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WSOF to resign bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes to multi-fight, multi-year deal

WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed to on Wednesday (June 18, 2014) that WSOF bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes will be re-signing with the promotion to a multi-fight, multi-year deal.


The World Series of Fighting (WSOF) bantamweight champion is getting a new contact.

WSOF vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed to that Marlon Moraes has agreed to terms on a new deal, and will be re-signing with the promotion. No details of the contract were disclosed, except that it will be a multi-fight, multi-year deal.

Moraes won the inaugural WSOF bantamweight title over Josh Rettinghouse at WSOF 9 this past March by unanimous decision to improve his overall record to 13-4-1. Since joining WSOF in 2012, the Brazilian has won five straight fights and seven total.

A brown belt in jiu-jitsu under Ricardo Almeida, Moraes was a relative unknown when he made his promotional debut at WSOF 1 against Miguel Torres. After winning a hard-fought split decision, the 26-year-old fighter followed that up with a highlight reel head kick knockout over Tyson Nam to officially mark his arrival as one of the best 135-pounders in MMA.

Moraes then defeated Brandon Hempleman at WSOF 4 by unanimous decision and in a quick turnaround, fought Carson Beebe less than three months later at WSOF 6, winning by knockout only 32 seconds into the first round.

WSOF lost some of its talented fighters recently as Anthony Johnson and Andrei Arlovski have both signed to UFC. In re-signing Moraes, it will be able to retain one of its champions and one of the best fighters on its roster.

There has been no announcement yet on who Moraes will be making his first title defense against; however, will keep you posted once those details become available.

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