Arrant steps in on short notice against John Howard at WSOF 31

Arrant steps in on short notice against John Howard at WSOF 31

By Edward Carbajal

Photo: WSOF.com

Photo: WSOF.com

An injury has made WSOF adjust the card for WSOF 31. According to a release from the promotion, Mike Arrant (15-10) will replace injured Thiago Meller against John Howard (23-12) . The fight is to be contested at middleweight (185 pounds) given the short notice.

The 5-foot-9, 28-year-old Arrant, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, resides in Las Vegas, where he is a member of legendary champion Randy “The Natural” Couture’s Xtreme Couture fight squad. Arrant is looking to return to the win column following a unanimous decision defeat in his last start on August 7, 2015, at the hands of two-time UFC veteran Brock Jardine.  

Prior to the loss, Arrant had reeled off six consecutive victories, five of which he produced in the first round, by way of (T)KO or submission.  To date, 12 of his 15 professional wins have been finishes.

During the six-fight win streak, Arrant seized his first championship – regional promotion SteelFist Fight Night’s welterweight title – with a first round (5:00) TKO (retirement) of Carl Dieckmann on July 12, 2013.

Coming in on short notice against a fighter like John “Doomsday” Howard will surely be a big test for Arrant. Howard holds wins over Uriah Hall, Siyar Bahadurzada and Cathal Pendred.

WSOF31: Ivanov vs. Copeland world championship doubleheader Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, live on NBCSN (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. on Friday, June 17.

 

WSOF31: IVANOV VS. COPELAND MAIN CARD (Live on NBCSN)

 World Series of Fighting Heavyweight Championship Main Event:

Blagoy Ivanov (Champion) vs. Josh Copeland (Challenger)

Lightweight Co-Main Event:

Jason High vs. Mike Ricci

 Middleweight:  John Howard vs. Mike Arrant

Featherweight:  Luis Palomino vs. Sheymon Moraes

Middleweight: Phil Hawes vs. Josh Key

 

PRELIMINARY CARD (Live on WSOF.com)

 Lightweight: Tom Marcellino vs. Devin Powell

Heavyweight: Juliano Coutinho vs. Justin Willis

Heavyweight: Tyler King vs. Lorenzo Hood

Welterweight: Robert Fonseca vs. Sean Lally

Lightweight:  Bruce Boyington vs. Saul Almeida

Bantamweight:  Rodrigo Almeida vs. Ben Pierre-Saint

Lightweight: Marcus Surin vs. Christian Torres

 

Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.

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