Marlon Moraes


Fades quickly after strong start
June 8, 2019
Moraes lost to Henry Cejudo via TKO (punches) at 4:51 of Round 3 at UFC 238 on Saturday in Chicago.
Things were going according to plan for Moraes. He was controlling the pace of the fight and hurting Cejudo with leg kicks. If the fight continued at that pace, he likely would have won a decision. However, Cejudo began turning up the volume towards the end of the second round. He pushed forward and threw his strikes at distance and in the clinch. Moraes quickly became exhausted and was basically spent at the start of the third round. Cejudo continued to come forward, and he took the top position. From there, he went to work and the referee was forced to stop the bout. Moraes could likely make it back to another title shot, but he has clear things to work on.
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Gets chance at bantamweight belt
March 27, 2019
Moraes has been booked to take on Henry Cejudo in the Bantamweight Championship fight at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago
Following his win over Raphael Assuncao via submission (guillotine choke) at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ nearly two months ago, Moraes' shot at the bantamweight title was expected to come. However, with T.J. Dillashaw having to forfeit his championship belt following a positive drug test, Moraes will take on Cejudo for the now vacant belt. That won't make Moraes' task any easier however, as Cejudo most recently defeated Dillashaw via TKO in just 32 seconds of their Flyweight Championship fight back in January.
Submits Raphael Assuncao in title eliminator
February 2, 2019
Moraes defeated Raphael Assuncao via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:17 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ on Saturday in Brazil.
The beginning of the fight was a feeling out process. That all changed when Moraes landed a right hand that dropped Assuncao. Moraes jumped onto his downed opponent to try to finish the fight. Assuncao fought back to his feet but Moraes snatched up the guillotine. He dropped to his back for extra leverage and forced the tap. Moraes will almost certainly get the next title shot at bantamweight after this performance. This was his third consecutive first round finish, and it also earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Rematch against Assuncao booked
December 2, 2018
Moraes will take on Raphael Assuncao in a bantamweight matchup in the main event of UFC Fortaleza on Feb. 2, reports.
Moraes is as deserving of a title shot as any bantamweight contender, but with champion T.J. Dillshaw scheduled to defend his title against Henry Cejudo on Jan. 26, Moraes will stay active as opposed to waiting it out on the sidelines. This will be a rematch of an airtight bout back in June 2017 that Moraes dropped to Assuncao via split decision. Neither fighter was able to land a takedown in that matchup, and Moraes narrowly won the striking battle 44-to-43. Given the low output in that matchup and low likelihood of a knockout, neither appear to be particularly attractive fantasy plays.
On verge of title shot after starching Jimmie Rivera in 33 seconds
June 1, 2018
Moraes defeated Jimmie Rivera via KO (switch kick) at 0:33 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Friday in Utica, New York.
Now that's how you make a statement (and take home a $50,000 post-fight bonus). Moraes is known as a true all-around mixed martial artist and he showed on Friday that he can finish a high-level opponent in an instant. Moraes was the victim of a poor judge's decision against Raphael Assuncao in his UFC debut almost exactly a year ago, but he has since earned wins over Rivera, Aljamain Sterling and John Dodson. If you take out that bogus decision against Assuncao, Moraes's last legitimate loss came against someone named "Deividas Taurosevicius" way back in November 2011, or 17 fights ago. T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt will have their rematch for the UFC Bantamweight Championship at UFC 227 in August, and Moraes has a pretty good case to be next in line for the winner of that one.
Booked in potential title eliminator
March 21, 2018
Moraes will take on Jimmie Rivera in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Utica on June 1, reports.
With Moraes and Rivera ranked No. 4 and 5 on the UFC's bantamweight rankings, respectively, the winner here could easily be next in line for a shot at the belt. Moraes is coming off a hand injury and always has a tough weight cut, so both will be newsworthy items to monitor come fight week.