Marlon Luiz Moraes (born April 26, 1988) is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist who competed in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He previously competed for the World Series of Fighting, and is a former WSOF Bantamweight Champion.
|Born||April 26, 1988|
Nova Friburgo, Brazil
|Residence||Palm Beach Gardens, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Toms River, New Jersey, United States|
|Team||Ricardo Almeida BJJ (former)|
American Top Team (current)
|Rank||Black belt in Muay Thai |
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Almeida
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Moraes got his start in martial arts with Muay Thai at age seven and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at age 15. He saw national success in Muay Thai in his native Brazil, earning a pair of Muay Thai National Championships before switching full-time to MMA.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Xtreme Fighting ChampionshipsEdit
World Series of FightingEdit
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 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 May 10, 2016, it was announced that Moraes will rematch against Josh Hill for the WSOF Bantamweight Championship at WSOF 32 on July 30, 2016, in the main event. Moraes won the fight via knockout in the second round.
On January 3, 2017, Moraes vacated the WSOF Bantamweight Championship after becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
In April 2017, it was announced that Moraes had signed with the UFC.
Moraes made a quick return to the Octagon as he stepped in to replace Rani Yahya against Aljamain Sterling at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega on December 9, 2017. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned Moraes his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
After UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) flagged Moraes for gaining more than 10% of his weight back after weigh-ins. His jump from 135.4 pounds on weigh-in day to 155 pounds on fight day was a difference of 14.5%, well over commission regulations of staying within 10% of the contracted weight. CSAC will not license him for bantamweight bouts “without extensive medical documentation from a licensed physician certifying the weight class is appropriate and verified by CSAC physicians.”
Moraes faced Jimmie Rivera on June 1, 2018, 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 faced Raphael Assunção in a rematch on February 2, 2019, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 144. Their first fight ended in a split decision loss for Moraes at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017. Moraes won the rematch in the first round by first dropping Assunção with two punches and then securing a guillotine choke submission. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Moraes faced Merab Dvalishvili on September 25, 2021, at UFC 266. Despite knocking Dvalishvili down twice and nearly finishing him in the first round, Moraes ultimately fatigued and lost the fight via second round TKO.
On April 13, 2022 Marlon announced his retirement from MMA via his manager, Ali Abdelaziz. He stated that he wanted to “thank everyone- Sean Shelby, Dana White and the UFC for giving him the opportunity”. 
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World Series of Fighting
- WSOF Bantamweight Championship (One time, first)
- Most consecutive title defenses (5)
- Most wins in title bouts (6)
- Most wins (11)
- Undefeated (11–0)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|34 matches||23 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||23–10–1||Song Yadong||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev||March 12, 2022||1||2:06||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||23–9–1||Merab Dvalishvili||TKO (punches)||UFC 266||25 September 2021||2||4:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||23–8–1||Rob Font||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal||December 19, 2020||1||3:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||23–7–1||Cory Sandhagen||TKO (spinning wheel kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen||October 10, 2020||2||1:03||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||23–6–1||José Aldo||Decision (split)||UFC 245||December 14, 2019||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||22–6–1||Henry Cejudo||TKO (punches)||UFC 238||June 8, 2019||3||4:51||Chicago, Illinois, United States||For the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||22–5–1||Raphael Assunção||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2||February 2, 2019||1||3:17||Fortaleza, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||21–5–1||Jimmie Rivera||KO (head kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes||June 1, 2018||1||0:33||Utica, New York, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||20–5–1||Aljamain Sterling||KO (knee)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega||December 9, 2017||1||1:07||Fresno, California, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||19–5–1||John Dodson||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis||November 11, 2017||3||5:00||Norfolk, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||18–5–1||Raphael Assunção||Decision (split)||UFC 212||June 3, 2017||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||18–4–1||Josenaldo Silva||TKO (knee injury)||WSOF 34||December 31, 2016||1||2:30||New York City, New York, United States||Defended the WSOF Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||17–4–1||Josh Hill||KO (head kick and punches)||WSOF 32||July 30, 2016||2||0:38||Everett, Washington, United States||Defended the WSOF Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||16–4–1||Joseph Barajas||TKO (leg kicks)||WSOF 28||February 20, 2016||1||1:13||Garden Grove, California, United States||Defended the WSOF Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||15–4–1||Sheymon Moraes||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WSOF 22||August 1, 2015||3||3:46||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended the WSOF Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||14–4–1||Josh Hill||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 18||February 12, 2015||5||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Defended the WSOF Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||13–4–1||Cody Bollinger||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WSOF 13||September 13, 2014||2||1:35||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States||Catchweight (140 lb) bout; Bollinger missed weight (147 lb).|
|Win||12–4–1||Josh Rettinghouse||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 9||March 29, 2014||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the inaugural WSOF Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||11–4–1||Carson Beebe||KO (punches)||WSOF 6||October 26, 2013||1||0:32||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Win||10–4–1||Brandon Hempleman||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 4||August 10, 2013||3||5:00||Ontario, California, United States|
|Win||9–4–1||Tyson Nam||KO (head kick and punches)||WSOF 2||March 23, 2013||1||2:55||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||8–4–1||Miguel Torres||Decision (split)||WSOF 1||November 12, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–4–1||Jarrod Card||KO (punch)||XFC 17: Apocalypse||April 13, 2012||1||0:47||Jackson, Tennessee, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
|Win||6–4–1||Chris Manuel||Decision (unanimous)||XFC 15: Tribute||December 2, 2011||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||5–4–1||Deividas Taurosevičius||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Ring of Combat 38||November 18, 2011||1||2:34||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For the ROC Featherweight Championship.|
|Loss||5–3–1||Ralph Acosta||Submission (rear-naked choke)||World Extreme Fighting 46||April 22, 2011||2||3:03||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||5–2–1||Ryan Bixler||Submission (Americana)||RMMA 20: Clash at the Casino||April 8, 2011||1||1:44||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||4–2–1||Nicolas Joannes||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shoot & Sprawl 2||October 2, 2010||1||3:49||Northamptonshire, England|
|Draw||3–2–1||Sandro China||Draw (unanimous)||Dojo Combat 1||April 17, 2010||3||5:00||Juiz de Fora, Brazil|
|Win||3–2||André Rouberte||TKO (punches)||Shooto: Brazil 10||January 17, 2009||1||3:35||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||2–2||Zeilton Rodrigues||TKO (punches)||Shooto: Brazil 7||June 28, 2008||1||1:45||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||2–1||Alexandre Pinheiro||TKO (punches)||Shooto: Brazil 6||April 18, 2008||1||2:58||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||José Lucas de Melo||TKO (punches)||MMA Sports Combat 2||March 15, 2008||1||N/A||Rio das Ostras, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Bruno Santana||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Desafio: Brazil Fight Center 2||April 14, 2007||1||N/A||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
Muay Thai recordEdit
|2010-08-14||Win||Leonardo Monteiro||VI Desafio Profissional de Muay Thai, Final||São Paulo, Brazil||Decision||3||3:00|
|2010-08-14||Win||Alex Oller||VI Desafio Profissional de Muay Thai, Semi Final||São Paulo, Brazil||Decision (Unanimous)||3||3:00|
|2010-08-14||Win||Gilmar Sales||VI Desafio Profissional de Muay Thai, Quarter Final||São Paulo, Brazil|
|2009-02-14||Win||Bruno Robusto||CBMT - Championship of Brazilian Muay Thai 2009||Niterói, Brazil||Decision (Split)||3||3:00|
|2007-11-10||Loss||Gilmar Sales||Demolition Fight VI||São Paulo, Brazil||Ext.R Decision||4||3:00|
|For the Demolition Fight -65kg title.|
|2007-10-20||Win||Dayvison Texeira||Brasileiros de Muay Thai - Final||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Ext.R Decision||4||3:00|
|Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes|
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- "XFC 15: Tribute Results". Mmajunkie.com. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
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- "Six fights confirmed for WSOF 4, While Anthony Johnson and Mike Kyle are set for WSOF 5". Bloodyelbow.com. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- "New fights set for WSOF 6". Mmajunkie.com. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
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- "Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse title fight co-headlines WSOF 9 in Las Vegas". Mmajunkie.com. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
- "WSOF 9 results: Marlon Moraes becomes first ever WSOF Bantamweight champion". Fansided.com. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
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- "Controversy! WSOF 18 highlights and results". Bloodyelbow.com. 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
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- "Marlon Moraes defeats Joseph Barajas in first-round TKO". Nbcsports.com. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
- "Marlon Moraes Flattens Josh Hill to Retain WSOF Bantamweight Title". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
- "Fight photos: Marlon Moraes vs. Josenaldo Silva". Newsday.com. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
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- Alexander K. Lee (2017-08-31). "John Dodson to fight Marlon Moraes at UFC Norfolk". Mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
- "UFC Fight Night 120 results: Marlon Moraes gets nod in bizarrely scored split over John Dodson". Mmajunkie.com. 2017-11-12. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
- Simon Samano (2017-11-17). "Aljamain Sterling gets Marlon Moraes as UFC-Fresno replacement opponent". Mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
- "UFC Fight Night 123 results: Marlon Moraes KOs Aljamain Sterling with ridiculous knee". Mmajunkie.com. 2017-12-10. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
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- "Marlon Moraes among four fighters CSAC recommends move up in weight after UFC Fresno". Mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
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- "UFC Fortaleza results: Marlon Moraes evens score with Raphael Assuncao, taps him out in first". MMAjunkie. 2019-02-03. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
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- "Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes official for UFC 238". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-27. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
- "UFC 238 results: Henry Cejudo TKOs Marlon Moraes to win second title". MMA Junkie. 2019-06-09. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
- "Jose Aldo to make bantamweight debut vs. Marlon Moraes at UFC 245". MMAJunkie.com. October 23, 2019. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
- "UFC 245 results: Marlon Moraes spoils Jose Aldo's bantamweight debut, wins split decision". MMA Junkie. 2019-12-15. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
- "Marlon Moraes Vs. Cory Sandhagen Reportedly Set For October UFC Card". FIGHT SPORTS. 2020-08-06. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
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- Staff (2020-10-21). "Marlon Moraes vs. Rob Font added to UFC event on December 19 in Las Vegas". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-10-21. (in Dutch)
- Doherty, Dan (2020-12-19). "UFC Vegas 17 Results: Rob Font Stops Marlon Moraes in Brutal Fashion". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
- DNA, MMA (2021-06-15). "Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dvalishvili toegevoegd aan UFC 266 op 25 september". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
- Anderson, Jay (2021-09-25). "UFC 266 Results: Merab Dvalishvili Survives Near Finish, Finishes Marlon Moraes in Signature Win". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-09-26.
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- Law, Eddie (2022-03-12). "UFC Vegas 50: Song Yadong Walk-Off KO Finishes Moraes Early". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-03-13.
- "Former UFC title challenger, WSOF champ Marlon Moraes retires from MMA". MMA Junkie. 2022-04-13. Retrieved 2022-04-13.
- "UFC Fight Night 131 results: Marlon Moraes head kicks Jimmie Rivera for stunning KO in 33 seconds". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-02. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
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