Reigning bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes (14-4-1) continued his tear, notching his eighth consecutive victory with a second-round submission (rear-naked choke) of Cody Bollinger (16-3-1) in the 147-pound catchweight main event and non-title affair at World Series of Fighting 13 at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Penn., on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old Moraes nearly finished Bollinger in the first round with a storm of punches after sending Bollinger to the canvas. Bollinger made it back to his feet, only to be tagged with a Moraes head kick as the round came to a close.
In the outset of the second frame, Moraes began unloading kicks and, then dropped Bollinger with a shot to the temple. Moraes followed his opponent to the canvas and slapped on a rear-naked choke, forcing Bollinger to tap out at the 1:35 mark of the round.
In the lightweight co-main event, Ozzy Dugulubgov (6-2) scored a stunning third-round knockout (punch) on Keon “The Black Assassin” Caldwell (10-3).
Following a competitive first round of battle, Dugulubgov began to open up, securing two takedowns and executing a throw on Caldwell. In the third stanza, Dugulubgov unleashed a spinning back kick to Caldwell’s body, then suddenly exploded with a punch that immediately knocked Caldwell out and brought about a stoppage at the 1:38 mark of the round.
In another bantamweight tilt, Timur “Lucky” Valiev (8-1) notched his eighth consecutive win, a dominant performance that led to a unanimous decision over Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman (6-2).
In a lightweight attraction that served as the opening fight on the four-bout NBC Sports Network main card, a game Frankie Perez (9-1) made his debut for World Series of Fighting in spectacular fashion, winning all three rounds on all three judges’ scorecards against fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Tom Marcellino (7-3) to walk away with a unanimous decision victory.
World Series of Fighting 13 “Moraes vs. Bollinger” Results:
Marlon Moraes def. Cody Bollinger via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:35
Ozzy Dugulubgov def. Keon Caldwell via KO (punch) – Round 3, 1:38
Timur Valiev def. Isaiah Chapman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Frankie Perez def. Tom Marcellino via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sidemar Honorio def. Matthew Lozano via TKO (arm injury) – Round 3, :28
Matt Secor def. Brett Shoenfelt via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:38
Katlyn Chookagian def. Brigitte Narcise via KO (knee) – Round 3, :38
Nick Browne def. Sidney Outlaw via KO (punches) – Round 1, :25
Tenyeh DIxon def. Emmanuel Walo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Luciano Cristovam def. Francisco Isata via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
(Photo Credit: Lucas Noonan/World Series of Fighting)