Marlon Moraes

Magic

Brazil

Out
Injury Hand
Est. Return 3/25/2022
Facing 180-day medical suspension
BantamweightUFC
Out
September 28, 2021
Moraes is facing a six-month medical suspension, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moraes will need to have his right hand and left thumb cleared by an orthopedic doctor or be unable to fight again until late March. He lost via TKO to Merab Dvalishvili last weekend as a healthy underdog.
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Crushing defeat in Vegas
BantamweightUFC
Out
September 25, 2021
Moraes lost to Merab Dvalishvili via TKO (punches) at 4:25 of Round 2 at UFC 266 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's a disastrous result for Moraes, and one that came in mind-numbing fashion. Entering as a healthy +215 underdog, Moraes had this fight won, only he wasn't able to close the show. He destroyed Merab in the early going, landing countless power shots that would have floored any mere mortal. Dvalishvili was on auto-pilot, but somehow managed to survive. It was academic from there, as Moraes had clearly gassed himself out seeking the finish and was in no position to defend himself the rest of the way. Quite frankly, Moraes deserves credit for lasting as long as he did in Round 2 considering he generated zero offense of his own. Once viewed as arguably the best fighter not under contract with the UFC, Moraes' run with the company has been a disaster. He won four of his first five fights, but has since dropped four of his last five. Now on a three-fight losing streak, the UFC might elect to cut bait.
Meeting Dvalishvili at UFC 266
BantamweightUFC
Out
June 15, 2021
Moraes (shoulder) is scheduled to face Merab Dvalishvili in a bantamweight fight Sept. 25 at UFC 266, Guilherme Cruz and Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
Moraes (23-8-1) last competed in December, when Rob Font defeated him via TKO to hand the 33-year-old Brazilian a second straight loss. Just under a month after the fight, Moraes underwent shoulder surgery, but he was cleared to resume training in the spring and should be back to full fitness by the time UFC 266 arrives.
Undergoes shoulder surgery
BantamweightUFC
Out
January 15, 2021
Moraes underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday and isn't expected to return to training until March, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moraes will reportedly be in a cast for the next six weeks as a result of the procedure, which was to fix an issue he's been dealing with for a while. H hopes to return to the form that saw him win four straight to begin his UFC career after losing both of his fights during 2020 via TKO.
Stunned by Rob Font
BantamweightUFC
Out
December 19, 2020
Moraes lost to Rob Font via TKO (punches) at 3:47 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. Desperately in need of a victory to salvage whatever value he had left at 135 pounds, Moraes controlled the vast majority of Round 1 with his grappling. Yet when the two men got back to the feet, Moraes ate a jab that sent him tumbling, and he was never able to recover. Referee Marc Goddard is one of the very best in the business, but his late stoppage here resulted in Moraes eating a good dozen unnecessary shots. Moraes has fallen off a cliff and dropped to 1-3 since losing a UFC Bantamweight Championship fight to Henry Cejudo back in June of last year. Moraes seems broken beyond repair, and it's fair to wonder if the UFC will simply cut their losses with the Brazilian.
Set to fight in December
BantamweightUFC
Out
October 21, 2020
Moraes will take on Rob Font (knee) in a bantamweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Dec. 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Moraes will attempt to turn things around against Font after losing his most recent fight to Cory Sandhagen via TKO (strikes) in October. Moraes was once one of the top bantamweight contenders in the UFC, but he's been trending in the wrong direction after going 1-2 in his last three fights. Font defeated Ricky Simon via unanimous decision in December of 2019 but suffered a torn ACL in the loss that has kept him sidelined since. Font has advantages in both height and reach.