In the night's co-feature, top-ranked bantamweight Marlon Moraes (11-4-1) earned his third win under the World Series of Fighting banner, destroying an incredibly tough Brandon Hempleman (9-2) in a 15-minute affair.
Moraes and Hempleman engaged quickly, both firing off punches and kicks in speedy exchanges that left it apparent brutality was likely to ensue. Hempleman's forehead and nose was bloodied early on, and Moraes tagged his legs, as well, but he continued to walk forward until he was rocked and hit the deck. Moraes unloaded with strikes as a bloodied Hempleman tied things up from the bottom and looked to recover.
Moraes eventually worked free, posturing up and working in a few short elbows to his opponent's face. Hempleman continued to slow things down underneath, and the fighters were eventually brought back to their feet. Doctors came in to check a blood-soaked Hempleman, but he was allowed to continue.
Hempleman pressed forward to start the second, but he was quickly toppled to his back as he tried to work with a wounded left leg. Moraes punched the ribs as he worked from top position, but Hempleman asked for a standup and was somewhat surprisingly rewarded. On the restart, a Moraes leg kick left Hempleman hopping on one limb from the pain, but he was allowed to continue fighting. To his credit, Hempleman did everything he could to fight, but he was obviously wounded prey.
The two embraced to opened the third, and Hempleman somehow found the will to attack. Moraes sat back for most of the frame, seemingly willing to coast while up on the cards. A few spectacular strikes came in spurts, but he was content to ride out the clock and pick up the decision win, 30-27 on all three cards.