Underrated: Marlon Moraes
By Edward Carbajal
MMA World Series of Fighting’s (WSOF) Bantamweight Champion Marlon Moraes (17-4) has not lost a fight since 2011. He has finished his last three opponents and has even called out fighters from other promotions because he wants to test himself and misses the cage when he is not in it. Moraes trains with Frankie Edgar out of Team Almeida Jiu-JItsu and brings the same aggressive pace to his bouts at WSOF that fighters from that team seem to share.
So where has he been? Negotiating his comeback apparently according to Bloody Elbow, Moraes and his manager had said they would have big news coming soon on social media over the weekend and what could be bigger than a comeback? Frontproof Media had only asked a few weeks ago at the UFC 205 press conference and other than supporting his team he did not know when he would be back.
Since his start with WSOF in their very first event, Moraes has defeated some pretty tough fighters. His first fight was against Miguel Torres to which he won by split decision. Since then he has gone 10-0 with the promotion winning the title at WSOF 9 and has defended it four times, five if you include his bout with Cody Bollinger who missed weight for their fight. A fighter that holds a title and actively defends it seems to be rare in a time where big names seem to matter more than titles, but this is martial arts competition and the honor of carrying a title will always hold significance with fighters and fans.
The team Moraes trains with out of New Jersey will always be circling or holding titles and that is something Moraes looks forward to seeing happen soon. Frontproof Media was able to talk to him at the UFC 205 press conference where he was there in support of Frankie Edgar and Eddie Alvarez, see what he had to say below:
While nothing has been officially announced yet, MMA fans are looking forward to his return to the cage as much as he is.