World Series of Fighting is touching down in our neighbors to the north to bring fight fans every WSOF 18 live from Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

In the night’s main event, WSOF bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes will put his 135-pound title on the line for the first time against undefeated rival Josh Hill.

The 26-year-old Moraes (13-4-1) entered the cage with eight consecutive victories under his belt, including a split decision over former WEC champion Miguel Torres, and devastating KO finishes of Tyson Nam and Carson Beebe. In his last effort prior, Moraes turned in another dominant performance when he scored a second-round submission win over of Cody Bollinger at WSOF 13 on September 13, 2014. Moraes’ win streak dated back to December 2, 2011, when he earned a unanimous decision over Chris Manuel.

Hill (10-0) , who returned to the cage after a 22-month hiatus, made a thunderous return to action on in his promotional debut at WSOF Canada 2 where scored a violent first-round knockout victory over Mike Adams. This win marked just the fourth stoppage win over his young career. Prior to this win, the ‘Gentleman’ earned five straight decision under various smaller promotions.

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

FULL RESULTS
Main Card

Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Hill – For WSOF Bantamweight title

Round 1 – Moraes came out and immediately took the center of the cage and landed some heavy punches on Hill. Hill charged forward but couldn’t land anything significant. Moraes continued to land hard punches and kicks. Hill comes at Morales with a huge uppercut that stunned Moraes and broke his nose. Hill gained confidence and tried some crazy strikes, none of which landed. Moraes ended the round with a head kick that landed. 10-9 Moraes

Round 2 - The pace slowed a bit with each fighter being a bit more measured with their strikes. Morales landed a kick below the belt that stopped the action. Hill seemed to be the more energetic fighter once the fight resumed. He used his superior timing to land the better strikes, but Moraes still had his moments, but they were fewer than Hill’s. 19-19 even through two.

Round 3 – Round started off even slower than the second round did. Hill started to become more aggressive and charging at Moraes without much opposition. Moraes threw a combination out of nowhere and then followed up with a spinning back kick that didn’t seem to phase Hill at all. Moraes continued to press the action and Hill wasn’t very active the rest of the round. 29-28 Moraes

Round 4 – Hill took the lead in the fourth round and started taking the action to Moraes. The output from both fighters slowed greatly midway through with neither fighter putting together more than two punches. Moraes went for the first takedown of the fight before the round came to an end. 39-37 Moraes.

Round 5 – The action started with a wild spinning wheel kick from Hill that landed to the side of Moraes’ head. Moraes smiled as if to say it didn’t hurt him very much. That seemed to be a wake-up call for Moraes and started to come forward again. Hill tried to engage the action, but Moraes avoided much of everything that came at him. Moraes finally secured a takedown with 90 seconds to go in the fight. Moraes couldn’t do much but hang on and keep Hill on the ground. He did everything he could, but Hill got back up with 20 seconds left in the fight. 49-46 Moraes

Marlon Moraes def. Josh Hill via unanimous decision (49-46 x 3)
Shane Campbell vs. Derek Boyle

Round 1 - Campbell defended an early takedown attempt by Boyle early, only to throw a knee that allowed Boyle to complete the takedown. Campbell returned with a takedown of his own and went for a guillotine choke that Boyle was able to escape. The pace slowed down to a turtle’s pace after an action packed first three minutes. Campbell got another pseudo-takedown and landed some good knees to Boyle as the round ended. 10-9 Campbell

Round 2 – Boyle closed the distance early and clinch up with Campbell against the cage. Campbell got off the cage and started to pepper Boyle’s lead leg with hard leg kicks. Boyle charged forward with some hard punches, but Campbell answered with even more leg kicks. Boyle once again pressed Campbell against the cage and didn’t put do much of anything. Boyle tried to throw a punch that missed and Campbell took Boyle to the ground and landed some punches as the round ended. 20-18 Campbell

Round 3 – Campbell came out hard and landed a hard body kick that hurt Boyle badly. Campbell followed up with a flurry of punches and the referee stopped the fight.

Shane Campbell def. Derek Boyle via TKO (strikes) Round 3, :31

Andrew McInnes vs. Cody McKenzie

Round 1 – McInnes wasted no time coming after McKenzie and worked him over against the cage. McInnes dragged McKenzie to the ground where Cody went for his famous guillotine. McInnes got out of it with ease and pounded away on McKenzie for nearly the rest of the round. McKenzie got the top right before the end of the round and McInnes caught a headbutt that looked intentional. McKenzie told the referee “he can’t pull my hair.” You probably shouldn’t say that to a referee.

Andrew McInnes def. Cody McKenzie via DQ (intentional headbutt) Round 1, 4:57

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Tristan Johnson

Round 1 – They both came out striking to start out the beginning of the first round. Dawodu landed some devastating leg kicks, but Johnson answered with a couple of good punches that cut Dawodu. They both landed some heavy leather with two minutes left in the round, but it appeared Dawodu got the better of the combinations. Dawodu ended the round with good leg kicks and knees from the clinch. 10-9 Dawodu

Round 2 – The round started off with Johnson taking the center of the cage, but Dawodu got the better of all the exchanges. The round went pretty back-and-forth as if they were playing Rock ‘em Sock ‘em robots. But you have to give the slight edge to Dawodu because he did lands the snappier punches. 20-18 Dawodu through two.

Round 3 – Dawodu dropped Johnson early in the round, but Johnson maintained his composure and held his own on the ground. Johnson looked like he was out on his feed after he got up from the early onslaught. An overhand right drops Johnson and the referee calls off the fight.

Hakeem Dawodu def. Tristan Johnson via TKO (punch) Round 3, 1:59

Preliminary Card

Matt Baker vs. Ali Mokdad ruled a No Contest (accidental head butt)

Marcus Hicks def. Graham Park via submission (rear naked choke) rd. 1, 2:28

Mark Drummond vs. Spencer Jebb streams after main card

Dan Lariviere vs. Garret Nybakken streams after main card

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