COMMENTARY | For a moment, it looked like the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 2 card was in danger of being cancelled due to the cage not being up to the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board's (NJSACB) standards, but the issue was addressed in time and the show went on as scheduled.
Here are the results of the WSOF 2 fight card held on March 23, at the Revel Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J:
Anthony Johnson def. Andrei ArlovskiJohnson and Arlovski came out swinging, with each man landing his share of decent shots early in their encounter. As the first round progressed, Johnson -- who has spent the majority of his professional MMA career fighting as a welterweight -- started getting the better of the striking exchanges, and he came close to finishing Andrei off at the end of the first round. Fortunately for "The Pit Bull," he was saved by the bell.
Johnson continued to dominate during the second round, but his cardio started to fade. Andrei tried to take advantage of Anthony's fatigue in the third round, and he managed to land some hard shots. However, it wasn't enough to make up for the first two rounds, as all three judges scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Johnson -- who emerges victorious in his heavyweight debut.
Marlon Moraes def. Tyson NamMoraes went right to work at WSOF 2, landing some nice combinations early in their encounter. He dropped Nam with a high-kick that barely grazed its target, and he followed up with some ground-n-pound, forcing referee Kevin Peterson to stop the contest at the 2:55 mark of the opening round.
David Branch def. Paulo FilhoBranch dominated their WSOF 2 clash from start to finish, taking Filho down at will and overwhelming the Brazilian in the striking department. It was as one-sided as a fight could be. Two judges scored the bout 30-27 while the third scored it 30-26, all in favor of Branch.
Josh Burkman def. Aaron SimpsonSimpson tried to grind out Burkman at WSOF 2, but "The People's Warrior" wasn't having any of it. Josh shrugged Simpson off from the clinch with ease, forcing him to stand and trade with him. He eventually hurt "A-Train" with a right hook, and he followed up with a relentless barrage of punches, capped off with a knee to Aaron's face which prompted referee Dan Miragliotta to jump in and stop the contest at 3:04 of the first round.
Justin Gaethje def. Gesias CavalcanteBoth men came out swinging at WSOF 2, with Gaethje getting the better of the exchanges. Justin opened up a nasty cut on "JZ" while working against the fence, and the cage-side doctor deemed the injury too severe to fight with shortly after, bringing an end to the contest at 2:27 of the first round.
Danillo Villefort def. Kris McCray (split decision)
Rick Glenn def. Alexandre Pimentel (KO, round three)
Waylon Lowe def. Cameron Dollar (KO, round one)
Richard Patishnock def. Igor Gracie (TKO, round one)
Ozzy Dugulubgov def. Chris Wade (unanimous decision)
Brenson Hansen def. Tom Marcellino (KO, round two)
Bill Algeo def. Frank Buenafuente (rear-naked choke, round two)
More from the Yahoo! Contributor Network:
- Martial Arts
- Sports & Recreation
- Andrei Arlovski