Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
LAS VEGAS -- This is the WSOF live blog for Miguel Torres vs. Marlon Moraes, a bantamweight bout on tonight's World Series of Fighting event from the Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Torres, who is 40-5 in his MMA career, will be fighting for the first time since being cut after his UFC 145 loss to Michael McDonald, while Moraes is 8-4 in his MMA career.
Check out the live blog below.
Round 1: Kim Winslow is your referee. Torres checks a high kick. Torre with a kick, Moraes answers with a combo, they hit the ground and Torres attempts a knee bar. Back standing a minute into the round. Moraes pushes Torres back with a front kick. Moraes throws a combo, Torres counters. Still standing midway through the round. Moraes fans on a spinning back kick. Moraes with a low kick. Moraes with an overhand right . Moraes drops Torres with a punch, Torres rolls and is back to his feet. Torres is cut on his hairline about his right eye. Torres circles backwards. Moraes with a high kick. Torres with a body kick late. MMAFighting scores the round for Marlon Moraes, 10-9.
Round 2: Moraes with a low kick. Torres starts swinging and Moraes responds, but neither guy does any real damage. Torres with a straight left and Moraes with a two-punch combo. They trade in close again and Moraes gets the better of it. Torres goes for a takedown, but Moraes scrambles away. Midway through the round. Torres connects on a couple straight lefts. Crowd starts jeering the lack of action. Moraes with a left hand and a spinning back kick which lands to the midsection. Another exchange ends up with Torres knocked backwards, but not down. Closer round, but once again goes to Moraes. MMAFighting scores the round for Marlon Moraes, 10-9 (20-18 overall).
Round 3: Moraes with a low kick. Torres whiffs on a big right hand. Moraes with a low kick. Torres counters with two of his own. Torres goes for a takedown but misses badly. Torres throws a pair of straight lefts. Moraes fighting round three like someone convinced he's up two rounds on the scorecards. Low kick by Moraes. Moraes misses on an attempt at a big high kick. Still anyone's round with two minutes left. Torres connects on a combo. Torres starting to let his hands go a bit. One minute left. Moraes with a takedown. Torres doing a decent job fending him off on the ground and lands a few punches from the bottom. MMAFIghting scores the round for Marlon Moraes, 10-9 (30-27 overall).
Marlon Moraes def. Miguel Torres via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).
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