The four-bout main card for next month’s World Series of Fighting 13: Moraes vs. Hill event is now complete, and a thrilling bantamweight title fight between dynamic champion Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) and undefeated Canadian contender Josh “Gentleman” Hill (10-0) serves as the headlining bout of the Sept. 13 card, which takes place at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Penn.
Joining the championship fight on the four-bout, NBCSN-broadcast main card are lightweights Keon “The Black Assassin” Caldwell (9-2) vs. Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-2), bantamweights Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman (6-1) vs. Timur “Lucky” Valiev (7-1) and lightweights Tom Marecellino (7-2) vs. Frankie Perez (8-1).
“You can look at this card and see it will be an incredible night of fights,” World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. “There is some real homegrown talent on this card in addition to a few top talents that are joining our ranks, and I think these matchups are going to provide real fireworks.”
A Brazilian striking specialist and one the top 135-pounders in the world, Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) has quickly staked his claim as one of the biggest superstars of World Series of Fighting. He arrived on the scene nearly two years ago when he upset former WEC champion Miguel Torres. He then registered additional wins against Tyson Nam, Brandon Hempleman and Carson Beebe before claiming the inaugural World Series of Fighting bantamweight title fight against Josh Rettinghouse earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Canada’s Josh Hill (10-0) looks to keep his perfect career mark unblemished. He made his promotional debut in June, returning to action after nearly two years on the sidelines, and scored a first-round knockout of Mike Adams. The impressive performance proved enough to get him a shot at the belt.
Keon Caldwell (9-2), who in his promotional debut suffered a memorable submission loss to World Series of Fighting superstar Nick Newell, fights for the first time since that disappointing defeat when he meets Renzo Gracie protege Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-2), a 25-year-old talent who boasted a four-fight winning streak before a hard-fought split-decision loss to Jonathan Nunez at World Series of Fighting 9.
Isaiah Chapman (6-1) makes his World Series of Fighting debut after building an impressive record while fighting on Ohio’s regional scene. He now meets Timur Valiev (7-1), a 24-year-old Russian prospect who ran his winning streak to seven fights with a spectacular stoppage of Adam Acquaviva at World Series of Fighting 10.
And starting off the main card, Tom Marcellino (7-2) suffered a knockout loss to Brenson Hansen at World Series of Fighting 2 but has since picked up three straight wins. He now returns to the promotion to fight Frankie Perez (8-1), a longtime Ring of Combat fighter whose lone career loss in nine professional fights came via split decision.
A full preliminary card will be announced shortly.