Sérgio Ricardo de Moraes (born July 23, 1982) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who formerly competed in the welterweight and middleweight division's for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

Sérgio Moraes
BornSérgio Ricardo de Moraes
(1982-07-23) July 23, 1982 (age 37)
São Paulo, Brazil
Other namesSerginho, The Panther
ResidenceSão Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach73 in (185 cm)
Fighting out ofSão Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
TeamEvolução Thai
Alliance Jiu Jitsu
Rank     3rd degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Everdan Olegário[1]
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission8
By decision5
By knockout4
By decision2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Sérgio Moraes
Medal record
Representing  Brazil
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2008 California, USA -82kg
Silver medal – second place 2009 California, USA -82kg
Bronze medal – third place 2010 California, USA -82kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 California, USA -88kg
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
European Championship
Silver medal – second place 2011 Lisbon, Portugal -88kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Lisbon, Portugal Absolute
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian National Championship
Gold medal – first place 2011 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -88kg
Silver medal – second place 2011 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Absolute


Moraes is often called “O Orgulho da Cohab” meaning literally “The Pride of Cohab;” Moraes was born in Cohab.[2]

Moraes is a 4-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion but his most famous fight was when he defeated Kron Gracie at the 2008 World Championship. Moraes's affiliation is the Alliance Jiu Jitsu Team.

Serginho currently is the head jiu jitsu instructor at Evolucao Thai in Curitiba, Brasil

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Moraes made his professional MMA debut in October 2006 in his native Brazil. Over the next five years, he amassed a record of 6 wins and 1 loss, with 5 of his 6 wins coming via submission.

Moraes made his United States debut in June 2009 for Bellator Fighting Championships. After being rocked early in the round, Moraes was able to get a takedown and quickly lash up a Triangle choke to defeat Josh Martin via submission in the first round at Bellator 12.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In March 2012, Moraes appeared as a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.[3] In the opening elimination fight, he defeated former Muay Thai World Champion Thiago Rela by submission due to a heel hook from the 50/50 guard, midway through round 1 to get into the TUF house.

In the first round of the competition, Moraes fought Delson Heleno. Moraes defeated Heleno via submission (rear naked choke) early in the first round to move onto the semi-final round. There, Moraes fought Daniel Sarafian for a spot at the finals. Moraes was knocked out by Sarafian in the first round by a flying knee.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Moraes made his UFC debut on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147 against Cezar Ferreira to determine the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. He stepped in as a replacement for Sarafian, who was injured.[4] Moraes lost the fight by unanimous decision after being knocked down twice by Ferreira.

Moraes fought fellow TUF Brazil alumnus Renée Forte on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153.[5] After being outstruck for much of the bout, Moraes rallied back in the third round and defeated a visibly exhausted Forte by submission due to a rear naked choke.

Moraes faced Neil Magny on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163.[6] Moraes won the fight via triangle choke in the first round. The win also earned him his first Submission of the Night bonus award.[7]

Moraes was expected to face Zak Cummings on November 30, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. However, Cummings and Moraes had to pull out of the event due to injury and were replaced by Sean Spencer and Drew Dober respectively.[8][9]

Moraes was expected to face Peter Sobotta on April 11, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64.[10] However, Sobotta was forced out of the bout citing injury and was replaced by Gasan Umalatov.[11] In turn, Umalatov also pulled out with injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Mickaël Lebout.[12] Moraes won the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

The fight with Sobotta was rescheduled for June 20, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 69.[14] On June 9, the fight was scrapped once again as Moraes pulled out for undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Steve Kennedy.[15]

Moraes faced Omari Akhmedov on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80.[16] He won the fight via KO in the third round.[17]

Moraes was expected to face Kamaru Usman on May 14, 2016 at UFC 198.[18] However, Usman was replaced on the card for undisclosed reasons by promotional newcomer Luan Chagas.[19] The fight was scored a split draw.[20]

Moraes was expected to face Michael Graves on November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 100.[21] However, Graves was removed from the fight on October 3 after he was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.[22] Moraes instead faced Zak Ottow on the card.[23] Moraes was awarded a split decision victory.[24]

Moraes was expected to face Max Griffin but Griffin pulled out of the fight[25] and Moraes faced promotional newcomer Davi Ramos on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106.[26] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[27] After the fight with Ramos, Moraes signed a new, six-fight deal with UFC.[28]

A rescheduled bout with Kamaru Usman eventually took place on September 16, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 116.[29] Moraes lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[30]

Moraes was scheduled to face promotional newcomer Abubakar Nurmagomedov on February 3, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders.[31] Within the same day, for undisclosed reasons, Nurmagomedov was replaced by Tim Means.[32] Moraes won the fight via split decision.[33]

Moraes faced Ben Saunders on September 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 137.[34] He won the fight via a submission in round two.[35]

Moraes faced Anthony Rocco Martin on March 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 146.[36] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[37]

Moraes faced Warlley Alves on May 11, 2019 at UFC 237.[38] He lost the fight via knockout in the third round.[39]

Moraes faced James Krause on November 16, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 22.[40] He lost the fight via knockout in round three and was subsequently released from the promotion.[41][42]

On November 25, 2019, it was reported that Moraes was released from UFC.[43]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 14 wins 6 losses
By knockout 1 4
By submission 8 0
By decision 5 2
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–6–1 James Krause KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré November 16, 2019 3 4:19 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 14–5–1 Warlley Alves KO (punch) UFC 237 May 11, 2019 3 4:13 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 14–4–1 Anthony Rocco Martin Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos March 9, 2019 3 5:00 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 14–3–1 Ben Saunders Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders September 22, 2018 2 4:42 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 13–3–1 Tim Means Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders February 3, 2018 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Loss 12–3–1 Kamaru Usman KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch September 16, 2017 1 2:48 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 12–2–1 Davi Ramos Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum March 11, 2017 3 5:00 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 11–2–1 Zak Ottow Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 November 19, 2016 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Draw 10–2–1 Luan Chagas Draw (split) UFC 198 May 14, 2016 3 5:00 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 10–2 Omari Akhmedov TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant December 10, 2015 3 2:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–2 Mickaël Lebout Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 April 11, 2015 3 5:00 Kraków, Poland
Win 8–2 Neil Magny Submission (triangle choke) UFC 163 August 3, 2013 1 3:13 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Submission of the Night.
Win 7–2 Renée Forte Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 153 October 13, 2012 3 3:10 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Return to Welterweight.
Loss 6–2 Cezar Ferreira Decision (unanimous) UFC 147 June 23, 2012 3 5:00 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Lost The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Middleweight Tournament.
Win 6–1 Etoube Manuelo Submission (americana) Jungle Fight 18: São Paulo March 20, 2010 1 1:43 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 5–1 Brett Cooper KO (punch) Jungle Fight 16 October 17, 2009 2 4:59 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 5–0 Tommy Depret Submission (rear-naked choke) Jungle Fight 15 September 19, 2009 1 3:55 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 4–0 Josh Martin Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 12 June 19, 2009 1 4:21 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Gerson Silva Decision (unanimous) Mo Team League: Final November 10, 2007 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 2–0 André Santos Submission (triangle choke) Mo Team League 2 September 29, 2007 1 2:07 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 1–0 Anderson Carioca Submission (rear-naked choke) Real Fight 3 October 21, 2006 1 N/A São Paulo, Brazil
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2–1 Daniel Sarafian KO (flying knee) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil N/A 1 4:07 São Paulo, Brazil Fought at 185
Win 2–0 Delson Heleno Submission (rear-naked choke) N/A 1 4:27 Fought at 185
Win 1–0 Thiago Rela Submission (heel hook) N/A 1 2:15 Fought at 185


See alsoEdit


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