When World Series of Fighting (WSOF) Bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes speaks about the future of his division he must hear an echo because it's awfully empty in there.
Moraes, 16-4-1, has run through everybody the company has put in front of him dating back to the very first WSOF event in 2012.
It was no different tonight (Saturday, Nov. 20, 2016) inside Next Level Sports Complex in City Garden Grove, Calif., for WSOF 28.
Moraes wasted little time dispatching challenger Joe Barajas, landing a vicious kick to the inside of his right leg that seemed to blow out the fighter's knee. The finish came at an official time of 1:13.
Barajas joins eight other fighters easily handled by Moraes in WSOF, including Miguel Torres, Tyson Nam, Brandon Hempleman, Carson Beebe, Josh Rettinghouse, Cody Bollinger, Josh Hill and Sheymon Moraes.
The situation is so bad that apparently Moraes literally begged WSOF executives to sign free agent Aljamain Sterling from the UFC so that he'd have somebody worth fighting for the title.
"Not just told, but I begged because I knew this guy is a big name," Moraes said Monday on The MMA Hour. "He's a great fighter. He works very well for the promotion, and I think it was a smart move by the UFC, keeping him, because he can make a lot of noise in this division.
"He's one of the guys I look up at," Moraes added, "and it would be a pleasure having a guy like that on the roster, so I could be fighting a guy like this and prove where I belong."
Sadly for Moraes, UFC re-signed the number-five ranked bantamweight to a "lucrative" multi-fight contract which means the WSOF champion may need to go the Jessica Aguilar route if he wants to find his way into a fight with real competition.
For full results from WSOF 28 including play-by-play and recaps click here.
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