World Series of Fighting is set to make its debut on Saturday, while Resurrection Fighting Alliance comes to you with its fourth show on Friday evening. Both cards are exciting and stacked, which should allow for some great action.

From top to bottom, World Series of Fighting has UFC-caliber fighters that will excite the masses. The card boasts names such as Andrei Arlovski, Anthony Johnson, Miguel Torres, Tyrone Spong and others that could make World Series of Fighting a No. 2 promotion behind the UFC.

On the other hand, RFA has experienced veterans and plenty of up-and-coming talent to go around. With future stars such as Lance Palmer, Sergio Pettis and Chidi Njokuani supporting big show veterans like Efrain Escudero and Tyson Griffin, the card has all the potential for a classic night of fights.

The question is whether either can become the next Strikeforce.

World Series of Fighting has a talented roster of UFC-level fighters, a great television deal with NBC Sports and Ray Sefo running the show.

Sefo is going to have a good mind for the business. He is not a businessman per se, but he has been in the MMA and kickboxing business for a long time.

RFA, on the other hand, has already put on three dynamite cards and has proven to be a great regional promotion. The promotion just bought up Titan Fighting Championship, which will allow RFA to snag Titan’s television deal with AXS TV, a network that provides coverage of numerous regional promotions.

The difference between the two? RFA is going to be a great regional promotion that molds and pushes talent, while World Series of Fighting is going to push ahead to the top with established stars and famed veterans.

With the better TV deal and talent, World Series of Fighting will overtake Strikeforce and Bellator as the next best MMA promotion behind the UFC. It was not long ago that Strikeforce was the outright second best, but Zuffa’s purchase of the company has depleted the talent on its roster and basically drained the company dry.

RFA will have a great run in this business. It’s promotions like RFA that make stars, earn them cult followings and push them to the major leagues. Sure, the promotion will put on its top fights with noteworthy veterans like Escudero, Griffin and Gilbert Yvel, but it will likely stay a developmental company.

Expect World Series of Fighting to stick around for a while, put on some great cards and earn that second place moniker. It won’t ever come close to the UFC, but it will be an outright second among the rest of the competition.

Photo: World Series of Fighting’s Miguel Torres has his hand raised (James Law/Heavy MMA)

About The Author

Riley Kontek
Staff Writer

Riley Kontek is a Chicago-land native that has been an addict of mixed martial arts since the first Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz encounter. He has been writing on MMA for the last year and is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA. In addition to that, he used to host a weekly radio show on MMA. Though he has no formal training in mixed martial arts, Riley is a master in the art of hockey fighting.

  • Cam

    Definitely agree that the WSOF will be the clear winner on the regional scene. There are so many fight promotions on AXS, it’s easy to get lost in their lineup IMO. WSOF has NBC Sports all to themselves, some deep-pocketed backers and judging from the promos that they’ve been releasing and the strategy they’ve used to promote this first event, they know what they’re doing. If every card is as solid as Saturday’s, they’re going to be very successful.