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WSOF 18: Moraes vs. Hill preview and predictions

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Tim B. takes a look at tonight (yes, tonight)'s WSOF 18 card from Edmonton.

World Series of Fighting returns to Canada tonight for an unusual Thursday card. Besides the day of the week it's falling on, it's also unusual because the main card is actually in the middle of the card - they will have prelims and "postlims". The main card features four fights, and will kick off at 9pm ET/6pm PT (despite what their website says, as our own Mookie Alexander helpfully pointed out). You can catch the main card on NBC Sports Network in the US, and via free stream on their website everywhere else. Usually.

Marlon Moraes (13-4-1, 6-0 WSOF) vs. Josh Hill (10-0, 1-0 WSOF)

Moraes, the promotion's bantamweight champion, is probably the best fighter WSOF has. He's been very impressive in the organization this far - six wins, three finishes. He's pretty good everywhere, especially with his striking. Hill isn't close to as well-rounded - he likes to grind. His striking is decent but nowhere near the level of Moraes, and he's going to have a very hard time taking Moraes down methinks. This should be pretty one-sided.

Prediction: Moraes by TKO, round 2

Derek Boyle (13-6, 0-0 WSOF) vs. Shane Campbell (10-2, 0-0 UFC)

This is a rematch of their Score Fighting Series bout in 2012. which Campbell won. Boyle has gone 6-1 since then, with his only loss coming to TUF Nations winner Chad Laprise. Campbell's only loss in his last 7 was to UFC vet Jesse Ronson, and he has picked up a finish in his last four wins. This is probably a closer fight than it appears, but Campbell looks to be the better guy. Plus he's from BC. Go BC.

Prediction: Campbell by decision

Andrew McInnes (5-1, 0-0 WSOF) vs. Cody McKenzie (15-6, 0-0 WSOF)

You likely know who McKenzie is - the guy that wore store-bought shorts with the tag still on them in the UFC. The guy who has retired 11 times already. And so on. McInnes is the guy that put seemingly everybody on blast in an interview on this very site yesterday. McInnes is coming off a submission victory over Ryan Healy in October, while McKenzie has gone 1-2 since leaving the octagon. If Cody is indeed just in this to get paid, I think McInnes steamrolls him.

Prediction: McInnes by TKO, round 1

Hakeem Dawodu (3-0, 3-0 WSOF) vs. Tristan Johnson (9-5, 0-0 WSOF)

Basically this is prospect vs. veteran. Dawodu is 23 and has finished all three of his fights by KO or TKO. Johnson has bounced around the Canadian circuit for eight years, dropping bouts to guys like Rick Glenn and Douglas Evans. His (two) biggest wins are probably over Will Romero. Yeah, I'm not sure how much more there is to say about this fight.

Prediction: Dawodu by TKO, round 2