WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 13
MAIN EVENT SHOWDOWN BETWEEN
MARLON MORAES AND CODY BOLLINGER
OFFICIAL AT NEW 147 POUND CATCHWEIGHT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Sept. 12, 2014) – Reigning bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. will square off with fellow superstar Cody “The Cali Cowboy” Bollinger (16-2, 1 NC) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. at a new catchweight of 147 pounds in the non-title, main event bout at the World Series of Fighting event at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa. tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 13, live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and NBCSports.com.
Originally slated to meet at a catchweight of 140 pounds, Bollinger weighed in unofficially at 147 pounds earlier in the day, prompting officials to increase the weight limit of the fight. Bollinger also weighed in officially at 147 pounds while Moraes, after taking the opportunity to rehydrate shortly before weigh-ins, tipped the scales at 146.7 pounds. Bollinger accepted the fight last week after Moraes’ original opponent, Josh Hill, withdrew from the affair.
All six other main card competitors, including lightweight (155 pounds) co-main event opponents Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-2) of Clifton, N.J. and Keon “The Black Assassin” Caldwell (10-2) of Moultrie, Ga. made weight. Dugulubgov tipped the scales at 155.4 pounds and Caldwell clocked in at 155.5 pounds.
Russian import Timur Valiev (7-1), fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M., weighed 135.5 pounds while his bantamweight opponent Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman (6-1) of Akron, O.H. registered a weight of 134.8 pounds.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belts Frankie Perez (8-1) of Howell, N.J. and Tom Marcellino (7-2) of Amsterdam, N.Y. weighed in at 155.3 pounds and 154.9 pounds, respectively, for their lightweight matchup that will serve as the opening bout on the live NBCSN telecast.
Emmanuel Walo (6-1-1) of Jersey City, N.J.; Sidney Outlaw (3-0) of Telford, Pa.; and Katlyn Chookagian (1-0) of Kennilworth, N.J., all slated for action on the six-bout preliminary card, missed weight, but will compete without cutting any additional pounds. Each forfeited 15 percent of his or her purse.
Tickets for the event, which include cageside seats for just $129, are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
The four-bout main card will air live, beginning at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as well as online and , free of charge, on NBCSports.com. The preliminary card will stream live on an embeddable video player on , beginning at 6 p.m.
Doors at Sands Bethlehem Event Center will open at 5 p.m. ET.
COMPLETE WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 13: “MORAES VS. BOLLINGER”
Main Event: Catchweight (140 pounds) Bout
Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) (146.7 lbs.) vs. Cody Bollinger (16-2, 1 NC) (147 lbs.)
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Co-Main Event: Lightweight (155 pounds) Bout
Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-2) (155.4 lbs.) vs. Keon Caldwell (10-2) (155.5 lbs.)
Clifton, N.J. Moultrie, Ga.
Bantamweight (135 pounds) Bout
Timur Valiev (7-1) (135.5 lbs.) vs. Isaiah Chapman (6-1) (134.8 lbs.)
Albuquerque, N.M. Akron, O.H.
Lightweight (155 pounds) Bout
Frankie Perez (8-1) (155.3 lbs.) vs. Tom Marcellino (7-2) (154.9 lbs.)
Howell, N.J. Amsterdam, N.Y.
Welterweight (170 pounds) Bout
Emmanuel Walo (6-1-1) (171.8 lbs.*) vs. Tenyeh Dixon (11-10) (169.9 lbs.)
Jersey City, N.J. Baltimore, Md.
Lightweight (155 pounds) Bout
Sidney Outlaw (3-0) (163.9 lbs.*) vs. Nick Browne (1-0) (155.5 lbs.)
Telford, Pa. Uniontown, Pa.
Catchweight (120 pounds) Bout
Katlyn Chookagian (1-0) (122.4 lbs.*) vs. Brigitte Narcise (0-1) (120.5 lbs.)
Kennilworth, N.J. Boonton, N.J.
Welterweight (170 pounds) Bout
Brett Shoenfelt (8-5) (170.4 lbs.) vs. Matt Secor (4-2) (170.7 lbs.)
Hollidaysburg, Pa. South Glens Falls, N.Y.
Flyweight (125 pounds) Bout
Matt Lozano (4-2) (125.7 lbs.) vs. Sidemar Honorio (8-5) (125.8 lbs.)
Lancaster, Pa. Philadelphia, Pa.
Catchweight (160 pounds) Bout
Luciano Cristovam (0-1) (160.9 lbs.) vs. Francisco Isata (2-1) (159.7 lbs.)
New York, N.Y. Silver Spring, Md.
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