The latest event for the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) took place last night (Sat., Aug. 1, 2015) at Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, airing live on NBC Sports Network with two world title matches featured.
Welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares fought off numerous accusations of being dirty en route to his latest title defense against top contender Jake Shields. His performance last night, however, will do little to silence his critics.
Most vocal among them is his latest victim, Jake Shields, who claimed that Palhares gouged him in the eyes no less than eight times, and was caught for it at least twice by referee Steve Mazzagatti, who warned him he'd give a one point deduction if it happened again.
Palhares did it again seconds after the restart and Mazzagatti did nothing, which prompted an angry Shields to unleash a profanity-laced tirade at Mazzagatti after round two. It was the least of his problems, though, as Palhares rolled through a takedown to lock up a kimura and force Shields to tap at 2:02 of the third round.
One problem ... Palhares held onto it a bit longer than he should have:
Shields won't exactly get off innocent, either, for taking a post-fight poke at Palhares, as seen in the visual courtesy Zombie Prophet.
In the night's co-main event, Bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes set out to prove he was among the world's best at 135 pounds, on the same night that Ronda Rousey was crushing Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds.
Marlon was unable to dispatch his similarly named and undefeated foe Sheymon Moraes that quickly, but his victory was certainly one sided. Sheymon showed little to no defense for the hands as Marlon continually tagged him with left hooks and overhand rights. He let Sheymon press the action just so he could bang on him.
By the third round Sheymon's seemingly resilient chin had crumbled during an exchange three minutes in, and Marlon quickly jumped on looking for a rear-naked choke. The opening for the finish came at 3:46.
Zombie Prophet illustrates:
In other action from the main card on NBC Sports Network, late replacement Clifford Starks scored a unanimous decision over Mike Kyle (29-28 X2, 30-27), newcomer Abubakar Nurmagomedov outworked Jorge Moreno (30-26 X2, 30-27) and Islam Mamedov earned a technical knockout finish of Jimmy Spicuzza at 4:47 of the first round.
The televised bouts were paired with exciting "Prelims" undercard action that aired exclusively on WSOF.com.