Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle Headlines World Series of Fighting 5

July 15, 2013
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MMA World Series of Fighting LogoA light heavyweight bout between knockout artist Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (15-4) and slugger Mike “MAK” Kyle (20-9-1) headlines World Series of Fighting’s return to Revel Casino Hotel’s Ovation Hall in on New Jersey’s Revel Atlantic City on September 14.

The contest serves as the main event of “World Series of Fighting 5: Johnson vs. Kyle,” which airs live on NBC Sports Network and marks the promotion’s second visit to the venue.

With 23 knockout victories between them, both Johnson and Kyle are fierce strikers capable of downing any foe with a single blow.

Johnson, of Boca Raton, Fla., made his World Series of Fighting debut at the promotion’s very first event and delivered a “Knockout of the Year” candidate finish of the durable D.J. Linderman. The 29-year-old Blackzilians product returned to action in March and scored a convincing decision win over former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder Andrei Arlovski.

Johnson now returns to the light-heavyweight division on the strength of a five-fight win streak and quickly is establishing himself as one of World Series of Fighting’s most dynamic athletes.

Meanwhile, Kyle is a 12-year veteran of the sport who hails from one of MMA’s most-respected fight camps, American Kickboxing Academy. A resident of San Jose, Calif., Kyle is no stranger to the spotlight and has stepped in the cage against a who’s who list of MMA’s top fighters in two weight classes, including Paul Buentello, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, James Irvin, Gegard Mousasi, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Krzysztof Soszynski and Fabricio Werdum, among others.

Kyle fought most recently in May, when he needed just 21 seconds to score a knockout win over 86-fight veteran Travis “Diesel” Wiuff.

World Series of Fighting 5 features a five-fight main card in addition to a full lineup of preliminary contests. Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

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  • Interesting bout. If Mike Kyle engages this can go either way. I thought Arlovski was doing pretty well against Johnson but didn’t put on the pressure to take the win. He caught him a couple of times and backed off. I wonder if AJ would head back to the UFC or stay as a household name for WSOF and be in talks for a title fight.

    • Chris

      I hope he stays with the WSOF. He’s had a ton of success there and is one of their most popular fighters, I’d like to see him eventually win their title. Only thing that complicates it is that Spong is his training partner and also looks to be a fixture in their LHW division.

      • I don’t know much about their roster, I’m guessing it’s short but I hope that issue doesn’t not come anytime soon.

  • jojo

    Johnson better make weight! If he can’t make it at LHW then he’s absolute lost cause.