World Series Of Fighting held a press conference yesterday to announce their first event, confirm their TV deal and show off some of their big new signings.
At the presser, former K-1 star Ray Sefo, who’s serving as the company’s president, confirmed that they have a one-year deal with NBC Sports which could see as many as 8-10 shows being televised.
As we reported earlier this week, amongst the key fighters now attached to WSOF is former WEC and UFC star Miguel Torres and he’ll headline their first event on November 3rd against an as-yet unnamed opponent.
There are other familiar names to be found on the debut card, including former TUF season 2 fighter and UFC veteran Josh Burkman who’ll go up against an opponent who also has experience in the Octagon, Gerald Harris.
Another notable fight sees former Strikeforce fighter ‘JZ’ Cavalcante face John Gunderson, while Gregor Gracie Vs Tyson Steele and Ronys Torres Vs Brian Cobb are also confirmed for the first NBC Sports broadcast event.
That’s not all though. Former pro-wrestling star Bobby Lashley was another big signing shown-off at the presser and he’s set to fight on the card too, while James McSweeney and Rolles Gracie are also linked to the event, but don’t yet have opponents.
All in all it looks to be a fairly decent card for a first event, but a big spanner in the works is that they’ll be going head-to-head with what just so happens to be one of the biggest Strikeforce events in recent times with their heavyweight tournament winner Daniel Cormier going up against the UFC’s Frank Mir.
Nonetheless, WSOF believe they are assembling an event that fans are going to want to see, and if they are able to follow through with their aggressive calender of events, putting multiple events on NBC Sports (formerly Versus) then they’ll certainly be one to watch in the coming year.