From the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the World Series of Fighting 9 takes place with two titles on the line.
The first, a vacant bantamweight title fight is on the line as Josh Rettinghouse (10-2) fights the heavy favorite in Marlon Moraes (12-4), who is undefeated in the WSOF with big wins over Miguel Torres and a Tyson Nam.
The main event is for the welterweight title. Champion Steve Carl (21-3) will try to defend his title for the first time, against UFC veteran, Rousimar Palhares (15-6).
This is a live post and will update as results become available.
Main Card (NBC Sports) 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Steve Carl vs. Rousimar Palhares
Round 1: A takedown immediately by a transparent Palhares game plan. Carl held on for dear life but Palhares found room, fell back, and got an inverted heel hook to take the title with ease.
Official Decision: Rousimar Palhares defeats Steve Carl via Submission (inverted heel hook) at 1:09 of Round 1.
Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse
Round 1: Moraes was non-stop from the beginning. He rocked Rettinghouse with every punch and didn’t let up. He sprawled with ease and ate a big shot coming in that did nothing to his chin or momentum. He dropped Rettinghouse for the second time and got back control. Rettinghouse was able to survive and get back to his feet. Moraes’ output slowed a bit but he wasn’t tired. Rettinghouse survived a very dicey first round.
Round 2: Moraes was slowed in the second round but hurt Rettinghouse with leg kicks and some pressure. Rettinghouse did his best to avoid the kicks but had little to give on offense.
Round 3: Leg kicks took their toll as Moraes dropped Rettinghouse with one and continued on it. He used Rettinghouse’s apprehension in striking as he waited for leg kicks, to land upstairs. Moraes dropped Rettinghouse late in the round and kneed him in the body as Rettinghouse was turtled up.
Round 4: It was more of the same in round 4 as Rettinghouse hobble around on his feet and scooted while on the ground toward Moraes, who didn’t plan to finish the fight.
Round 5: A mirror image of round 4, the last round was a one-sided continuation of the beating that started in round 1. Rettinghouse’s legs weren’t under him and each strike just damaged the next few days of recovery for Rettinghouse.
Official Decision: Marlon Moraes defeats Josh Rettinghouse via Unanimous Decision. (50-44, 50-44, 50-44) Moraes becomes the WSOF bantamweight champion.
Yushin Okami vs. Svetlozar Savov
Round 1: Okami looked as he did during many of his wins. He got the takedown early and just dominated Savov for the entirety of the round.
Round 2: Savov didn’t want to get close enough to get taken down. It didn’t help and Okami took him down and mounted him immediately. He worked in to an arm-triangle position and strangled Savov for the victory.
Official Decision: Yushin Okami defeats Svetlozar Sovav via Submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:46 of Round 2.
Josh Burkman vs. Tyler Stinson
Round 1: Huge punches missed from both men early on. Burkman had to take some time getting in on the much taller Stinson. When Burkman was able to land cleanly, he made the most of it. He faked a jab to draw a counter from Stinson, side stepped it, and landed a huge right hook on Stinson, who crumpled backwards. Stinson was basically unconscious but lifted his head slowly. Burkman sealed the fight with another right hand to put him out for good.
Official Decision: Josh Burkman defeats Tyler Stinson via Knockout at (2:15) of Round 1.
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Johnny Nunez
Round 1: Nunez dove in immediately and got a takedown. Landed some hard shots but Dugulubgov was able to return to his feet. Nunez came in hard again and they clinched against the cage. Dugulubgov took Nunez down and had him upright against the cage. Nunez lands a big shot when they finally stand up but they jump right back in to the clinch.
Round 2: Nunez locked in an anaconda almost instantly and worked hard to submit Dugulubgov, who used his Gracie Academy training to escape the hold and get a takedown on Nunez, who was drained after working for the submission. Dugulubgov got back control on Nunez, who was eventually able to get back to his own feet, while avoiding any significant threats.
Round 3: Nunez again came out strong right when the round’s opening bell sounded. He lifted Dugulubgov and slammed him down hard, immediately passing in to half-guard. Dugulubgov wanted to even up a close fight later in the round as well, He was able to get on top and then in to back control with under a minute left.
Official Decision: Johnny Nunez defeats Ozzy Dugulubgov via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (NBC Sports Live Extra) 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Mike Corey vs. Shane Kruchten
Round 1: Due to streaming errors, the first round was not accessible.
Round 2: The second round would be the final one as Corey was able to drag Krutchen to the mat and beat him up while there. He brutalized Krutchen and sunk in a rear-naked choke and submitted him with a brutal choke.
Official Decision: Mike Corey defeats Shane Krutchen via Submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:59 of Round 2.
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. John Gunderson
Round 1: It was all Gruetzemacher in the first round. He got Gunderson to the mat and peppered him with strikes while staying in complete control.
Round 2: The second round was more of the same for Gunderson who was brought down and battered by Gruetzemacher. Gunderson’s will was sapped more and more with each punch.
Round 3: Gunderson was all but spent in the final round, perhaps the product of a bad weight cut. He was thrown around and controlled for the duration and mounted little to no offense as Gruetzemacher did whatever he felt. Gunderson was almost submitted and was able to escape but didn’t have enough time or gas in the tank to do anything of significance.
Official Decision: Chris Gruetzemacher defeats John Gunderson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Sean Cantor vs. Bryson Hansen
Round 1: This was a quick affair as Hansen quickly dispatched of Cantor for a first round stoppage that he made look easy.
Brenson Hansen vs. Boostayre Nefarious
Round 1: A fast paced round 1 kicked off the streaming action of the WSOF 9 undercard. Strong punches landed from both men and established combinations dictated the action. Neither man could get the fight to the mat and displayed good wrestling offense, but better defense. A close and exciting opener.
Round 2: Nefarious’ paced slowed to a crawl and a still-active Hansen was able to secure a takedown. Hansen used his superb cardio to take control of the fight and pull away.
Round 3: Nefarious was out worked and exhausted in the final round and with his hands low, he was continuously cracked by Hansen who kept moving forward. Hansen was relentless and did quite enough to earn victory in the eye of the judges.
Official Decision: Brenson Hansen defeats Boostayre Nefarious (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Phil Dace vs. Danny Davis Jr.
Round 1: This bout was not streamed online.
Official Decision: Danny Davis Jr. defeats Phil Dace via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gil Guardado vs. Jimmy Spicuzza
Round 1: This bout was not streamed online.
Official Decision: Jimmy Spicuzza defeats Gil Guardado via Submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:14 of
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