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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Sept. 13, 2014) – Reigning bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (14-4-1) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. continued his tear, notching his eighth consecutive victory with a second round submission (rear-naked choke) of fellow superstar Cody Bollinger (16-3-1) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. in the 147-pound catchweight main event and non-title affair at the World Series of Fighting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday, Sept. 13, live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).
The 26-year-old Moraes nearly finished Bollinger in the first round with a storm of punches after sending Bollinger to the canvas. Bollinger made it back to his feet, only to be tagged with a Moraes head kick as the round came to a close. In the outset of the second frame, Moraes began unloading kicks and, then dropped Bollinger with a shot to the temple. Moraes followed his opponent to the canvas and slapped on a rear-naked choke, forcing Bollinger to tap out at the 1:35 mark of the round.
In the lightweight (155 pounds) co-main event, Ozzy Dugulubgov (6-2) of Clifton, N.J. scored a stunning third round KO (punch) on Keon “The Black Assassin” Caldwell (10-3) of Moultrie, Ga. Following a competitive first round of battle, Dugulubgov began to open up, securing two takedowns and executing a throw on Caldwell. In the third stanza, Dugulubgov unleashed a spinning back kick to Caldwell’s body, then suddenly exploded with a punch that immediately knocked Caldwell out and brought about a stoppage at the 1:38 mark of the round.
In another bantamweight tilt, Timur “Lucky” Valiev (8-1) of Albuquerque, N.M. notched his eighth consecutive win, a dominant performance that led to a unanimous decision over Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman (6-2) of Akron, O.H.
In a lightweight attraction that served as the opening fight on the four-bout NBCSN card, a game Frankie Perez (9-1) of Howell, N.J. made his debut for World Series of Fighting in spectacular fashion, winning all three rounds on all three judges’ scorecards against fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Tom Marcellino (7-3) of Amsterdam, N.Y. to walk away with a unanimous decision victory.
Complete World Series of Fighting 13: “Moraes vs. Bollinger” Results:
Main Card: Marlon Moraes def. Cody Bollinger via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:35
Ozzy Dugulubgov def. Keon Caldwell via KO (punch) – Round 3, 1:38
Timur Valiev def. Isaiah Chapman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Frankie Perez def. Tom Marcellino via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card: Sidemar Honorio def. Matthew Lozano via TKO (arm injury) – Round 3, :28
Matt Secor def. Brett Shoenfelt via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:38
Katlyn Chookagian def. Brigitte Narcise via KO (knee) – Round 3, :38
Nick Browne def. Sidney Outlaw via KO (punches) – Round 1, :25
Tenyeh DIxon def. Emmanuel Walo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Luciano Cristovam def. Francisco Isata via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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.
video courtesy of UFC on FOX
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.
Was it really that long ago when it seemed like women’s MMA was more of an afterthought to the sport of mixed martial arts? Even UFC president Dana White was famously quoted as swearing that women would never fight in the UFC as long as he was in charge. Thankfully the times have changed and WMMA is getting the recognition it so rightfully deserves.
Invicta Fighting Championships is holding it’s 8th event Saturday September 6th at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO and makes history as the first all female promotion to partner up with the UFC and be shown on Zuffa’s own Fight Pass network.
Headlined by “Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson defending her Invicta atom weight strap vs tough Japanese fighter Yasuko Tamada. The rest of the card has some very interesting match ups including TUF alum Roxanne Modafferi taking on long time WMMA vet Tara LaRosa and Florida’s own Delaney Owen making her Invicta debut against JJ Aldrich.
To catch the action be sure to sign to Fight Pass here.
Main card starts at 8PM EST.
Check out the video of Invicta FC 8 weigh in and full weigh in results after the jump.
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World Class Fight League returns to Tampa, FL for it’s tenth installment. WCFL X is going down Saturday, Sept 6th with some of the best amateur MMA bouts in Florida.
Fighters checked in for the weigh ins as they prepare for the showdown in the Sunshine State.
Great night of fights in store. If you are in Central Florida be sure to check them out. The fights will be held at the Doubletree Hotel 4500 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607. Tickets available at the door or online at World Class Fight League.
The official fight card is as follows:
Lightweight Interim Title 155lbs
Nick Recchia (5-3) D’Angelo MMA vs. Vik Dikit (2-1) Omega MMA
Flyweight Interim Title 125lbs
Joshua Wright (3-2) vs Casey Rivera (4-3) Gracie Tampa West
Ryan Donnelly (3-0) Grady MMA vs Jeremy Christensen (4-3) New Port Richey MMA
Roderick Stevenson (0-1) Tiger Schulman vs Aaron Foster (0-0) Omega MMA
Mikele Ferguson (1-1) Tigers World Tampa vs Kacey Wagner (1-2) Omega MMA
Womens Lightweight 155lbs
Angel Keihl (0-1) Team Trauma vs Sarah Kleczka (0-0) Team WCMA
Eddie Kortright (0-0) Gracie Tampa South vs Christian Brinsko (0-0) Omega MMA
Mike Miller (1-0) Gracie Tampa South vs Chris Simpkins (0-0) Frontline Fitness
Enjoy the fights!
Photos by Lucas Noonan / WSOF
LAS VEGAS - (Aug. 9) - Peru's top mixed-martial-artist may soon find himself fighting for a World Series of Fighting title, as Luis Palomino (23-9) scored a devastating first-round knockout win of a previously undefeated Lewis Gonzalez (9-1). Palomino was looking to trade bombs from the start, and he defended his opponent's takedowns while using foot sweeps to keep him off-balance and delivering crisp punches in combinations. Gonzalez did briefly work the fight to the floor, but Palomino worked immediately back to his feet and resumed the assault.
The attacks opened a cut on Gonzalez's head, and as blood streamed down his face, Palomino again swept his legs before throwing a high kick that saw the knee land flush. Gonzalez crumpled to the canvas, and Palomino landed two more punches before referee Herb Dean could call of the fight with 18 seconds left in the first round.
"I'm a natural-born striker," Palomino said. "I love knocking people out. I feel like that's something I had over him. And the experience factor."
Palomino added: "The kid has a bright future. His strength is his wrestling and he really believes in the wrestling; that's how he's won most of his fights. So whether he's feeling good or if he's feeling under pressure, he's always looking for the takedown. So I just had to wait, time it right and clip him."
Complete article recap after the jump
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Well someone must have ordered a super size share of middle fingers and wolf tickets…because Nick Diaz is back! It appears that Stockton’s favorite resident has been courted by Dana White to make a return to the Octagon to take a fight against none other than Anderson Silva to headline UFC 183 on Super Bowl weekend January 31st. Anderson Silva is also making his return after losing his title and the subsequent rematch due to a gruesome leg break while fighting Chris Weidman.
While not for a title, it definitely will be one of the highly anticipated fights in recent memory and guaranteed to make the UFC and both fighters ALOT of money!
So who makes the triumphant comeback…Diaz or Silva?
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It’s hard not to like Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Down to fight anyone, anyplace, anytime, and usually getting his hand raised at the end of it all seems to be the way his career is defined. With fans and even Dana White complaining about fighters playing it too safe, and not “going for it,” Cerrone seems to the guy that always goes for the finish and takes risks. It paid off again for him at UFC Fight Night 45: Cerrone vs Miller held at Revel Casino in Atlantic City. Facing a very tough and always dangerous Jim Miller in the main event of a very stacked card which had delivered some amazing fights up to that point. Starting off slow he took some big shots from Miller but soon managed to reverse the momentum and hurt him with a hard kick to the body. The bout was momentarily stopped by the ref thinking it was a low blow. Realizing it was not, the bout was allowed to continue but Miller never recovered from that kick, back pedaling and trying to regain his wind. He was never given that chance as Cerrone closed in and finished with a brutal shin kick to the side of Miller’s head.
It was a performance of the Night worthy display of everything fans have grown to love about Cowboy.
How many more wins will he need to get back into the title picture and who will be his next opponent? If there is one thing we have learned from him is that no matter who it is, Cowboy will be ready to fight him anytime and anywhere, and that deserves a tip of our hat.
Donald Cerrone def. Jim Miller KO (head kick and punches) Round 2 - 3:31
Edson Barboza def. Evan Dunham TKO (liver kick and punches) Round 1 - 3:06
Rick Story def. Leonardo Mafra Submission (arm-triangle choke) Round 2 - 2:12
Joe Proctor def. Justin Salas TKO (punches) Round 2 - 3:27
John Lineker def. Alptekin Özkiliç TKO (punches) Round 3 - 4:51
Lucas Martins def. Alex White KO (punches)Round 3 - 2:08
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)
Gleison Tibau def. Pat Healy
Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Leslie Smith def. Jessamyn Duke TKO (punches) Round 1 - 2:24
Aljamain Sterling def. Hugo Viana via TKO (punches) Round 3 - 3:50
Yosdenis Cedeno def. Jerrod Sanders
TKO (knee injury) Round 1 -5:00
Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Cláudia Gadelha def. Tina Lähdemäki
Unanimous Decision(30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Bonuses awarded (all bonus winners received $50,000):
Fight of the Night: John Lineker vs. Alptekin Özkiliç
Performance of the Night: Donald Cerrone and Lucas Martins