Andrei Arlovski in for injured Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle at WSOF 5
A training injury has forced Anthony Johnson
(15-4) to withdraw from World Series of Fighting 5.
Johnson's scheduled opponent, Mike Kyle
(20-9-1), will now meet ex-UFC champ Andrei Arlovski
(30-10) at heavyweight in the headliner of the Sept. 14 event. WSOF 5 takes place at Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J. Its main card airs live on NBC Sports Network.
) confirmed the switch with the promotion following a report from MMAFighting.com
Arlovski most recently appeared at WSOF 2 in March, where he lost a unanimous decision to Johnson in the event's headliner. He won his WSOF debut with a first-round TKO of Devin Cole
Kyle makes his promotional debut following a 21-second knockout of Travis Wiuff
at CFA 11, which put him on good footing after a first-round submission loss to Gegard Mousasi
in the now-defunct Strikeforce.
WSOF 5 also features the opening round of a four-man middleweight tournament, featuring Dave Branch
(12-3) vs. Danillo Villefort
(14-4) and Elvis Mutapcic
(13-2) vs. Jesse Taylor
WIth the change, the WSOF 5 card now includes:
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Mike Kyle
- Dave Branch vs. Danillo Villefort - middleweight tournament semifinals
- Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor - middleweight tournament semifinals
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