Moraes could be in line for title shot with win against Nam at WSOF 2
The World Series of Fighting promotion will offer championship fights later this year, President Ray Sefo said in a conference call Tuesday.
That could be perfect timing for Marlon Moraes – provided he gets past Tyson Nam in their WSOF 2 bantamweight matchup Saturday at Ovation Hall at the Revel in Atlantic City, NJ.
Moraes (9-4) already owns a split-decision win against former WEC champion and UFC contender Miguel Torres at the inaugural WSOF card in November. Beating Nam (12-4) in the co-main event would put him in perfect position to ask for the promotion’s first bantamweight title fight, though Moraes said he’s trying not to think about that now.
“Of course, my dream is to be a champion in the World Series of Fighting,” said Moraes, the 24-year-old Brazilian now living in Jupiter, Florida. “But my focus now is only on my fight Saturday. I’m focused, I’m ready, I’m training to hit really hard, and I’m just thinking about that. After my fight, the organization will decide.”
Moraes, a two-time national muay Thai champion, is on a three-fight win streak.
Nam, fighting out of Portland, Oregon, is just as hot, having won four in a row, including three by first-round KO. In his last fight on August 25, he destroyed Bellator champion Eduardo Dantas in a non-title fight in just 1:36 of the first round.
Nam, 29, said he expects a fast-paced, high-energy fight.
“I don’t take any fighter lightly, especially with the way that Marlon put on a show back in November with Miguel,” Nam said. “It’s been a little while since the Eduardo fight, but that time in between, up until this Saturday, gave me more time to refine some of my techniques and hone some new skills.”
Sefo said WSOF would probably begin lining up championship fights for the organization’s third or fourth promotion. WSOF 3 is slated for June 14 in Las Vegas.
In Saturday’s other co-main event, Andre “Pit Bull” Arlovski (20-9) faces Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (14-4) in a heavyweight matchup.
Five of the fights on the 12-bout card will be televised on NBC Sports Network, starting at 9:30 p.m. EST. This card marks the first in a new three-year deal with NBC Sports Network, which is seen in about 80 million U.S. homes.