WSOF 5: Anthony Johnson Out, Andrei Arlovski In!


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Mike Kyle has a new opponent for his WSOF 5 main event – he gets former UFC Champion Andrei Arlovski.

With the WSOF 4 event in the books this weekend, we can look forward to the WSOF 5, scheduled for Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 14th.  The headline fight was scheduled to be a Lightheavyweight battle between Anthony Johnson and Mike Kyle, however Johnson has been pulled due to an injury and replaced by Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski.  For Kyle, it will now be a drastically different match, and he will remain the underdog at the books in all likelihood.

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Kyle will now be fighting at Heavyweight, not at the 205 lb limit, and he will likely come into the fight between 225 and 230 lbs.  He has fought at heavyweight before, so the weight is not a big problem.    Arlovski will be taller and longer than Kyle, but he will weigh about 240 lbs, so Kyle will not be at a huge disadvantage in terms of physicality.

Arlovski is what he has always been.  A long, mobile heavyweight who is a polished boxer who has power in his punches.  He is not a massive Heavyweight, but he is a true heavyweight with a unique and somewhat appealing style.

This fight will probably be a stand up fight, and that favors Arlovski.  Arlovksi’s boxing is well above average by MMA standards, and he has considered making a boxing debut.  He has trained with world famous trainer Freddie Roach, so he will outclass Kyle over the course of a longer fight.

Kyle is a talented physical specimen who will have a chance in the fight.  His athleticism will allow him to negate some of Arlovski’s speed and lateral movement.  Arlovksi’s chin is his known big weakness, and Kyle will try to exploit that by landing a big punch.  If Kyle connects, you can look for the familiar scene of Arlovksi face down on the canvas.

Kyle, though he has a lot of talent and experience, has never been able to shed his well earned reputation as a hot head.  He has been flagged for fighting after the bell on several occasions, and his volatility in the gym in training is well known.  It is too much to expect Kyle to start putting it together this late in his career, but beating Arlovksi would at least establish him in the WSOF pecking order.

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