Did you know? MMA World Series of Fighting will present WSOF 18 tonight, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
It’s probably safe to say that it has slipped under the collective radar of MMA fans — a victim of the current glut of MMA action available, as well as its unusual Thursday night bell time.
But I think it’s also safe to say it’s worth a look (televised tonight on NBC Sports Network) — if only for a nice looking main event, featuring the promotion’s top “homegrown” talent, Marlon Moraes.
Moraes, who holds the WSOF Bantamweight Championship (and is probably the best fighter in the division not signed by the UFC) will face Josh Hill, a 10-0 MMA prospect from Canada.
Unlike WSOF’s other big names like Jake Shields and Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares, Moraes has unquestionably made his name in WSOF competition, rather than the UFC. A winner of all six of his bouts for his promotion dating back to WSOF 1 in 2012, the Brazilian (now based out of Valor MMA in Florida) is ranked #8 in the bantamweight division by Sherdog.com.
In his last appearance, Moraes defeated Cody Bollinger in a catch-weight (and non-title) affair at WSOF 13 — dominating the standup stretches with his typically potent Muay Thai attack, and eventually securing a rear naked choke finish.
His opponent, Josh “Gentleman” Hill, won his WSOF debut back in June of last year, defeating fellow Canadian Mike Adams by first round knockout. But he’s best known for his wrestling acumen — grinding out decision wins in his previous six bouts.
On paper it may seem a Moraes showcase bout, but then, fights don’t happen on paper. Will Hill turn the corner tonight?
Here’s a quick video: WSOF’s “Best Knockouts of 2013” feature, which features two of Moraes’s signature KO’s: his high kick against UFC vet Tyson Nam at WSOF 2, and his 30 second destruction of Carson Beebe at WSOF 6.