On Saturday September 13, 2014 the World Series of Fighting heads to Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA for WSOF 13 featuring a non-title catch weight showdown between Cody Bollinger and WSOF bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes.

Originally Moraes was expected to defend his title against Josh Hill but Hill suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw from the event putting the WSOF in a tough position because the card already lacked name draw to being with. But young gun Bollinger happily stepped up and took the fight just 10 days prior to the event.

The bad thing is though Bollinger will not be fighting for the title. While the bout will remain a five round tilt Moraes’ title will not be on the line because the fighters will be competing at a catch weight of 140 pounds.

Even though there is no title on the line and no big name combatants fight fans should tune in for WSOF 13.

Keon Caldwell

Caldwell was granted the opportunity of a lifetime when he was selected to be a cast member for season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter. It appeared that Caldwell just couldn’t cut it as he decided to leave the competition during the second episode but that doesn’t mean Caldwell isn’t a fighter to keep your eye on. Caldwell is 10-2 over the course of his career and he has never gone the distance.

Frankie Perez

Perez is one of the best lightweight prospects in the world and he will be making his WSOF debut at WSOF 13 against Tim Marcellino. Perez is coming off his first career loss and he is hungry to get back in the win column. Six of Perez’s eight career wins has come by way of stoppage.

Isaiah Chapman vs. Timur Valiev

Chapman and Valiev are two exciting 24-year-olds with tons of upside. Chapman and Valiev are fighters that the WSOF can build around as they will only get better from here. If they can keep these guys long term they will help take the organization to another level.

Marlon Moraes vs. Cody Bollinger

Even though the title is not officially on the line this bout has the feel of a title fight and that feeling has only been strengthened by Moraes vowing to give Bollinger the belt if he beats him at WSOF 13. It’s a little strange that this bout isn’t a title fight but that has more to do with Bollinger’s history of bad weight cuts then him not deserving the title shot. If Bollinger had another 10-20 days the WSOF would have made this a title fight no questions asked.

Moraes has been on a roll having won seven straight bouts with three victories coming by way of knockout. Moraes wants to be the best he is looking to make a statement. Bollinger at 23 is about as bright a prospect as there is in MMA today. While a win wouldn’t earn him a title it would grant him major bragging rights in the division.

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