GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — An odd weekend of mixed martial arts continued with another odd finish to a main event, this time in an odd setting, to boot.
Challenger Joseph Barajas’ knee blew out early in his World Series of Fighting 28 main event against champion Marlon Moraes, putting a halt to their WSOF bantamweight title fight at just 1:13 at the Next Level Sports Complex.
With the TKO victory, Moraes had his ninth WSOF victory, a company record.
Barajas (12-2), of Vista, Calif., was offered the title shot after just one fight in the company, and appeared ready to mix it up.
But Moraes began punishing Barajas from the get-go with brutal kicks high and low. Barajas crumpled after the final one and began clutching his leg, leading referee John McCarthy to step in and wave off the bout before Moraes could do more damage.
“That was part of the game plan, to kick him,” said Moraes (16-4-1), who has won 11 straight fights. “I wanted to let go with everything I have. I’m the best 135er in the world, I can fight with anybody. You fight with me, you’re going to get hurt bad.”
It was swift conclusion to an unusual evening of fights conducted at a recplex, with youth volleyball and rec league basketball games going on simultaneously with the fights most of the evening, creating for an out-of-the-ordinary atmosphere.
Moraes’ victory came one fight after his expected next title challenger was derailed on a controversial call. Unheralded Chris Gutierrez scored a split-decision victory over Timur Valiev of Jackson’s MMA and Dagestan. The judges’ scores were a 30-27 in favor of Valiev and a pair of 29-28s for Gutierrez, who was making his WSOF debut.
Valiev got the best of the second round, using an aggressive style reminiscent of
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