WSOF 18: Moraes vs. Hill Breakdown Michael Davis February 9, 2015 News The World Series of Fighting heads to Edmonton, Alberta, Candada February 12 for their 18th event. In the competitive world of mma, it isn’t just the fighters that are ranked by the fans and media, but also the promotions. The World Series of Fighting is currently holding down the third ranked position, when compared to their competitors the UFC and Bellator. That may sound like a slight, but it’s quite the opposite. Still in their promotional infancy, WSOF has a television deal and produces top level athletes. Possibly the most notable fighter developed under the banner of WSOF is Marlon Moraes. When Moraes arrived at the promotion he had seven wins, four losses, and one draw in smaller regional promotions. Since his debut at WSOF 1, he has compiled six consecutive victories and captured the bantamweight title. Moraes’ run in the WSOF has been nothing short of massively impressive, and it’s a product of surrounding himself with the very best in the business. Since aligning himself with Frankie Edgar and Ricardo Almeida, he has begun to show his potential and continued to grow. The main event of WSOF 18 is a fight between Moraes and Josh Hill. This will mark Moraes’ second title defense, and it isn’t going to be a walk in the park. Hill is a relative unknown, but he is undefeated in his ten fight professional mixed martial arts career. Though his professional record is with smaller organizations, Hill has faced some tough competition as a former member of the The Ultimate Fighter 18. While on the show he defeated current UFC rising star, Patrick Holohan, but was ultimately knocked off after being defeated by Michael Wooten. Hill’s last fight was his WSOF promotional debut, and he scored a first round knock out over Mike Adams. That knock out earned him the number one contender spot, and he was slotted to fight Moraes for the title. Their fight was originally slated for WSOF 13, but Hill was forced to withdraw just ten days prior due to an injury. Now healed, he is finally getting his shot at the title. While Moraes has faced some big names, Hill really hasn’t if you exclude the non-sanctioned bouts that took place on TUF. Even then, it could be argued that Moraes has defeated higher level fighters than Holohan. In a recent interview with mmamania.com Hill explained, “…I did half of my training camp down at Team Alpha Male in Sacremento, and finished up here with all of my guys.” Team Alpha Male is home to some of the toughest guys in the sport below 155 pounds, and he certainly exposed himself to a level of fighter that he hasn’t seen before. Moraes seems destined to be one of the biggest names in the bantamweight division, not only in the WSOF organization, but in the sport as a whole. It’s hard to imagine him getting derailed, but Hill might be the man to do it. The problem with preparing for a fighter like Hill is that he is obviously talented, but no one knows what his future holds just yet. He hasn’t stepped up to the next level, and this is certainly his greatest test to date. At WSOF 18 many questions will be answered about both of these men. Will Hill shock the world and capture the belt, or will Moraes solidify himself as the man to beat, and extend his win streak to seven consecutive fights.