Just ten days before their thirteenth event the World Series of Fighting has made a change to their headlining fight. Cody Bollinger will face Marlon Moraes from the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Bollinger is stepping in for Josh Hill who was forced to withdraw due to an injury. The fight was originally scheduled to be Moraes’ first defense of his bantamweight championship, but now the bout will take place at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Even with the bout being a catchweight it will still be contested as a five round fight, instead of the traditional three for non-title bouts.

Both of these fighters are undefeated since debuting for WSOF. Moraes has been one of the most active fighters for the young promotion and has five victories in their first twelve events. Moraes started that streak with a split decision over Miguel Torres way back at WSOF 1 and most recently finally became the first WSOF bantamweight champion with a dominant decision win over Josh Rettinghouse. Bollinger has two victories in as many bouts with the promotion. Bollinger was given a shot with WSOF after his now infamous exit from The Ultimate Fighter for not being able to make weight. Bollinger’s struggles with weight continued when he missed weight back in July for his fight with Pablo Alfonso. WSOF brass was not happy with the incident, but Bollinger had a redeeming performance by submitting Alfonso in the first round.

After the bout Bollinger told me that he intended to move up to featherweight and would no longer put his body through the turmoil it took to cutdown to bantamweight. Before that sentiment it seemed Bollinger might be in line for a shot at Moraes’ title. Moraes had even mentioned Bollinger by name. Bollinger told me that while he wanted nothing more than a shot to quiet Moraes; the fight couldn’t happen unless the Brazilian moved up in weight. Well now with an injury both fighters and the fans will get the matchup they wanted to see. WSOF 13: Moraes vs. Bollinger takes place on Saturday, September 13 with the main card airing live on the NBC Sports Network.

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Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.