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Friday, Oct 12, 2012

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” Strikeforce’s Loss is World Series of Fighting’s Gain

World Series of Fighting President and six-time world kickboxing champion Ray Sefo

By Joshua Molina

Strikeforce’s bad luck could be the World Series of Fighting’s good twist of fate.

Strikeforce announced today that it has canceled its injury-plagued Nov. 3 show. That means the World Series of Fighting’s show on the same night will now air without any MMA competition.

The World Series of Fighting show will air on the NBC Sports Network, and is headlined by a 2.0 Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole, in a heavyweight attraction. All eyes will be on the show to see if the start-up can potentially compete with the UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator.

The backing of NBC for the first show is certainly a good sign. World Series of Fighting needs a strong rating to convince NBC to continue to broadcast the league.

A lot of fans – and MMA fighters – want to see the World Series of Fighting succeed, so that there will be more options for the fighters.

In what could be a show stealer Saturday night at UFC 153,  rising star Erick Silva battles John Fitch in somewhat of a crossroads match for the two superstars.

Silva is a thrill to watch. Fast, hungry and aggressive, Silva is a fighter’s fighter.

He battles the once-great John Fitch. If Silva wins, he’s in title contention. Fitch, who was knocked out in 12 seconds in his last fight, needs an impressive performance to get back in the title hunt.

With so much on the line for these fighters, expect fireworks. This fight could very well be the breakthrough moment for the sizzling Silva.

It was hilarious to hear the UFC announcers barely mention Fedor Emelianenko during last week’s show on FX during the Bigfoot Silva vs. Travis Browne fight. Silva was only described as the man “who had fought two former UFC champions Andrei Arlovski and Cain Velasquez.

It’s pretty obvious that Bigfoot’s biggest win was over Fedor, but the UFC has made a lot of effort to trash and ignore Fedor’s legacy – because he never signed with UFC.

posted by JoshuaM @ 4:04 pm
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