With undefeated Canadian contender Josh Hill forced to withdraw from a planned title fight with reigning World Series of Fighting bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. via Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, submission ace Cody Bollinger (16-2) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. has agreed to step up on short notice and face Moraes in the headlining bout of the World Series of Fighting 13 event at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Penn. on Saturday, Sept. 13, live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).
Moraes and Bollinger will meet in a 140-pound catchweight contest, and while World Series of Fighting officials initially expected the contest to be a non-title affair, Moraes is so confident in his chances, he's promised to send Bollinger the bantamweight title belt should "The Cali Cowboy" prove victorious.
"I don't know how we can make it official, but as far as I'm concerned, this is a title fight," said a fired up Moraes. "Anytime I'm fighting, I'm fighting as a champion and I'm defending my belt. I don't know how everybody else will see it but, to me, this is my next title fight and, if Cody wins, I'll send him my belt. If I'm going to be a champion, I have to beat everybody I fight."
"This is an amazing opportunity that came my way from a first-rate fight promotion, and I plan on making my fans proud," said Bollinger. "I will be ready to go at it full force come fight time, shock the world and put an end to Marlon's win streak."
"World Series of Fighting 13: Moraes vs. Bollinger" takes place Saturday, Sept. 13, at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Penn. Tickets for the event, which include cageside seats for just $129, are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
Doors to the venue open at 5 p.m. ET, with a full preliminary card getting underway at 6 p.m. ET. The live, NBCSN-broadcast main card kicks off at 9 p.m. ET.
"I thought Moraes vs. Hill was going to be an incredible championship fight, but this new pairing might better," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "Marlon isn't exactly Cody's biggest fan, and Marlon guaranteed me he was going to knock Cody out. Meanwhile, Cody didn't hesitate for one moment when he was given the opportunity to step in on just 10 days' notice, proving what a warrior he really is at heart.
"Now with Marlon promising to put his belt on the line despite fighting at 140 pounds, I think this fight just got even more interesting."
Brazilian striking specialist Moraes has staked his claim as one of the biggest superstars of World Series of Fighting, a process that started nearly two years ago when he upset former WEC champion Miguel Torres by split decision. He then registered additional wins against Tyson Nam, Brandon Hempleman and Carson Beebe before claiming the inaugural World Series of Fighting bantamweight title fight against Josh Rettinghouse earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Bollinger fought most recently in July, earning a first-round submission win over Pablo Alfonso. While the 23-year-old impressed with his performance, he struggled to make weight for the bantamweight matchup and was planning a move to 145 pounds. However, the opportunity to take on Moraes was too enticing to pass up, and Bollinger believes he'll prove his worth by defeating World Series of Fighting's bantamweight title holder.
World Series of Fighting matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz said didn't expect the belt to be on the line for the contest but is happy to honor the wishes of his two athletes in what's quickly shaping up to be an epic grudge match.
"Cody simply can't make 135 pounds in a little more than a week, but he's confident he can beat Marlon, and that's why he took this fight," Abdelaziz said. "And honestly, I think Marlon offering to put his title on the line anyway shows what an incredible champion he is. I've been telling everyone for a while now, I think Marlon Moraes is the best bantamweight fighter in the world. I think he can beat anybody in the world at 135 pounds – anybody. Now he's proving that he has the true heart of a champion, as well, willingly moving up in weight for this challenge and promising to put his belt on the line, anyway. It's incredible."
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WCFL - World Class Fight League X took placeTampa Fl live from Double Tree Hotel Resort. Some great fights on hand as well as a few exhibition matches to ring in their two year anniversary putting together some of the best amateur fights in the Sunshine State. Headlined by Nick Recchia of D'Angelo MMA taking on Chicago fighter Vik Dikit. Notable matches were Ryan Donnellyof Grady MMA earning a brutal KO over Jeremey Christensen. A hard fought match with Aaron Foster of Omega MMA edging out Roderick Stevenson of Tiger Schulmann. Mike Miller of Gracie Tampa South sing some slick jiu jitsu to get the tap from Chris Simpkins of Frontline Fitness. And an all out BRAWL between Sarah Kleczka of WCMA and Angel Keihl of Team Trauma. The entire crowd was on their feet for the this one as Kleczka got the decision victory. Great card from top to bottom and we look forward to the next one.
Join us after the jump for pics and results.
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Meet Emily. This buff blonde and beautiful stunner was crowned the winner of the World Class Fight League Ring Girl search held at the world famous Penthouse Club in Tampa, FL last month. She will be gracing the cage with her presence between rounds at WCFL but thankfully we managed to get our hands on some of her pics from her latest smoking HOT photoshoot, in case you want a better look!
In the contest she was going up against some tough competition but her outgoing personality and banging body clearly captured the eyes of the judges. She’s worked hard to get that body through years of doing cross fit training and we sure can appreciate the fruits of her labor. We’re sure you guys won’t mind either so thats why she’s getting her own spotlight here at Models and MMA. Join us after the jump to get to know more of this sexy ring girl. See what she does to keep her body looking good and what she’s looking for in a guy. Just a heads up though, if you want a shot at a date with her “bro you better lift.”
In the meantime be sure to follow her on Instagram: @electric__emily
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As if this weekend wasn’t busy enough, UFC and Bellator had Friday Night fights and UFC delivered some awesome finishes on their Fight Night 50: Jacare vs Mousasi 2 line up.
Starting off slow with the prelims, the first three fights went to decisions but picked up the pace quickly as the rest of the card delivered some brutal finishes and fast paced action.
Joe Lauzon earned Fight of the Night honors in his fight with Michael Chiesa while Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Ben Rothwell both took home performance of the night honors with their wins.
Jacare’s forced the always tough Mousasi to tap via guillotine in the third frame while Rothwell went toe to toe in an all out slugfest with Alistair Overeem and came out victorious after he dropped the Dutchman in the first round forcing the ref to step in and stop the fight.
Full results after the jump.