Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole to headline World Series of Fighting 1

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Budgellism
9/25/12 11:37:02AM
World Series of Fighting has a headliner for its debut event.

A heavyweight bout between Andrei Arlovski (17-9) and Devin Cole (20-9-1) will serve as the main event of WSOF 1, officials today announced.

WSOF 1 takes place Nov. 3 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The event's main card airs live on NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Versus.

"We are thrilled to welcome both Andrei and Devin to the World Series of Fighting roster and to have them headline our first live event," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo stated.

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cowcatcher
9/25/12 11:42:28AM
That's a pretty decent first card so far, hopefully the blanks get filled in with some decent names.
emfleek
9/25/12 11:42:52AM
Interesting. Torres was supposed to headline. I'm assuming he's either hurt or they couldn't find a suitable opponent?
cowcatcher
9/25/12 11:47:38AM

Posted by emfleek

Interesting. Torres was supposed to headline. I'm assuming he's either hurt or they couldn't find a suitable opponent?



He's still listed against the formidable TBA.
george112
9/25/12 12:08:17PM

Posted by emfleek

Interesting. Torres was supposed to headline. I'm assuming he's either hurt or they couldn't find a suitable opponent?



My guess is they think AA is a bigger name. I agree with them though.
Maybe they thought Torres was the biggest name they could get before the event?
DrivenDavies15
9/25/12 12:09:24PM
So pumped for this event. Hoping for a AA KO
tcunningham
9/25/12 12:40:21PM
i'll watch, but AA has become stale for me. i just dont really care about his fights anymore. i am more interested in the torres fight assuming they will find him an opponent.
Bubbles
9/25/12 12:57:27PM
no AA vs Cormier
pmoney
9/25/12 1:43:35PM
I personally enjoy watching Arlovski fight. I didn't think he stood a chance against Fedor, but he was picking him apart before he jumped into Fedor's right hand. He's always exciting.
scoozna
9/25/12 2:18:50PM
I dig watching AA too. My expectations are not very high, but he's one of those guys I keep routing for.

I'd rather see Torres headline too...
bjj1605
9/25/12 2:26:40PM
With regards to headliners, it often comes down to weight class.

Andrei Arlovski and Miguel Torres are similar with regards to their star power (though Torres has been a top contender more recently) but AA takes the slot because he is a HW. Casual fans, in general, prefer the big guys to the small ones.

Sad fact if you're a little MMA fighter, but it seems to be true.
prozacnation1978
9/25/12 2:29:36PM
Pretty nice card for their first event
scoozna
9/25/12 2:34:22PM

Posted by bjj1605

With regards to headliners, it often comes down to weight class.

Andrei Arlovski and Miguel Torres are similar with regards to their star power (though Torres has been a top contender more recently) but AA takes the slot because he is a HW. Casual fans, in general, prefer the big guys to the small ones.

Sad fact if you're a little MMA fighter, but it seems to be true.



I totally agree. I'll forgive them, as they try to get WSOF off the ground...
FastKnockout
9/25/12 3:40:42PM

Posted by pmoney

I personally enjoy watching Arlovski fight. I didn't think he stood a chance against Fedor, but he was picking him apart before he jumped into Fedor's right hand. He's always exciting.



This. I'm always excited to see Arlovski, win or lose.
Cooler
9/25/12 5:27:09PM

Posted by bjj1605

With regards to headliners, it often comes down to weight class.

Andrei Arlovski and Miguel Torres are similar with regards to their star power (though Torres has been a top contender more recently) but AA takes the slot because he is a HW. Casual fans, in general, prefer the big guys to the small ones.

Sad fact if you're a little MMA fighter, but it seems to be true.



Really? I've heard way higher cheers for Arlovski than I have for Torres

Even in both of their primes (or now) I still think Andrei got the more love.

I do agree with your sentiments about little guys not getting the love of the big guys.
Chael_Sonnen
9/25/12 8:30:59PM
Can't wait to fly out to Vegas to watch these fights in person......I'm pulling for TBA
BuffaloDave
9/25/12 9:35:28PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen

Can't wait to fly out to Vegas to watch these fights in person......I'm pulling for TBA








Cole is a semi-tough opponent for AA. Hopefully AA brings it like he did against the fight Timmay, he had that killer instinct he was lacking in his previous to wins.
bjj1605
9/25/12 10:59:06PM

Posted by Cooler


Really? I've heard way higher cheers for Arlovski than I have for Torres

Even in both of their primes (or now) I still think Andrei got the more love.

I do agree with your sentiments about little guys not getting the love of the big guys.



What I should have said was:

"They have the same star power all other things being equal."

Andrei has more star power because he is a HW. I'm talking Pound for Pound Popularity here.
meier
9/26/12 12:41:46AM
Wont be there...as for cormier's next opponent how about mark hunt?
Poor_Franklin
9/26/12 4:09:25AM

Posted by meier

Wont be there...as for cormier's next opponent how about mark hunt?



Buffalo Dave said in a previous thread that Hunt said on twitter he was still nursing a knee injury
Cooler
9/26/12 4:19:13PM

Posted by bjj1605


Posted by Cooler


Really? I've heard way higher cheers for Arlovski than I have for Torres

Even in both of their primes (or now) I still think Andrei got the more love.

I do agree with your sentiments about little guys not getting the love of the big guys.



What I should have said was:

"They have the same star power all other things being equal."

Andrei has more star power because he is a HW. I'm talking Pound for Pound Popularity here.



I what you did there, props.
Kpro
9/26/12 6:20:09PM
Arlovski vs. Torres and they both would've headlined. Problem solved.