Under the direction of legendary kickboxer Ray “Sugarfoot” Sefo, the World Series of Fighting has become one of the top promotions in North American. While WSOF isn’t a real competitor to the UFC or even Bellator, they have a great stable of talent; most notably WSOF bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes.

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, the WSOF will head to the great white north for WSOF 18: Moraes vs. Hill. Moraes is one of the top bantamweight fighters in the world and he will be looking to defend his WSOF title for the first time at Edmonton Expo Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

While Moraes is unquestionably the main reason to tune in and watch this event, he isn’t the only reason.

Prospect Watch: Shane Campbell

If you are a fan of kickboxing or Muay Thai then you already know the name Shane Campbell, but if not here’s what you need to know. Campbell is one of the most decorated Muay Thai fighters in North America with three world titles and six regional titles to his credit. But in the world of MMA, Campbell is still a relative unknown. WSOF 18 is Campbell’s opportunity to introduce himself to a much wider audience.

The Cody McKenzie Show

After starting his MMA career with an impressive 12-0 record, including 10 consecutive wins by guillotine choke, McKenzie’s career has been hard to watch. Much like looking at a car wreck on the side of the road, you really don’t want to watch what’s going to happen next with McKenzie, but you really can’t look away either. After a brief two month retirement from the sport, McKenzie is set to make his WSOF debut. Currently on a dreadful run of 3-6 in his last nine bouts, it’s hard to know what to expect from McKenzie, but it should be interesting to watch none the less.

Can Josh Hill keep his “0” intact?

Hill is one of the top Canadian prospects in MMA and with an impressive 10-0 record he is slated to face Moraes for the WSOF bantamweight title at WSOF 18. Hill is a tremendous athlete with a solid wrestling base, but he’s never faced a fighter with the tools of a Moraes. It’s unlikely that Hill has what it takes to remain undefeated against Moraes, but a good showing against a fighter of Moraes caliber will still do wonders for his career.

Just how good is Marlon Moraes?

The bantamweight division in MMA is loaded with talent and while the UFC has the bulk of that talent, Moraes may just be the best bantamweight in the world outside of the UFC. At just 26, Moraes has established himself as a legitimate top 10 bantamweight but it’s hard to gauge just how good Moraes is because of the competition he has faced. Granted Moraes has some solid wins on his record, but none that truly jump off the page at you. Currently riding an eight fight win streak, Moraes has shown he win fights on the ground, on the feet and through wars of attrition. A complete fighter with explosive athleticism Moraes is on the cusp of becoming a breakout star.

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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.