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WSOF 32: Moraes vs. Hill 2 Preview

Iain MacMillan



The World Series of Fighting is set to host their 37th event this Saturday, July 30th, at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Washington. If you’re a fan of MMA this fight card is a must-see as four of the top fighters on the planet outside of the UFC will be featured in two title fights in the main and co-main events. The title-fight doubleheader airs live on NBCSN at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT. It will also be available on the FITE TV app outside of the of the U.S. for $1.99.

The main event will feature current WSOF Bantamweight Champion Marlon Moraes. A winner of 11-straight, which includes 6 finishes, Moraes has cemented himself as one of the very best fighters in the world and a dominant champion for the World Series of Fighting. His technical approach and ability to mix up strikes, specifically his vicious leg kicks, are the strengths of the Brazilian champion. The main event will feature a rematch between him and Canadian fighter Josh Hill, whose only loss to date (14-1) was to Moraes back in February of 2015 when he fell short, losing a Unanimous Decision. The victory would mark the first title defense for Moraes, who has successfully defended it twice more since.

The co-main event also features a rematch, as Team Alpha Male fighter Lance Palmer (10-2) attempts to reclaim his Featherweight belt from Alexandre Almeida (18-5) who defeated him in an upset victory in December of last year at WSOF 26. During the 5-round contest, Almeida was able to use his footwork and takedown defense to null the strengths of Palmer which are his over-hand right and wrestling. Palmer will look to come into this fight with a more mixed approach and a solid game plan if he wants to get his hands on Almeida, but if he does than watch out. Almeida, a winner of 5-straight, will hope to have similar success avoiding the strengths of Palmer and keeping it at his distance. His long arms and frame give him an advantage on the outside, away from both the power and the wrestling of the All-American Palmer.

The main card also features a story line that may just be even more intriguing than the title fights, as fan-favorite Ben “Pheonix Jones” Fodor will fight his adopted brother Caros “The Future” Fodor in a 162 lbs catchweight bout. Ben Fodor, who became known as “Pheonix Jones” while attempting to fight crime using his martial arts skills in Seattle, told Yahoo that the fight between the siblings had been brewing for a while and was “inevitable”. Caros boasts the more experienced history with his 15 career fights (1 in the UFC) to his brothers 8, while Ben seems to have the size advantage as he’s the bigger fighter. The main card is rounded out with top prospect Phil Hawes (4-0) as he takes on 37-year old Louis Taylor (12-3).

The preliminary card will be also be available to watch, streamed free live on, via the FITE TV app and on the Kiswe Mobile App beginning at 7:00 PM EST and 4:00 PM PST.


Main Card:
Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Hill (Bantamweight Title Fight)
Alexandre Almeida vs. Lance Palmer (Featherweight Title Fight)
Caros Fodor vs. Phoenix Jones
Phil Hawes vs. Louis Taylor

Preliminary Card:
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov
Rex Harris vs. Nicolai Salchow
Andrews Nakahara vs. Travis Doerge
Matt Kovacs vs. Bill Widler
Patrick Benson vs. Brett Malone
Matt Coble vs. Colt Hausauer
Justin Hugo vs. Tycen Lynn
Jon Marc Cortez vs. Joe Elzea

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UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event



Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.

GDANSK, POLAND – OCTOBER 21: (R-L) Darren Till of England punches Donald Cerrone in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Ergo Arena on October 21, 2017 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.

He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.

In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.

UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.

The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.

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Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation



Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.

Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.

Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.

From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.

The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
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Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198



Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.

Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).

Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.

In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.

The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.

Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.

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