Thursday, September 12th, 2013


Main Event Features Andrei Arlovski vs. Mike Kyle

Co-Main Event: David Branch vs. Danillo Villefort

Co-Feature Bouts Include Rolles Gracie vs. Derrick Mehmen, Jesse Taylor vs. Elvis Mutapcic & Waylon Lowe vs. Georgi Karakhanyan

World Series of Fighting: Future Champs Premieres Two New Episodes Back-to-Back Episodes on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – September 12, 2013 – World Series of Fighting (WSOF) returns to NBCSN this Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9 p.m. ET in the promotion’s fourth show of 2013 with a top card of top-level mixed martial arts (MMA). In addition, World Series of Fighting: Future Champs premieres two new episodes back-to-back Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The main event features a heavyweight tilt between two-time WSOF veteran and former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski (1-1 WSOF, 19-10 MMA) of Minsk, Belarus, and elite kick boxer Mike “MAK” Kyle (20-9-1) of San Jose, Calif. A former King of the Cage light heavyweight champion, Kyle makes his WSOF debut against Arlovski, who in his first WSOF appearance scored a TKO win over Devin Cole. Arlovski had built a four-fight win streak before suffering a loss to Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at this past March’s WSOF 2 event.

The co-main event features a middleweight contest between two-time World Series of Fighting veteran David Branch (12-3) of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo black belt Danillo “Indio” Villefort (14-4) of Coconut Creek, Fla. Branch looks to extend his two-fight winning streak against Villefort, who is currently 5-1 in his past six fights.

In a second heavyweight bout, Rolles Gracie (8-1) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, faces Derrick “Caveman” Mehmen (15-5) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Gracie, the son of “the father of modern jiu-kitsu” Rolls Gracie, has won all eight of his fights by submission. Mehmen, an American Top Fighter, makes his heavyweight debut with a three-fight win streak and ten knockouts. In an additional middleweight bout, The Ultimate Fighter 7 finalist with a six-fight win streak Jesse “JT Money” Taylor (26-9) of San Diego, Calif., steps into the cage against Elvis “The King” Mutapcic (13-2) of Des Moines, Iowa, who boasts a five-fight win streak and was a champion in Canada’s Maximum Fighting Championship. Taylor holds championship belts for Europe’s Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and Australia’s K-Oz Entertainment.

The featherweight competition features Waylon Lowe (14-4) of Philadelphia, Pa., and Georgi “Insane” Karakhanyan (21-3-1) of Riverside, Calif. This will be Lowe’s second fight under the World Series of Fighting banner after his first ended in a first round knockout win over Cameron Dollar. Lowe has won his past four fights by knockout. Karakhanyan, a former professional soccer player, is on a seven-fight win streak.

Class Fighters
Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski vs. Mike Kyle
Middleweight David Branch vs. Danillo Villefort
Heavyweight Rolles Gracie vs. Derrick Mehmen
Middleweight Jesse Taylor vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Featherweight Waylon Lowe vs. Georgi Karakhanyan

COMMENTATORS: Play-by-play announcer Kenny Rice and mixed martial artist and analyst Bas Rutten will call the action from Ovation Hall at Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J.


World Series of Fighting: Future Champs showcases MMA action from the sports’ rising stars with two new episodes on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. MMA fighters featured include Jared “The Jackhammer” Papazian (17-10) of West Hills, Calif., against John Robles (7-2) of El Segundo, Calif., and Jorge “The Sandman” Santiago (25-12) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, facing Gerald “Hurricane” Harris (22-5) of Tulsa, Okla., from Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.


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About World Series of Fighting: NBC Sports Network and World Series of Fighting agreed to a three-year partnership in February 2013. The agreement includes at least six events per year on NBC Sports Network beginning this year.

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