Marlon Moraes has another WSOF title defense on Feb. 12. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Marlon Moraes will defend his 135-pound crown against Josh Hill at WSOF 18 on Feb. 12.
World Series of Fighting officials confirmed the bout to Sherdog.com on Thursday. In addition, Chris Gruetzemacher will face Antonio Carvalho in the co-main event. The NBC Sports Network-televised event takes place at Northlands Expo Centre in Edmonton, Canada.
Moraes was originally slated to face the undefeated Hill at WSOF 13, but an injury forced the Canadian to withdraw. Cody Bollinger was plugged in on short notice, but Moraes quickly finished his opponent via rear-naked choke.
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 at WSOF Canada 2. The “Gentleman” is unbeaten in 10 career bouts, with six of those triumphs going the distance.
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, Josh Rettinghouse and most recently, Bollinger. The upcoming bout will serve as Moraes’ first title defense since winning the title, as his fight against Bollinger was a non-title clash.