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Marlon Moraes won't let threat of Cody Bollinger scale fail prevent 'great fight' at WSOF 13

Published on 11/09/2014

After a change of opponent, Marlon Moraes will be facing Cody Bollinger at WSOF 13 on Saturday night (Sept. 13, 2014) at Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, but his title won't be on the line. The fight will be contested at a 140-pound catchweight. Moraes spoke to MMAmania.com about the match up, as well as re-signing with WSOF.

Marlon Moraes has been on an absolute tear in the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) bantamweight division since his breakout performance against Miguel Torres on the promotion's inaugural card back in November of 2012. Since that victory, the Brazilian has won five straight and defeated Josh Rettinghouse for the bantamweight championship at WSOF 9.

He is now considered one of the best in the world at his weight class and recently re-signed with WSOF to a multi-fight, multi-year contract in June of this year. (reported here first)

Moraes was set to defend his belt for the first time against Josh Hill at the Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, but an injury forced Hill to withdraw from this Saturday night's (Sept. 13, 2014) contest and Cody Bollinger stepped up for a chance to face Moraes. However, due to the history of Bollinger's weight struggles and the fact that the fight was only a little over a week away at the time, the bout was set for a catchweight of 140-pounds, making it a non-title fight.

"I wanted that fight, but I'm ready for anybody in the world," Moraes told MMAmania.com." Cody Bollinger stepped up and Saturday you are going to see a great fight. Hill got hurt and the promotion had to do something. They got Bollinger. He wants the fight and it's going to be a good fight. He can't make 135 so we are going to fight at 140, but I will fight him at any weight. Even if he doesn't make weight for Saturday, I will fight him. Any way he shows up this fight is going to happen."

 

Bollinger, a former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 18, won his first two fights in WSOF and has been outspoken about getting a shot against Moraes. That is fine with the champ. He knows others want the 135-pound strap that he possesses.

"He knows I'm the champ and he has to do something," Moraes said, fully aware of how the game is played outside the cage. "I'm training. I'm getting better. I'm ready. I can't wait for Saturday. When I step in the cage everybody will see what I am talking about."

Moraes, 26, is now 13-4-1 and has won seven straight overall. The champion explained why he re-signed with the WSOF saying, "they are working hard to build their name and I want to build mine also."

 

A brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ricardo Almeida and sometimes a training partner of UFC featherweight Frankie Edgar, conversations often occur about how Moraes would fare against the best of the best in the UFC bantamweight division. He takes those as a compliment and as motivation, but he keeps his head on the task at hand.

"Man, I try to focus on my next fight always," he said. "Everybody is talking and saying they want to see me against the best guys in the world. They want to see how I do. That makes me happy and makes me keep working hard. WSOF is first and I'm working for myself and for the show. Whatever they need. I am a loyal guy. I think I have a lot of fights to do and a lot of challenges to face. I don't care against who, when, or where. I just want to fight."

The champion said he continues to be the first one at the gym and the last to leave. "I work my ass hard," he says, with the goal of absorbing all aspects of the fight game.

As far as a prediction for Saturday, Moraes is confident he will remain red hot and earn his sixth straight victory for WSOF.

"For the fans and for everyone, you can expect the best Marlon you've ever seen in the cage. Marlon Moraes gets his hands raised after the fight, 100 percent."

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