This weekend, the Hard Rock in Las Vegas Nevada hosts the World Series of Fighting’s 9th event. The event features two title fights as co-main events, including the Bantamweight match-up between Marlon Moraes and Josh Rettinghouse. Right now, Moraes is a hige (-500) favorite, with the return on Rettinghouse hovering around (-390). Both men are under 25 years old and have their futures ahead of them, with the line probably justly giving the nod to Moraes, who just seems further along in his development as a fighter.
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The WSOF is in their 9th event, and they are rushing to fill their titles with a very thin roster. Moraes however, is deserving of a shot, as he has been one of, if not the most consistent performer on the WSOF roster.
In the first WSOF event, Moraes dispatched UFC cast-off Miguel Torres. Though Torres has been a flop at the top levels, he is still a high skilled veteran fighter who was once considered top five in his weight class and a good measuring stick.
Next up for Moraes was the heralded Tyson Nam, who was coming off a defeat of Bellator’s champion and was considered a prospect. Less than 3 minutes after the fight started, Moraes used a head kick and punches to end the run of Tyson Nam very definitively. Add to that 2 more wins, including a 30 second KO blitzing of then 14-2 Carson Beebe and you have a hungry fighter who deserves a title shot.
That is not to say Rettinghouse is no good, nor that he is not hungry for the opportunity. Rettinghouse made a solid WSOF debut at the 6th event, when he defeated Bellator veteran Alexis Vila. Rettinghouse is from the Northwest, and the scene up there can be very ruggd. He has amateur fights on his record and may have more experience than shows on Sherdog. They call him ‘The Finisher’. He is a good physical match-up for Moraes, who is strong and stocky.
The underdog may be worth a look here, especially if you consider the perspective that Torres was badly faded and Tyson Nam ‘never was’, then the experience edge may lean towards Rettinghouse.