WSOF 13: Moraes vs. Bollinger recap

After five weeks off, the World Series of Fighting returned, with yet another fairly lackluster card.

This card featured a current WSOF champion, but unlike the last card, there were no other notable MMA names. The promotion's Bantamweight championship bout was nixed when Marlon Moraes' challenger Josh Hill had to pull out just ten days before the bout, and his replacement was Ultimate Fighter 18 contestant Cody Bollinger.

All in all, the only fighter on the card that even had a Wikipedia page was Moraes, thus showing how tepid this card was on paper. However, there were actually some decent fights over the course of the night.

Only the card's opening fight, final prelim fight, and first two main card bouts went the distance, while six of the bouts ended early via stoppage, including the night's lone female fight, and one via injury.

The first finish came in the evening's third fight, in which TUF 16 contestant Matt Secor (5-2) earned his fifth submission win over Brett Schoenfelt (7-6, 1NC). The following fight, a Women's Flyweight fight between two relatively inexperienced women, in which Katlyn Chhookagian (2-0) earned her first finish via brutal knees over Brigitte Narcise (0-2) 38 seconds into the third and final round.

Then, Nick "Nyquil" Browne (2-0) put Sidney Outlaw (3-1) to sleep just 25 seconds into their Catchweight bout, making it the third straight finish of the night. After that, there were three straight decisions, until the evening's co-main event.

In the co-main event of the evening, Ozzy Dugulubgov (6-2) moved up to 3-1 with WSOF, when he knocked out Keon Caldwell (9-3) 1:38 into the final round, with a single punch. The loss for Caldwell marked his second straight, in his first fight in 13 months. After a hot 7-0 start to his career, Caldwell has gone 2-3 since, and 0-2 with WSOF.

In the main event, and basically the only somewhat meaningful fight of the evening, WSOF Bantamweight Champion Marlon Moraes (14-4-1) garnered his eight straight win with a second round rear-naked submission win over Cody Bollinger, pushing his WSOF record up to an impressive 6-0. With the loss, Bollinger (16-3, 1NC) suffered his first promotional bout in three attempts.

Although the card was better in reality that on paper, it was still number three on the lost of notable combat sports events this weekend, after a somewhat decent Mayweather/Maidana II boxing card, and a "meh" UFC Brazil Fight Night card.

Not to worry if you're a WSOF fan though. Next month, the promotion will host two events, both of which feature much more notable names than tonight's card. First, on October 11, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and UFC veteran Jake Shields battles Ryan Ford, in a card which also features rising prospect Smealinho Rama facing Derrick Mehmen, in a card where two other notable MMA veterans, Chris Horodecki, Jared Hamman and Tim Hague will also partake in bouts.

Then, on October 24, WSOF Middleweight Champion David Branch (14-3) puts his title on the line against former UFC Middleweight tuitle challenger Yushin Okami. Seeing how notable the bout will be for the promotion, it's hard to see WSOF putting forth another card as tepid as this one.

Here are the full results for the card.

Main card (NBC Sports)

Marlon Moraes defeats Cody Bollinger via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:35 of round 2.

Ozzy Dugulubgov defeats Keon Caldwell via KO (punch) at 1:38 of round 3.

Timur Valiev defeats Isaiah Chapman via unanimous decision

Frankie Perez defeats Tommy Marcellino via unanimous decision

Preliminary card

Tenyeh Dixon defeats Emmanuel Walo via split decision

Nick Browne defeats Sidney Outlaw via TKO (punches)at 0:25 of round 1.

Katlyn Chookagian defeats Brigitte Narcise via TKO (knees) at 0:38 of round 3.

Matt Secor defeats Brett Shoenfelt via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:31 of round 2.

Sidemar Honorio defeats Matt Lozano via TKO (injury) at 0:28 of round 3

Luciano Cristovam defeats Francisco Isata via unanimous decision

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