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World Series of Fighting to air on NBC as part of new deal

Justin Gaethje at open workouts for World Series

(Credit: WSOF/Ryan Loco)

World Series of Fighting will make its debut on NBC on July 5 as part of the new deal announced Tuesday that extends the broadcast agreement throught 2017.

NBC will maintain exclusive rights to WSOF events, with most of them airing live on NBC Sports Network and featured on NBC's digital platforms.

But that July 5 card will air on NBC, the first time the network has put a WSOF event...

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Mutapcic gets show money after WSOF pill snafu

Elvis Mutapcic weighed in at 186 pounds for

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Elvis Mutapcic received his show money after having his World Series of Fighting debut bout scrapped just beforehand Saturday by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission when an inspector reported allegedly seeing him take a pill from a bottle that was previously undisclosed to the commission.

That's a small financial consolation for something Mutapcic says he didn't do.

"I really...

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Bret Hart, TMNT and Nick Newell

WSOF lightweight Nick Newell.

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I'm unsure the last time I watched an MMA pre-fight video feature that included mentions of both Bret "The Hitman" Hart AND the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Thank you, Nick Newell!

Of course, Newell's back story is far more compelling than terrific pop culture references.

Watch the embedded video below to learn more about the Springfield, Mass., native as Newell prepares...

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WSOF 4 pre-fights videos for Spong, DeAnda

Tyrone Spong waits for the start of the

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Tyrone Spong and Angel DeAnda headline the fourth offering from the World Series of Fighting on Aug. 10 in Ontario, Calif. (and airing live on NBC Sports Network).

Let's get you started for that bout with a pair of pre-fight videos.

Tyrone Spong

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Angel DeAnda

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Jon Fitch and Josh Burkman WSOF feature videos

Maybe that intense look on the face of

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Jon Fitch and Josh Burkman headline World Series of Fighting 3 this Friday in Las Vegas in what is the newer MMA promotion's biggest fight so far.

Below are featured videos on each fighter leading up to WSOF 3 on NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. ET Friday.

Jon Fitch


Josh Burkman

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Nick Newell, one-armed fighter, signs with World Series of Fighting

WSOF lightweight Nick Newell.

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Nick Newell has had nine professional MMA fights. He has won all nine, including eight in the first round.

He has done so without having a complete left arm.

Newell, a 27-year-old from Springfield, Mass., will bring his skills -- he won the XFC lightweight title last year -- to the World Series of Fighting, the promotion announced Tuesday. No fight date was announced, but Newell is expected...

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Performance vs. perception: The Benson Henderson story

UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, left, in action

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What do Benson Henderson, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Fitch have in common?

None of those three fighters have finished an opponent in three or more years.

What do Benson Henderson, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Fitch NOT have in common?

Henderson is the only one of those fighters that MMA people don’t complain about always going the distance in fights. Interesting, isn’t it?


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WSOF must find right balance

Maybe that intense look on the face of

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Andrei Arlovski and Anthony Johnson headlined the World Series of Fighting's second event Saturday night in Atlantic City. Two fighters who long ago established their names -- Arlovski a former UFC heavyweight champion, and Johnson a former UFC welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight whose multiple failures to make weight often overshadowed his considerable fighting skills.

The rest...

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World Series of Fighting gets big NBC Sports deal

Anthony Johnson, right, pops D.J. Linderman with a

(Credit: World Series of Fighting/Lucas Noonan)

The World Series of Fighting, one of the newest MMA promotions, announced Monday a three-year broadcast partnership with NBC Sports Network, one that promises at least six live events per year.

NBC Sports Network is NBC's fairly new 24-hour sports channel. The deal gives them another live event to promote -- and more importantly, the MMA audience to promote to. The network already airs NHL,...

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