Marlon Moraes is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He had most recently competed for the World Series of Fighting, where he was formerly WSOF Bantamweight Champion. As of now, he is no.1 in the UFC bantamweight rankings.
Marlon Moraes started as a Muay Thai fighter at age seven and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at age 15. He has won several Muay Thai tournaments in Brazil. Then he switched to Mix Martial Arts and got his first promotional match at Xtreme Fighting Championships where Moraes fought Chris Manuel at XFC 15, winning via unanimous decision. He went on to fight Jarrod Card at XFC 17 and won via knockout. In September 2012, Moraes signed with the World Series of Fighting.
Marlon Moraes Height
Marlon ‘Magic’ Moraes is 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m). And weighs around 135 lb (61 kg)
Marlon Moraes UFC Record
Moraes holds an MMA record of 23-6-1 which includes a 5-2 record in the UFC. He has faced two losses in the UFC by the hands of Raphael Assuncao and Henry Cejudo for the Bantamweight belt.
The Magic in World Series of Fighting
On November 3, 2012, Moraes made his promotional debut against former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres at WSOF 1. Moraes defeated Torres via split decision.
Following Moraes’s victory over Torres, it was announced that at WSOF 2 Moraes would face Tyson Nam. On March 23, 2013, Moraes defeated Nam via knockout due to a head kick and punches in the first round. Moraes faced Brandon Hempleman at WSOF 4 on August 10, 2013. Moraes won via unanimous decision. Moraes fought Carson Beebe at WSOF 6 on October 26, 2013. He won via knockout due to punches in just thirty-two seconds of round one.
Moraes fought for the inaugural WSOF Bantamweight Championship against Josh Rettinghouse at WSOF 9. He won via unanimous decision to become the first-ever WSOF Bantamweight Champion.
Moraes was scheduled to defend his title against Josh Hill on September 13, 2014, at World Series of Fighting 13. However, Hill was injured and replaced by Cody Bollinger, with the bout being changed to a non-title, catchweight affair. Moraes won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the second round. Moraes was once again scheduled to defend his WSOF Bantamweight Championship against Josh Hill. The rescheduled fight took place on February 12, 2015, at WSOF 18 in Edmonton, Alberta. Moraes won via unanimous decision to retain his WSOF Bantamweight Championship.
On January 3, 2017, Moraes vacated the WSOF Bantamweight Championship after becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Marlon Moraes in the UFC
In April 2017, it was announced that Moraes had signed with the UFC.
He made his promotional debut against Raphael Assuncao at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017. He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision. Moraes faced John Dodson on November 11, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 120. He won the back-and-forth fight by split decision. Moraes made a quick return to the Octagon as he stepped against Aljamain Sterling at UFC Fight Night. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned Moraes his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Moraes faced Jimmie Rivera at UFC Fight Night 131. Moraes won the fight via first-round knockout due to a head kick and punches in just 33 seconds, becoming the first fighter to finish Rivera in MMA, and snapping Rivera’s 20-fight win streak. This win earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Moraes then fought Raphael Assuncao in a rematch in the main event at UFC Fight Night 144. Their first fight ended in a split decision loss for Moraes at UFC 212. Moraes won the rematch in the first round by first dropping Assuncao with two punches and then securing a guillotine choke submission.
Moraes faced Henry Cejudo on June 8, 2019, at UFC 238 for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship. He lost the fight via technical knockout in round three.
Marlon Moraes Last fight
Moraes faced former UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo at UFC 245 and won the fight via split decision.
Marlon Moraes Next Fight
Marlon Moraes is now set to fight Cody Sandhagen on October 11, 2020, at UFC fight night 179.
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