Underdog Josh Rettinghouse's WSOF 9 plan? Just go for it
LAS VEGAS â€“ Josh RettinghouseÂ didn’t expect to be challenging for a World Series of Fighting title in his second fight for the promotion. Then again, no one expected Rettinghouse to beat Alexis Vila.
So when the Las Vegas-based promotion offered him a chance to fight for the inaugural WSOFÂ bantamweight title, Rettinghouse admits he took a brief pause â€“ but only a brief one.
“I was thinking, ‘Is this happening? Am I ready for this? Let me talk to my coaches first,’” Rettinghouse told MMAjunkie. “Then I kind of think about it for a second, and I’m like, ‘You know what? I know what they’re going to say. Just go for it.’”
And so the 24-year-old Rettinghouse (10-2) accepted the offer and now meets Marlon Moraes (12-4-1) in the co-main event of Saturday’s WSOF 9 event, which takes place at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The night’s main card airs on NBC Sports Network following prelims that stream on MMAjunkie.
Moraes is a dangerous striker who has already earned World Series of Fighting knockout wins over Carson Beebe and Tyson Nam, as well as convincing decision results agains Brandon Hempleman and Miguel Torres. But Rettinghouse is brimming with confidence, especially after his upset win over Vila this past October.
There’s no question Moraes will provide him the stiffest test of his career to date, but Rettinghouse believe it’s a much closer fight than oddsmakers â€“ who have the Brazilian striker as a 5-to-1 favorite â€“ might believe.
“He is a powerful striker, but I’ve fought tough guys before,” Rettinghouse said. “He’s really well-rounded. I’m really well-rounded. So you’ve got to prepare for anything.”
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