Rey Sefo’s World Series of Fighting is an organization that continues to fly under the radar. But while they don’t have the depth to compete with organizations like Bellator and the UFC head-to-head on a consistent basis, they know when to take their shots. On Saturday, August 1, 2015, the World Series of Fighting will go head-to-head with UFC 190 with WSOF 22: Palhares vs. Shields. While the UFC’s main attraction will be a women’s bantamweight title fight featured on pay-per-view, fans can tune in to see two WSOF titles up for grabs live on NBCSN.

In the co-main event of the evening, WSOF bantamweight champion, Marlon Moraes, will be looking to defend his title for the second time against the undefeated youngster in Sheymon Moraes. This should be an excellent bout between two fast and well-rounded fighters.

Sheymon has a lot of talent and he has shown a lot of promise to date, but taking on a fighter like Marlon is a tall order. Marlon has consistently faced and defeated tougher competition and he has looked impressive doing it.

Striking

Sheymon has crisp boxing and he mixes in knees and elbows very well, but he is not a dominant striker; though he may be one day. Marlon has faster hands, better footwork and a more dynamic approach to the standup game. Marlon should get the better of most if not all of the stand-up exchanges.

Advantage: Marlon Moraes

Grappling/Submissions

Coming out of Team Nogueira Sheymon is a well versed grappler. Marlon on the other hand has proven time and time again that his grappling is not to be taken lightly. With four submission wins to his credit, Marlon has shown that when the opportunity arises he has the tools to finish the job.

Advantage: Marlon Moraes

X-Factors

Sheymon’s biggest X-Factor heading into this bout is the fact that his true ability is relatively unknown. With a young fighter who is rapidly evolving fight to fight, there is only so much that can be learned from his past performances. Sheymon has never faced a fighter on Marlon’s level and we have no idea whether or not he will rise to the occasion.

For Marlon, his biggest X Factor heading into Saturday is his diversity. Whether it is on the feet or on the ground Marlon has the upper hand on paper. Once he feels out the youngster, Marlon can make the decision to take the fight where he wants it to go.

Prediction – Marlon Moraes Via Third Round Submission

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.