The name Mike Ciesnolevicz is a familiar one to MMA fans, though one you likely have not heard in a while. After racking up a list of victories as long as his last name, Ciesnolevicz made one of the most impressive UFC debuts of 2009, landing a quick submission victory over Neil Grove.
Since that eventful day in England, however, the Las Vegas native has only fought three more times, sitting on the shelf for the better part of the last 41 months nursing injuries. His latest setback resulted in surgery on his shoulder, which has kept him away from action much longer than anticipated. Ciesnolevicz’s original proposed return was July, which became September, and will now be no earlier than November.
When he returns, he will have a place to come back to. Ciesnolevicz has signed with the World Series of Fighting, joining the likes of Miguel Torres and Lyle Beerbohm calling the Ray Sefo-led promotion home.
“I believe (the World Series of Fighting) has the ability to do big things in the MMA world and I’m honored to be part of this great organization,” said Ciesnolevicz in a press release through his press agency, Apex Sports.
Ciesnolevicz takes his 19-4-1 career record to the upstart promotion, which holds its inaugural card on November 3, just days after his 33rd birthday.
Though there is no date or opponent for him yet, Ciesnolevicz will have won six of his last seven bouts coming into that night, and whomever stares across the cage from him that night will have to deal with almost two years worth of eager anticipation. Ciesnolevicz has not fought since May of 2011, and has been waiting since that day to keep showing off what he has been improving on.
“(Fans) can expect to see a very well-rounded display of mixed martial arts the next time I compete,” concluded Ciesnolevicz. “I have a few secret weapons that I have been dying to unleash.”
The inaugural World Series of Fighting card will take place at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. With Torres headlining against a yet-unannounced opponent, the card is also expected to feature Beerbohm and the MMA debut of Tyrone Spong, and will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network, beginning at 10:00 PM EST.