Saturday, February 20, 2016 – World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 28 was live on NBC Sports Network from the Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove, CA. Tonight had WSOF Bantamweight Champion Marlon Moares defend his title against Joseph Barajas in what was scheduled for five rounds.
Here are tonight’s round-by-round breakdown of WSOF 28:
Welterweight (170 lbs) Andrew Ramm (4-3) vs. Ozzie Alvarez (6-3)
Alvarez weighed in at 170 yesterday but looks at about 195 rehydrated. Both Ramm and Alvarez are making their WSOF debut and “Big” John McCartney is the ref for the opening bout. Ramm who looks like he walks around at 170 is stalking Alvarez, each have had made light exchanges in this first round with Ramm looking for the low kick, Alvarez shucks Ramm to the ground and takes top position, but Ramm is looking for a triangle choke and if he can extend he could have it, the only problem is Alvarez has both arms in. Alvarez fights his way back into the guard but is completely tied up as Big John finally stands them up. Ramm is leading with his jab but Alvarez lunges in with a left cross. It it was a pose down Alvarez would clearly win, but this is MMA and that stomp kick from Ramm ends the round.
Round number two and they touch gloves as Ramm again leads with his feet, first a low kick then a stomp kick. Alvarez is still landing some good shots of his own but gets punched in the thigh. Ramm is still chasing Alvarez around the cage looking for those kicks. Alvarez lands a big combination to the body as Ramm is still leading with his kicks. Alvarez finally catches one of Ramm’s legs and takes him down with a double leg, but again, Ramm is looking for a triangle, which will be difficult to pull off as he’s stuffed against the cage. this round ends with Alvarez in the guard.
Third and final round and Alvarez takes Ramm down with a third double leg and once again Ramm is looking for a triangle choke. Alvarez moves into half guard. This final round has had Ramm fighting off his back the entire time but as I write this they both jump up to their feet. A lot more dancing than fighting, but as the bell sounds Alvarez connects with a right hand to Ramm’s ear.
Your winner by unanimous decision, and winning his WSOF debut, Ozzie Alvarez!
Welterweight (170 lbs) Jamie Yager (6-4) vs. Daniel McWilliams (13-32)
McWilliams leads with a side kick that is pushed away, ends up in Yager’s front guillotine, taken down in a crucifix transition to an armbar and this one is already over.
Your winner in 38 seconds of the very first round by armbar, Jamie Yager!
Bantamweight (135 lbs) Timur Valiev (10-1) vs. Chris Gutierrez (8-1-1)
Two top five competitors in the WSOF Bantamweight division, Gutierrez leads with an attempted head kick as Valiev goes low with his kicks. A lot of feet are flying but none of them are connecting until Valiev lands a head kick, eats a right hand and takes Gutierrez down with a double leg that leads to cage control on their feet. Gutierrez is trying to cut the angles but Valiev isn’t falling for it just yet. This looks like TKD in the Olympics with a lot of bouncing and misssing. Valiev has taken cage control again after not being able to utilize his double leg.
The second round is underway and there is a lot more dancing around as Valiev finally connects one of his low kicks, but as Bas Rutten always, no single kicks, which neither fighter appears to watch Inside MMA and take his advice. Valiev just ran up and kicked Gutierrez in the leg like a playground bully who was upset you tattled on him in second period. Gutierrez pirouettes before being taken down by Valiev who is now in the guard dropping hammer fists. Valiev has top control as he’s moved on to dropping elbows. Gutierrez attempted to slide out looking for an armbar, but Valiev transitions into side mount before moving back into Gutierrez’s guard.
Final round and they are still leading with their feet and missing most of their kicks. Gutierrez connects with a punch combination but eats a leg kick from Valiev. Gutierrez lands a hard right cross but Valiev shakes it off like it was nothing. Valiev is the busier fight landing a third of every punch and kick he throws this round. The round comes to a close and it looks like Gutierrez may have stolen it as he he knocked Valiev down to end the fight.
Your winner by split-decision, Chris Gutierrez!
Bantamweight Championship (135 lbs) Marlon Moraes [Champion (15-4-1)] vs. Joseph Barajas (12-1)
The champion leads in with low kicks already forcing making the challenger’s lead leg wobble. Barajas hasn’t checked a kick yet, eats another outside leg kick, spins around and we heard a pop in the third row, which may very well have been his MCL tearing.
Your winner in the very first round via TKO at 1:38 and still WSOF Bantamweight Champion of the World, Marlon Moraes!