WSOF 9: Carl vs Palhares Results, Palhares submits Carl, Moraes wins bantamweight title

World Series of Fighting’s 9th event took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday evening. The WSOF 9 card featured two title fights and the debut of one of the top middleweights in the world.

The main event of WSOF 9 saw the defense of Steve Carl’s welterweight championship against the always controversial Rousimar Palhares. Carl, unbeaten in his last 7 bouts including the huge upset win over Josh Burkman to capture the title in his last fight. While Palhares became one of the rare fighters to get cut after a loss, being cut from the UFC due to his controversial history and not letting go of a leg lock against Mike Pierce in his last bout.

In his WSOF debut, Palhares got a shot at the champion and only took a total of 1 minute and 9 seconds to lock in one of his trademark heel hooks for the tap out. And becoming the new WSOF welterweight champion.

In the fight to crown the inaugural WSOF bantamweight champion between, Marlon Moraes, who has been increasingly impressive in his 4 previous WSOF bouts–defeating Miguel Torres, Tyson Nam, Brandon Hempleman, and Carson Beebe to earn himself a shot at the title and worthy of being named one of the best bantamweights in the world. And Josh Rettinghouse, who came into this bout a 5-to-1 underdog, earning the shot by defeating Alexis Vila in his WSOF debut at WSOF 6.

The fight was like the odds suggested, a 1-sided beatdown with Moraes landing heavy leg kicks early on that would pay dividends in the 3rd round–which saw Rettinghouse’s lead left leg virtually useless due to those kicks. Moraes would coast through the final 2 rounds and take a clear unanimous decision, extending his win streak to 7 fights and crowned the first ever WSOF Bantamweight Champion.

Following his controversial cut by the UFC, Yushin Okami, one of the top middleweights in the world, made his WSOF debut against Bulgarian Svetlozar Savov, who also making his WSOF debut. Okami made his presence felt in his debut, putting a absolutely dominant performance and earning his first submission win since 2006.


Main Card

Steve Carl vs Rousimar Palhares

Palhares right away got on top of Carl on the mat in his guard. Carl would work towards a triangle choke attempt, throwing his legs up, but Palhares easily brushed them aside. Then Palhares went for his patented leg lock, and would submit Steve Carl in just over a minute with the heel hook. This time letting go as soon as the ref broke them up. Rousimar Palhares becomes the new WSOF welterweight champion.

Rousimar Palhares def. Steve Carl via Submission (inverted heel hook)–Round 1, 1:09


Marlon Moraes vs Josh Rettinghouse

The fight to crowd the inaugural WSOF bantamweight champion. Fight started off quickly for Marlon Moraes, who landed leg kick and lead left hook that dropped Rettinghouse and had him in trouble. Rettinghouse would be forced to shoot for a takedown, but Moraes defended easily. Moraes would defend mulitple takedown attempts in the round from Rettinghouse, including turning one of them into a rear naked choke attempt by taking his back. Rettinghouse was able to turn that attempt into his only successful takedown, but Moraes stood back up using a leg lock attempt.

Rettinghouse decided to change game plans in round 2, standing and trading with Moraes. Rettinghouse was the more aggressive fighter, pushing forward, but finding little success landing his strikes as Moraes would stay on the outside and finish each combination with a leg kick. Landing several leg kicks in the round, and proving to be the far better striker.

Marlon Moraes’ early leg kicks began to pay dividends in round 3, as Rettinghouse’s lead left leg began to show the effects of those kicks. Moraes continued to land those leg kicks and it rendered Rettinghouse virtually useless in the stand up. One final leg kick would drop Rettinghouse late in the round, Moraes tried to finish with ground and pound followed by knees to the body, but the bell would save him.

Rettinghouse was unable to put any weight on his left leg in the 4th, which caused him to fall to the ground at any sight of engagement on the feet. From the ground, Rettinghouse butt scooted his way around the cage, following Moraes around. Moraes would let up on his leg kicks, not throwing many in the round, but still controlling the fight.

Moraes completely abandoned the leg kicks in round 5 as if to show mercy on Rettinghouse, who while still in the fight, wasn’t really in the fight at all. Whole round was spent on the feet as Rettinghouse continued to push forward, but Moraes technically avoided the strikes and answered with his own. Moraes dominates all 5 rounds to win the WSOF inaugural bantamweight championship.

Marlon Moraes def. Josh Rettinghouse via Unanimous Decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)


Yushin Okami vs Svetlozar Savov

Fight started off like your usual Yushin Okami fight, a trip takedown in the clinch from the strong middleweight. Okami would work toward mount and deliver some ground and pound on Savov in a dominant round 1.

Round 2, was much of the same, with Okami securing the takedown with a trip and double underhooks early Again transition into the mount of Svetloar Savov, throwing ground and pound before locking in an arm-triangle choke for the tap, Okami’s first submission victory since 2006. Flawless performance by Okami.

Yushin Okami def. Svetlozar Savov via Submission (arm-triangle choke)–Round 2, 4:46


Josh Burkman vs Tyler Stinson

Burkman was on a roll–winning his first 3 WSOF bouts over Gerald Harris, Aaron Simpson, and Jon Fitch–before being upset by Steve Carl for the WSOF welterweight title, he returns to take on former Strikeforce veteran Tyler Stinson, making his 2nd appearance in WSOF. Both fighters came out looking to strike, Stinson was the more technical and conservative striker, while Burkman was swinging and missing early on with heavy leather. All the haymakers thrown by Burkman would eventually pay dividends, as he threw a straight right to set up his looping right hook that caught Stinson right on the button and knocked him out in the first round.

Josh Burkman def. Tyler Stinson via Knockout (punch)–Round 1, 2:15


Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Jonathan Nunez

Renzo Gracie trained, Ozzy Dugulubgov made his 2nd appearance in WSOF, taking on undefeated 4-0 Jonathan Nunez. Majority of round 1 was spent by both fighters pressing hard for the takedown. Nunez initially got the early takedown on Ozzy, but Ozzy would get back to his feet rather quickly. The rest of the round Dugulubgov had Nunez pressed up against the fence, landing a takedown and staying on top.

Round 2 began with Nunez stuffing one of Ozzy’s takedown attempts and turning it into a d’Arce choke attempt that would be defended by Ozzy. After escaping the choke, Dugulubgov would then take Nunez down and transition to take his back, while flattening him in the processs. Dugulubgov would fish for a rear naked choke, but Nunez defended and would eventually scoot out through the back and get back to his feet, where Ozzy once again clinched him against the fence.

Round 3 saw a more even round, with Jonathan Nunez slamming Ozzy Dugulubgov early on, Nunez saw a brief moment of success on top in the round, but Ozzy ended the fight on the back of Nunez. The judges awarded Jonathan Nunez the split decision.

Jonathan Nunez def. Ozzy Dugulubgov via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)


Preliminary Card

In the final prelim, both featherweights making their WSOF debuts, Mike Corey got the takedown and transitioned into the mount of Shane Krutchen in the 2nd round. Despite the struggle of Krutchen, Corey was able to secure the rear naked choke for the tapout, and snapping the 11-fight win streak Shane Krutchen.

The brother of WSOF veteran Brenson, Bryson Hansen made his WSOF debut and had a rather quick and successful one, defeating Sean Cantor in just 46 seconds via TKO. Hansen got in the clinch against Cantor against the fence, he used a trip to get Cantor down to one knee, and from there Bryson landed several short left hands to put his opponent away.

11-1 Chris Gruetzemacher made his WSOF debut against over 50 fight veteran John Gunderson, and would go on to put on an absolutely dominating performance against Gunderson. Early takedowns to begin the rounds by Gruetzmacher followed by constant pressure on top with ground and pound made it nearly impossible for “Guns” to mount any offense–with the exception of a couple guillotine choke attempts and a late kimura attempted–over the 15 minutes. Chris Gruetzemacher’s clinch on the ground earned him the unanimous decision over a very formidable opponent.

Brenson Hansen bounced back from his first loss in WSOF, and made his 4th appearance in the promotion. Showcasing effective technical kickboxing, Hansen was able to out strike opponent, Boostayre Nefarios over 3 rounds by keeping him at a distance and at his range, while mixing in a few takedowns. Hansen would turn up the pace in the 3rd, to eventually win a unanimous decision.

Full Results

Main Card

Rousimar Palhares def. Steve Carl via Submission (inverted heel hook)–Round 1, 1:09

Marlon Moraes def. Josh Rettinghouse via Unanimous Decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)

Yushin Okami def. Svetlozar Savov via Submission (arm-triangle choke)–Round 2, 4:46

Josh Burkman def. Tyler Stinson via Knockout (punch)–Round 1, 2:15

Jonathan Nunez def. Ozzy Dugulubgov via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

Preliminary Card

Mike Corey def. Shane Krutchen via Submission (rear naked choke)–Round 2, 2:59

Bryson Hansen def. Sean Cantor via TKO (strikes)–Round 1, 0:46

Chris Gruetzemacher def. John Gunderson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Brenson Hansen def. Boostayre Nefarios by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Danny Davis def. Phil Dace by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jimmy Spicuzza def. Gil Guardado by submission (rear-naked choke)–Round 1, 3:14


Tags: Boostayre Nefarios Brenson Hansen Bryson Hansen Chris Gruetzemacher John Gunderson Jonathan Nunez Josh Burkman Josh Rettinghouse Marlon Moraes Mike Corey MMA Ozzy Dugulubgov Rousimar Palhares Sean Cantor Shane Kruchten Steve Carl Svetlozar Savov Tyler Stinson World Series Of Fighting WSOF WSOF 9 Yushin Okami

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