It's a wrap, fight fans! WSOF 32 took place last night (Sat., July 30, 2016) inside Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wash., airing live on NBC Sports Network. The headlining fight of the night saw Marlon Moraes, undefeated in his entire campaign in WSOF, take on a man who took him to five rounds in a previous Bantamweight title defense in Josh Hill.
Could Hill overcome the odds and beat Moraes on his second try? The answer came 37 seconds into round two via a head kick, and the answer was an emphatic no.
Moraes met with Joey Varner for a post-fight interview after his 10th Decagon win.
"I'm very happy but before I say anything I wanna thank God. I'm surrounded by the best people in the world, my wife, my family, my little kid Rafael I miss him so much and all of the crew in the World Series of Fighting. I'm very thankful and I love all of you guys. I want to keep putting on great performances and I think I showed today I'm the best 135 pounder in the world. Me against Dominick Cruz, I'll fight him, I'll beat him!"
Bold words from a man who is dominant in his own organization to a man who currently rules his.
Palmer had very little luck with takedowns in this fight, but unlike his title loss he did not rely on them to his detriment. With a combination of left hooks, leg kicks and body shots he was able to outscore Almeida for most of the fight, though he did get knocked down once by a hard right from Almeida in Round 3. Almeida also risked a one point deduction thanks to two errant kicks to the cup in the early rounds.
In the end, Palmer was able to recapture the title via unanimous decision with scores of 49-46, 48-48 and 50-45.
Carlos Silva announced that WSOF will have a fight card at Madison Square Garden on December 31st.
Adopted brothers had a personal grudge to settle inside the Decagon as Caros Fodor and "Phoenix Jones" Ben Fodor got into a shoving match at the weigh ins, then got into the cage to spill each other's blood in a catchweight affair.
Even though Jones missed the 162-pound target by a significant margin, his weight advantage proved to be no hindrance to his brother's experience advantage, as Fodor took "Phoenix Jones" down repeatedly throughout all three rounds.
In the end, all "Phoenix Jones" could do is flail away helplessly on his back before the judges rendered a unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26).
Hawes and Taylor were not shy about letting the guns in both arms bang, although Hawes would eventually tire of from trading blows and try for takedowns. Only one was successful in a first round that could have gone either way on the cards.
The second round saw Taylor stun Hawes with a short shot then quickly jump on top of him to guillotine his head and squeeze so hard that Hawes barely tapped before going unconscious.
The official time of the victory was 2:15 of Round 2.
Complete WSOF 32 Results:
Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Hill -- Moraes def Hill via KO at 0:37 of R2
Alexandre Almeida vs. Lance Palmer -- Palmer def. Almeida via Majority Decision (49-46, 48-48, 50-45)
Caros Fodor vs. Phoenix Jones -- Fodor def. Jones via Unanimous Decision (30-26 X3)
Phil Hawes vs. Louis Taylor -- Taylor def. Hawes via submission (guillotine) at 2:15 of R2
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov -- Dawodu def. Magomedov via TKO at 2:03 of R2
Rex Harris vs. Nicolai Salchow -- Harris def. Salchow via Unanimous Decision (30-27 X3)
Andrews Nakahara vs. Travis Doerge -- Nakahara def. Doerge via TKO at 0:55 of R1.
Matt Kovacs vs. Bill Widler -- Kovacs def. Widler via TKO at 4:22 of R1
Patrick Benson vs. Brett Malone -- Malone def. Benson via submission (RNC) at 4:20 of R1
Matt Coble vs. Colt Hausauer -- Coble def. Hausauer via submission (RNC) at 1:52 of R2
Justin Hugo vs. Tycen Lynn -- Lynn def. Hugo via submission (triangle) at 2:17 of R1
Marcos Lopez vs. Joe Elzea -- Elzea def. Lopez via submission (armbar) at 4:34 of R2