Andrei Arlovski Steps into WSOF 5 Main Event with Anthony Johnson Injured

August 9, 2013
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Andrei ArlovskiWorld Series of Fighting is making a quick turn from this weekend’s WSOF 4 to next month’s WSOF 5, but Anthony Johnson won’t be making the quick turn with them as planned.

Anthony Johnson was scheduled to headline World Series of Fighting 5 on Sept. 14 in Atlantic City, N.J., squaring off with fellow UFC veteran Mike Kyle, but he has been forced out of the bout due to injury.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has already agreed to step in and take his place. WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed the change to It was first reported by

The bout could end up being a bit of redemption for Arlovski (19-10, 1 NC), should he win.

Arlovski had won four of his last five bouts (four wins and one no contest). His run of success was disrupted by Johnson, who won a unanimous decision victory over the Belarusian in the World Series of Fighting 2 main event.

Kyle (20-9-1, 2 NC) enters the fight with a victory over fellow-UFC veteran Travis Wiuff at CFA 11 in May. He should be brimming with confidence, having knocked Wiuff out a mere 21 seconds into the fight.

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  • Anthony was on a roll. This sucks. No offense to Arlovski. I just see AJ as the face of their promotion at LHW.

    • Served

      this fight is at HW

      • True but I was saying in general I see him as their LHW face assuming he wouldn’t be staying at HW there. Why is he rumored to stay HW?

  • bajafox

    Funny how they have to mention fighters are “UFC veterans” as if that legitimizes their status


    I’m surprised Lew Polley didn’t offer to step in for A. Johnson.


    Arlovski is going to need a thicker beard to hide that chin, in this one.