(PRESS RELEASE) -- LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 2, 2012) – Ten bouts, including the heavyweight main event between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski (17-9) of Minsk, Belarus and KO artist Devin Cole (20-9) of Medford, Ore. were made official today for the first-ever World Series of Fighting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event tomorrow/Saturday, Nov. 3, at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, live on NBC Sports Network.
Arlovski weighed in at 247 pounds while Cole tipped the scales at 249 pounds.
A scheduled preliminary card featherweight (145 pounds) matchup between Fabio Mello and Waylon Lowe was scrapped due to an injury sustained by Mello.
Tickets for the inaugural World Series of Fighting event are priced from $19.99, and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, at all Caesars Entertainment and Ticketron outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000.
The live NBC Sports Network telecast of the World Series of Fighting event will begin at 10:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. PST.
The live, free-of-charge stream of the first three undercard bouts will begin at 7:45 p.m. EST/4:45 p.m. PST.
In the light heavyweight (205 pounds) co-main event, hard-hitting superstar Anthony Johnson (13-4) of Boca Raton, Fla. will face off with fellow sensation D.J. Linderman (14-3) of Yreka, Calif.
In other main card action, bantamweight (135 pounds) submission wizard Miguel Angel Torres (40-5) of East Chicago, Ind. will lock up with two-time national Muay Thai champion and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Marlon Moraes (8-4-1) of Jupiter, Fla. via Nova Friburgo, Brazil.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Gregor Gracie (7-2) of New York, N.Y. via Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will face off with red-hot prospect Tyson Steele (9-1) of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CA in a welterweight (168 pounds) contest.
The MMA debut of kickboxing phenom Tyrone Spong (0-0) of Boca Raton, Fla. via Amsterdam, Netherlands, will go on as planned despite the fact that Spong’s opponent, power puncher Travis Bartlett (7-2) of Bangor, Maine, failed to make weight. Barlett weighed in at 207 pounds, one pound over the allowance for the scheduled light heavyweight (205 pounds) matchup.
Streaking Ronys Torres (25-4) of Manacapuru, Amazonas, Brazil will meet dangerous submission specialist Brian Cobb (19-7) of Bakersfield, Calif. in a lightweight (155 pounds) tilt. Josh Burkman (23-9) of Salt Lake City, Utah will battle fellow star Gerald Harris (21-4) of Tulsa, Okla. at welterweight on the preliminary card.
Seasoned warrior Gesias Cavalcante (16-6-1) Deerfield Beach, Fla. by way of Brazil will take on submission expert T.J. O’Brien (19-5) of Prole, Iowa at lightweight.
The live Sherdog.com stream will begin with the middleweight (185 pounds) contest between David Branch (10-3) of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Dustin Jacoby (10-2) of Arenzville, Ill.
Doors at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino open at 4 p.m. PST tomorrow.
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