Phil Hawes returns at WSOF 32
By Edward Carbajal
Phil Hawes, fresh off his debut at WSOF 31 will be back in action again at WSOF: 32 Moraes vs. Hill 2 on July 30 from the XFINITY Arena in Everett, Washington. He will be facing Louis Taylor (12-3) in the main card broadcast on NBCSN that includes two championship bouts with Marlon Moraes (16-4-1) vs. Josh Hill (14-1) and Alexandre Almeida (18-5) vs. Lance Palmer (10-2). Hawes is replacing Shamil Gamzatov who was forced to withdraw citing a personal commitment.
Taylor made his debut at WSOF 29 where he finished Cory Devela in the first round with a guillotine choke. He has five-straight wins over all and looks to keep up the momentum against the undefeated Jackson-Winklejon trained Hawes. Half of Taylor’s wins come by way of submission and they may come in handy against the likes of Hawes who was a 2009 junior college national wrestling champion for Iowa Central Community College.
While still building a record, of Hawes’ four wins, three come by way of KO/TKO which means if he can avoid the clinch of Taylor and any grappling on the ground he could pound out another victory.