Marlon Moraes is 5-0 inside the WSOF cage. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Marlon Moraes will defend his bantamweight title for the first time at World Series of Fighting 13 against Josh Hill.
Moraes confirmed the Sept. 13 matchup with Sherdog.com following a report from Yahoo Sports. WSOF 13 is set tentatively set to take place in Pennsylvania and will serve as the promotion’s second broadcast on NBC.
The 26-year-old Moraes has met every challenge thrown his way in the Ray Sefo-led promotion, besting the likes of Miguel Torres, Tyson Nam, Brandon Hempleman, Carson Beebe and most recently, Josh Rettinghouse at WSOF 9.
“I've been away from the cage for three months, but that didn’t stop me from training the whole time,” Moraes said. “I am so happy and in the best shape of my life. Everyone will see the strongest and most violent Marlon Moraes when I step inside the cage. It's hard to do, but even though I am outside of the UFC, I want to be known as one of the top five 135-pounders in the world.”
Moraes is currently No. 9 in Sherdog.com’s bantamweight rankings.
For Hill, the matchup will serve as the biggest of his career. “The Ultimate Fighter 18” alum has fought once under the WSOF Canada banner, finishing Mike Adams in the opening frame this past June. “The Gentleman” is unbeaten in 10 career bouts, with six of those triumphs going the distance.