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Marlon Moraes successfully defends title, Lance Palmer regains belt at WSOF 32


Marlon Moraes ended his World Series of Fighting contract in devastating fashion at the XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash.

The WSOF bantamweight champion, who defended his title for the first time in 2015 against Josh Hill, met the Canadian talent one more time inside the cage Saturday night, and improved to 10-0 under the promotion’s banner with a devastating knockout 38 seconds into the second round.

"I beat him two times and I think I proved to everyone how good I am," said the free agent fighter after the win, issuing a challenge to UFC 135-pound kingpin Dominick Cruz right. "I'm very happy... I think I showed I'm the best 135-pounder in the world. No doubt. I will fight anybody. I know the UFC has a new owner so let's do new things. Me against Dominick Cruz at 135. I will fight him, and I'll beat him."

Another rematch took place in the co-main event, but the belt changed hands this time. Alexandre Almeida, who upset Lance Palmer to win the featherweight gold last December, saw the Team Alpha Male win the decision this time.

Palmer controlled pretty much every round except the third, when the Brazilian knocked the challenger down. Almeida celebrated for a second, imagining that the fight would be stopped, and lost a chance to finish the contest. Palmer came back, and regained the title via majority decision.

A clash between adopted brothers Ben "Phoenix Jones" Fodor and Caros Fodor was one of the main attractions at the card in Washington, but Phoenix Jones had no answer to Caros’ wrestling.

Ben came out aggressive in the second and third rounds after being dominated in the first five minutes, but Caros’ takedowns were too much. Caros, a UFC and Strikeforce veteran, returned to the win column with a unanimous decision win.

In the opening bout of WSOF 32 main card, Louis Taylor stunned previously unbeaten prospect Phil Hawes. Taylor, who entered the contest coming off four straight first-round guillotine finishes, used the same technique to tap Hawes in the second round.

The preliminary portion of the card also featured some finishes. Check the stoppages below:

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov

Andrews Nakahara vs. Travis Doerge

Matt Kovacs vs. Bill Wilder

Brett Malone vs. Patrick Benson

Matt Coble vs. Colt Hausauer

Tycen Lynn vs. Justin Hugo

Joey Elzea vs. Marcos Lopez

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