By Danny Morales
World Series of Fighting crowned two new champions at WSOF 9 on Saturday, including the inaugural bantamweight title.
Marlon Moraes (13-4) left WSOF 9 as the promotions first-ever bantamweight champion after he defeated Josh Rettinghouse (10-3) via unanimous decision in Saturday’s co-main event.
Rettinghouse had a gutsy performance in the title fight, but Moraes’ was able to keep the bout off the ground and used his Muay Thai to come away with the win and the belt.
Rousimar Palhares (16-6) dethroned Steve Carl (21-4) of the WSOF welterweight title in the main event, when he got the now-former champion to tap-out after sinking in his signature heel hook a little over a minute into the first round.
Palhares was making his debut with the promotion after being cut by the UFC in October.
World Series of Fighting match maker, Ali Abdelaziz said after the fight that Jon Fitch will be getting the next welterweight title shot against Palhares at WSOF 11 in July.
Another former UFC fighter who made his WSOF debut on Saturday was Japanese middleweight Yushin Okami (30-8).
Okami defeated Svetlozar Savov (12-5) with an arm-triangle choke late in the second round, after he dominated him on the ground for much of the fight.
Former WSOF welterweight champion Josh Burkman (27-10) was also in action at WSOF 9, as he made short work of Tyler Stinson (27-10) with a first round knockout that came 2:15 into the fight.
Welterweight Title: Rousimar Palhares defeats Steve Carl (Heel Hook — 1:09 1st Round)
Bantamweight Title: Marlon Moraes defeats Josh Rettinghouse (Unanimous Decision — 50-44, 50-44, 50-44)
Yushin Okami defeats Svetlozar Savov (Arm-Triangle Choke — 4:46 2nd Round)
Josh Burkman defeats Tyler Stinson (Knockout — 2:15 1st Round)
Jonathan Nunez defeats Ozzy Dugulubgov (Split Decision — 30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
Mike Corey defeats Shane Kruchten (Rear-Naked Choke — 2:59 2nd Round)
Bryson Hansen defeats Sean Cantor (TKO — 0:46 1st Round)
Chris Gruetzemacher defeats John Gunderson (Unanimous Decision — 30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Brenson Hansen defeats Boostayre Nefarios (Unanimous Decision — 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Danny Davis Jr. defeats Phil Dace (Unanimous Decision — 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jimmy Spicuzza defeats Gil Guardado (Rear-Naked Choke — 3:14 1st Round)