ATLANTIC CITY — The canvas fit Saturday night.
World Series of Fighting, the newest professional mixed martial arts organization, was able to hold its second card as scheduled at Revel once it found a mat that would cover the entire floor of the cage.
The card appeared in jeopardy a day earlier when the New Jersey Athletic Control Board official Nicholas Lembo informed the WSOF that the canvas it had ordered for the show was a foot too short. In addition, there was insufficient padding on the ring posts.
The WSOF borrowed post pads from Vineland-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships but was forced to have a canvas flown in from its Las Vegas offices.
“The canvas got here around 10 a.m. today,” Lembo said Saturday night.
Once the issues were resolved, the WSOF put on an action-packed show before appoximately 2,000 fans.
WSOF will be back at Revel, perhaps as soon as this summer.
“We’ll definitely be back,” WSOF president Ray Sefo said Friday. “Revel has been very helpful and accommodating to us.”
In the main event, Anthony Johnson (16-3), of Boca Raton, Fla., moved up to heavyweight and scored an upset with a three-round, unanimous decision over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (19-10).
In the co-feature, bantamweight contender Marlong Moraes notched a stunning, first-round knockout over Tyson Nam (12-5), of Honolulu.
New York middleweight David Branch (12-3) punished former WEC champion Paulo Filhoh (23-5), of Brazil, en route to a three-round, unanimous decision.
On the televised undercard, Denver lightweight Justin Gaethje (8-0) was awarded a first-round TKO over J.Z. Cavalcante (16-7), of Delray Beach, Fla. Ringside physicians stopped the bout because of a cut on Cavalcante’s scalp. Salt Lake City welterweight Josh Burkman (25-9) won via first-round knockout over Aaron Simpson (12-5), of Tempe, Ariz.
In other early fights, Bill Algeo (3-1), of State College, Pa., used a rear naked choke to earn a second-round submission over Newark’s Frank Buenafuente (2-1) in a lightweight bout.
Hawaii native Brenson Hansen (4-1) notched a second-round TKO over Tom Marcellino (4-2), of Amsterdam, N.Y., in a catchweight fight at 150 pounds.
New York City fighter Ozzy Dugulubgov (4-1) handed Chris Wade (5-1), of Islip, N.Y., his first loss with a three-round, unanimous decison at 160.
Whippany welterweight Rich Patishnock (5-1) earned a first-round TKO over Brazlian Igor Gracie (5-4) when a shoulder injury forced doctors to stop the bout after the first round.
Philadelphia bantamweight Waylon Lowe (14-4) scored a one-punch, first-round knockout over Cameron Dollar (11-5), of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Milwaukee bantamweight Rick Glenn (13-2) posted the most impressive victory in the non-TV fights with a third-round knockout over formerly unbeaten Brazilian Alexandre Pimentel (12-1).
An action-packed bout saw middleweight Danillo Villefort (14-4), of Coconut Creek, Fla., gain a split decision over Toms River’s Kris McCray (8-5).
Punchlines: MMA returns to Revel on April 4 when Bellator makes its debut at the property after a stint at Caesars Atlantic City. A day later, Ring of Combat will stage at card at Tropicana Casino Resort. Vineland-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships will hold its next show at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on May 11.
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