According to a report on MMAJunkie.com on Monday, the World Series of Fighting has landed a three year deal with NBC Sports Network to air their events. The same network carried the WSOF's inaugural show last November, however, there was no long term agreement at that time.
The first event under the new deal is scheduled to take place in Atlantic City, N.J on March 23 and already has a main event lined up. Andrei Arlovski (19-9) will take on Anthony Johnson (14-4) in an interesting contest that will see Johnson climb up yet another weight class.
Terms of the deal are said to call for at least six events, all of which would air and stream on NBCSports.com
"We are thrilled to call NBC Sports Network the home of World Series of Fighting," stated WSOF President Ray Sefo. "This partnership will allow us to build the World Series of Fighting brand of world-class MMA competition before a dedicated national audience of passionate sports fans and place our athletes on the big stage that they deserve."
The World Series of Fighting struck a one-fight, time-buy deal with the NBC Sports Network this past November to air their first event. That card also featured both Andrei Arlovski and Anthony Johnson.
Following that card, WSOF officials expressed optimism about continuing their relationship with NBC, but could not say whether or not the event was going to be able to launch them into a longer term deal with the network.
With today's announcement, we have an answer to that question after months of speculation.
The NBC Sports Network currently is home of the National Hockey League, Summer and Winter Olympics, and Major League Soccer. It is available in over 80 million households in the United States.
Andrei Arlovski and Anthony Johnson are probably the two highest profile fighters currently on the WSOF roster. In November, both turned in impressive performances with Johnson knocking out D.J. Linderman and Arlovski doing the same to Devin Cole. Both stoppages came in the first round. This fight will mark the debut at heavyweight for Anthony Johnson who has had difficulty in the past making weight for his contracted fights.