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Sooner than Expected, Joe Barajas Aims to Take Marlon Moraes’ WSOF Belt

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Though he wasn’t as active as he would have liked in 2015, bantamweight up-and-comer Joe Barajas can’t complain too much about how the year went.

In two fights last year, Barajas was able to pick up wins over Aaron Arana for Tachi Palace Fights and then Erik Villalobos in his World Series of Fighting debut.

“I know I had pretty good fights,” Barajas told MMAWeekly.com. “I was in really good shape and feel really good about the wins last year.

“I wanted to showcase my stand-up a little bit more. I have good boxing, but sometimes my instincts kick in and with my wrestling background, it just comes out in my fights and that’s how it ends up going.”

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Barajas (12-1) impressed enough in his WSOF debut that for his next fight he’ll be challenging 135-pound champion Marlon Moraes (15-4-1) in the main event of the promotion’s show on Saturday in Garden Grove, Calif.

“I was a little surprised that I got the title shot this early,” said Barajas. “I thought I would have to fight a few more times, but they ended up giving it to me, so I’m really thankful they gave me the shot. I’m excited and ready to go.”

In preparation for his fight with Moraes, Barajas has upped his preparation so he can make the most of this golden opportunity.

“I’ve stepped up my training pretty hard,” said Barajas. “I’ve been sparring with a lot of guys and getting different looks. Guys have been trying to mimic (Moraes’) style and I’ve been getting some pretty good looks.

“They gave me the shot and I’m going to go out there ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly