Sergio Moraes
The Panther


Pinned against Krause in Sao Paulo
August 29, 2019
Moraes has been booked to fight James Krause at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
It's been a rough 2019 for Moraes, who has dropped each of his fights in the Octagon after going a perfect 2-0 in 2018. He most recently fell to Warlley Alves via knockout (punch) at UFC 237 in May. When taking recent form into account, his opponent, Krause, has the upper-hand given that he is on a five-fight winning streak and most recently defeated Alves himself via TKO (kicks and punches.
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Struggles against Warlley Alves
May 11, 2019
Moraes lost to Warlley Alves via KO (punch) at 4:13 of Round 3 at UFC 237 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Moraes's training camp clearly didn't include any checking leg kicks. It would have been nice to see what he could do if he had two working legs, but unfortunately for the 36-year-old, Alves went to work on his lead leg early on and never let up. Given the damage he absorbed, it's insane to think Moraes nearly made it to the final bell. His poor performance in this one aside, Sergio has been one of the company's more underrated fighters for quite a while. He is 8-3 (1NC) in his last 12 bouts.
Taking on Warlley Alves at UFC 237
March 28, 2019
Moraes is scheduled to fight Warlley Alves at UFC 237 on May 11, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Moraes, looking to rebound from a loss to Anthony Rocco Martin in early March, will take on an opponent in Alves who's coming off a demoralizing loss from last summer that required Alves to fulfill a 180-day medical suspension.
Falls to Anthony Rocco Martin
March 9, 2019
Moraes lost to Anthony Rocco Martin via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.
It was Moraes's first loss in the past six and a half years to someone other than current UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. In a fight in which he was credited with three successful takedown attempts, Moraes somehow landed just 24 total strikes. The Brazilian's bread and butter is his ground game and he didn't attempt any submissions on Saturday. Moraes will always be at a disadvantage in any fight in which he is forced to stand and trade for an extended period of time. Moraes will be back in the near future.
Becomes first man to submit Ben Saunders
September 22, 2018
Moraes defeated Ben Saunders via submission (arm-triangle) at 4:42 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Moraes is one of the few welterweights on the roster that can match the Jiu-Jitsu game of Saunders and he showed that on Saturday. He all but grinded his opponent into dust in Round 1 before scoring another takedown on Saunders and working for the finish in Round 2. Despite still being a virtual unknown among causal MMA fans, Moraes is 9-1 (1NC) in his last 11 fights and his lone loss over that span came against rising star Kamaru Usman. We have probably already seen the best Moraes has to offer, but he deserves one more opportunity against a high-level opponent.
To welcome Ben Saunders to Sao Paulo
July 30, 2018
Moraes will take on Ben Saunders in a welterweight matchup at UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22, reports.
Moraes has put together an impressive 7-1-1 record over his last nine fights, with his only loss being to the red-hot Kamaru Usman. He bounced back from that loss in February to take a split decision over Tim Means. Moraes is a Sao Paulo native that will welcome Saunders to his home country in a matchup where the crowd will be heavily in his favor. He doesn't quite possess the lengthy frame Saunders does, but he's a significantly better grappler, and will look to lean on those skills by keeping the fight in close. If he's unable to do so he could find himself in trouble, but look for Moraes to enter as the betting favorite due to both his recent record and home-field advantage.