A little more than a week away from the World Series of Fighting, and only WSOF President “Sugar” Ray Sefo’s level of excitement could come close to the excitement of his fighters.

Earlier today, Sefo, Andrei Arlovski, Devin Cole, Anthony Johnson and DJ Linderman spoke to the media in regards to the event, which emanates live from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and takes center stage for the eyes and ears of the MMA world on Nov. 3.

Prelims will air on Sherdog at 7: 30 p.m. ET, with the five-fight main card airing on NBC Sports Network at 10:30 ET.

With the event almost one week away, all the headliners and co-headliners showed an excitement for being involved in WSOF’s first event. Of course, while Arlovski keeps up with a busy 2012 after a controversial no-contest against Tim Sylvia at ONE FC’s last event, opponent Devin Cole expressed how much of an honor it’d be for the former Strikeforce heavyweight to fight the former UFC heavyweight champion.

“I think it’s the best fight I’ve ever had,” Cole said, “I’m in the best shape of my life, and I’m ready for the best Andrei.”

Cole’s last outing came at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal, in which he earned a unanimous-decision win over Gabriel Salinas-Jones and rides a three-fight win streak. Despite this, he will fight for the first time this year when he competes against Arlovski.

Former UFC welterweight-turned light heavyweight Johnson and opponent Linderman—the latter of whom doubles as Cage Warriors heavyweight champion—shared similar sentiments about their tilt, which comes in the event’s co-feature bout.

“I think this fight is going to be awesome,” Johnson said, “DJ’s a great competitor, he’s really, really tough, and he has a great team…Just with the atmosphere around Vegas, you know they have a good time, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Johnson complimented his foe by regarding him as “the next best thing coming” before expressing that his move to 205 was a blessing. In similar fashion, Linderman showed respect to Johnson and expressed his appreciation for the opportunity he has in front of him.

“I appreciate the fight with Anthony,” Linderman said. “He’s a great fighter. I’m just here to prove that I belong in the same category as him—he’s a Top 20 fighter in the world, and I’m glad they’re giving me the chance to fight him in front of the world.”

Like “Rumble”, Linderman carries a three-fight win streak into his upcoming tilt after suffering a loss in 2012. Both men aim for the win column next weekend, but only one can get that all-important “W”.

Of course, President Sefo knows about the importance of a win. A six-time world kickboxing champion himself, Sefo understands how much momentum comes with a streak of victories. In the WSOF’s inaugural outing, no words could appropriately capture the true significance of a victory under the promotion’s banner.

Of course, all speculation of “competing with the UFC” aside, all Sefo wants out of Nov. 3 resembles all that a promoter could want out of their card, which is a showcase of all the best talent in the sport of mixed martial arts.

“We are really happy where we are today,” Sefo said. “We’re not in competition with anybody. We’re in competition with ourselves. Obviously, our goal is to try and be to the best we can be…to put on the best fights we can and for the guys to perform the best they can on the night.”

If the World Series of Fighting should knock next Saturday’s card out of the ballpark, nobody will question the promotion’s ability to deliver excitement on a consistent basis, even if they are not the only show in town that promises such high-caliber action from the first second until the final minutes of every fight.

Photo: WSoF President Ray Sefo (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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Dale De Souza
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Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.