WSOF 2 Adds UFC Veteran Aaron Simpson to Five Fight Televised Main Card

Damon MartinContributor IFebruary 13, 2013

Oct 5, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Aaron Simpson fights Mike Pierce (not pictured) in their bout at the UFC on FX 5 at the Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

World Series of Fighting will debut their second show on March 23 with the card airing on NBC Sports Network, and they are pulling out all the stops for a blockbuster lineup.

The main event will pit former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski against fellow Octagon veteran Anthony Johnson, who moves up a weight class for a chance to face a tough challenge from the Russian heavyweight.

Also on the card will be a bantamweight showdown between Tyson Nam, who recently knocked out Bellator's 135 pound champion Eduardo Dantas, as he takes on Marlon Moraes fresh off of his win over former WEC king Miguel Torres.

“Andrei Arlovski, Anthony Johnson and Marlon Moraes are all coming off superb performances on our inaugural fight card, and Tyson Nam has been on fire of late, so we felt that it was essential to showcase these stars at the top of our first card on the East Coast," said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo via a press release distributed on Wednesday.

Former UFC welterweight Aaron Simpson, who recently exited the UFC after he was unable to come to terms on a new contact with the promotion, draws Josh Burkman in a 170 lb contest on the card.

Paulo Filho returns to action to face David Branch, while Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante takes on rising prospect Justin Gaethje rounding out the five fight main card that will air on NBC Sports Network.

One new fight that was confirmed to Bleacher Report on Wednesday by World Series of Fighting officials features former Strikeforce competitor Danillo Villefort as he takes on former Ultimate Fighter finalist Kris McCray in a bout on the night's undercard.

The card will take place at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey with preliminary bouts kicking off at 5:30pm ET and featured bouts airing on NBC Sports Network kicking off at 9:30pm ET.

The preliminary card will also feature six fights including Duke Roufus student Rick Glenn against Alexandre Pimentel, while former UFC competitor Waylon Lowe draws Ultimate Fighter veteran Cameron Dollar.

Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.