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Marlon Moraes to defend bantamweight title against Joseph Barajas at WSOF 28

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Marlon Moraes (15-4-1) will defend his World Series of Fighting (WSOF) bantamweight title against Joseph Barajas (12-1) Saturday, Feb. 20, in Garden Grove, California, at WSOF 28.

The event airs live on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. ET.

Since winning the WSOF bantamweight strap in March 2014 at WSOF 9, Moraes notched two title defenses—a decision victory over Josh Hill at WSOF 18 and a submission victory over Sheymon Moraes at WSOF 22 in August 2015.

A would-be third title defense came against Cody Bollinger at WSOF 13 in September 2014. However, Bollinger missed weight, and the bout was deemed a non-title fight as a result. Moraes defeated Bollinger via rear-naked choke at the event.

Overall, Moraes is a perfect 8-0 in WSOF action.

Barajas, meanwhile, is a relative newcomer to the WSOF scene, earning just one victory under the promotion’s banner. Taking on Erik Villalobos at WSOF 25 in November 2015, Barajas earned a third-round TKO victory and a shot at Moraes’ 135-pound title.

WSOF also announced a co-main event between Timur Valiev and Chris Gutierrez for the Feb. 20 event.

Valiev has won 10 straight, most recently defeating Tito Jones via decision at WSOF 23 in September 2015, while Gutierrez owns a six-fight winning streak of his own. The bout with Valiev will mark Gutierrez’s WSOF debut.

“Beginning with Marlon Moraes, the top dog in the division, the 135-pound superstars are going to be out in full force with a lot at stake at WSOF 28,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo in a press release.

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