The World Series of Fighting will return to Atlantic City in September.

The Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts organization will stage its second card at Revel Casino-Hotel on Sept. 14.

Revel announced the event in a statement Monday.

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Tickets, which start at $29, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at Revel and through Ticketmaster. NBC Sports Network will televise the fights.

WSOF, which was created earlier this year by Ray Sefo, first appeared at Revel on March 23. One of the stars of that card, light-heavyweight Anthony Johnson (15-4), will fight in the main event on Sept. 14 against Mike Kyle (20-9-1). In his last fight at Revel, Johnson moved up to heavyweight and upset former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski with a three-round, unanimous decision.

Johnson, a 29-year-old Boca Raton, Fla., resident, has posted five straight victories, including three for WSOF.

Kyle, from San Jose, Calif., will make his WSOF debut after previous stints with the UFC, Strikeforce, WEC and other MMA organizations. In his last outing, the 33-year-old posted a 21-second knockout of Travis Wiuff on May 24 while fighting in Coral Gables, Fla., for the Florida-based Championship Fighting Alliance (CFA).

The rest of the Revel five-fight main card and additional preliminary bouts will be announced at a later date. The preliminary bouts will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be streamed live on NBC Sports Network will televise the five main bouts starting at 10:30 p.m.

The WSOF is among three pro MMA organizations scheduled to hold cards in Atlantic City over the next three months.

Vineland-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) will return to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on Aug. 17. Former UFC competitor Charlie Brenneman (18-5) will meet Kyle Baker (13-7) for the vacant CFFC lightweight title.

Brenneman, a 32-year-old from East Stroudsburg, Pa., went 4-4 while fighting as a welterweight for the UFC. Since dropping to lightweight, he’s won three straight, including two for CFFC.

“I’ve said from Day 1 that Charlie is with CFFC for a pit stop,” CFFC president Rob Haydak said in a statement. “At lightweight, he’s one of the best in the world. He deserves to be right back in the UFC if he defeats Kyle.”

Baker, 32, from Harrisonburg, Va., is fighting for the first time at lightweight after previously campaigning at welterweight. In his last bout, he scored a first-round knockout over Aung La Nsang for CFFC on April 13.

Because he was not among the top contenders to challenge for CFFC’s welterweight title, he opted to go to lightweight for this opportunity.

Brenneman is known for his wrestling ability while Baker considers himself more well-rounded.

“Wrestling got me into MMA, but I don’t rely on that to win,” Baker said in a statement. “Wrestlers are boring. I see (Brenneman) continually trying for takedowns and me stuffing them. I’ll break him and then I’ll knock him out.”

Atlantic City-based Ring of Combat will be back at Tropicana Casino Resort on Sept. 20.

ROC heavyweight champion Brendan Barrett (8-6-1), of Tuckerton, is scheduled to be in action, along with fellow champions Andre Harrison (featherweight, 6-0) and Phillippe Nover (lightweight, 8-5-1).

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