Who is Marlon Moraes?
Marlon Luiz Moraes is a Brazilian MMA fighter who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a bantamweight. Moraes was the World Series of Fighting Bantamweight Champion before joining the UFC, and he retained his championship with five consecutive victories.
He was also the first boxer to defeat Jimmie Rivera, and he earned Performance of the Night three times.
The Brazilian native has an innocent grin, but when he gets into the Octagon, he fights like the devil.
He has won 23 of the 31 fights he has participated in.
Not to mention that he holds a black belt in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Arlon Marlon Moraes is a UFC Fight Nights fighter.
As of October 2020, the winner of the 2019 June Fight of the Month is placed third in the UFC bantamweight rankings.
Childhood, Education, and Families
Moraes was born in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, on April 26, 1988.
Gualter Moraes is his father, and Terezinha Waldemira Luiz is his mother.
Similarly, there is no information on whether Moraes has siblings or not.
Moraes won the Muay Thai National Championship prize in his own country after receiving training from the age of seven, before becoming a full-time Mixed Martial Artist.
Xtreme Fighting Championships Mixed Martial Arts Career
Moraes also competed at XFC 15 on December 2, 2011, and won a unanimous decision over Chris Manuel.
Similarly, on April 13, 2012, Moraes knocked out Jarrod Card in 47 seconds in the first round at XFC 17.
World Fighting Championships
Moraes accepted to a contract with the World Series of Fighting the following September.
Moraes made his promotional debut at WSOF on November 3, 2012, against Miguel Torres. Moraes, by chance, won the bout on a split decision.
Similarly, following Moraes’ victory over Torres, it was announced that Moraes will face Tyson Nam at WSOF 2.
On March 23, 2013, Moraes successfully knocked out Nam in the first round with a combination of head kicks and punches.
Similarly, Moraes defeated Brandon Hempleman in a unanimous decision in WSOF 4 on August 10, 2013.
Furthermore, on October 26, 2013, at WSOF 6, Marlon Moraes defeated Carson Beebe via knockout due to punches in only 32 seconds of the first round.
Moraes later fought Josh Rettinghouse for the inaugural WSOF Bantamweight Championship at WSOF 9.
And, as expected, he won by unanimous decision to become the first WSOF Bantamweight Champion.
WSOF Bantamweight Title Defense
Moraes was also slated to defend his former championship against Josh Hill at World Series of Fighting 13 on September 13, 2014.
However, due to an injury, Hill was replaced by Cody Bollinger, and the contest became a non-title.
Moraes, fortunately, won the bout in the second round through rear-naked choke submission.
Moraes later fought Josh Hill in a re-scheduled battle to defend his WSOF Bantamweight Championship at WSOF 18 in Edmonton, Alberta, on February 12, 2015.
Moraes won the event by unanimous decision, retaining his WSOF Bantamweight Championship.
Similarly, at WSOF 22, on August 1, 2015, Marlon fought Sheymon Moraes and won through rear-naked choke submission in the third round, defending his title as WSOF Bantamweight Champion.
Furthermore, on February 20, 2016, at WSOF 28, Moraes met Joseph Barajas and won by technical knockout in the first round due to leg kicks, securing his WSOF Bantamweight Championship for the third time.
On May 10, 2016, a rematch between Moraes and Josh Hill for the WSOF Bantamweight Championship was announced.
As luck would have it, Moraes defeated Hill in the main event of WSOF 32 on July 30, 2016, by knockout in the second round, retaining his WSOF Bantamweight Championship title.
Similarly, Moraes defended his title against Josenaldo Silva on December 31, 2016.
And, fortunately for him, he won the bout via technical knockout as a result of Silva’s knee injury.
Marlon, a champion-belt MMA fighter, poses for the camera with his WSOF Championship belt.
However, after becoming an unrestricted free agent on January 3, 2017, Moraes was forced to relinquish the WSOF Bantamweight Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
Moraes eventually signed with the UFC, which was announced in April 2017.
Marlon Moraes made his official debut against Raphael Assunço at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017.
Unfortunately, he was defeated by a split decision.
Furthermore, on November 11, 2017, at UFC Bout Night, 120 Moraes won a back-and-forth fight against John Dodson by split decision.
Moraes won his second consecutive fight when he walked into the ring to replace Rani Yahya against Aljamain Sterling at UFC Fight Night.
Moraes also got his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Furthermore, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) issued an alert because Moraes gained more than 10% of his weight between weigh-ins and the fight day.
The weight gain (14%) exceeded commission limits, and the CSAC required medical verification from a licensed physician.
Moraes also lost a split decision in a rematch against Raphael Assunço in the main event of UFC Fight Night 144.
Nonetheless, Moraes won the second rematch via knockout in the first round with two punches and a guillotine choke.
He got his third Performance of the Night award that night.
Moraes later lost by technical knockout in the third round to Henry Cejudo at UFC 238 for the UFC Bantamweight Championship on June 8, 2019. Ali Abdelaziz was the fighters’ manager at the time.
However, manager Ali did not go outside the cage for the fight and instead watched it live from home.
“Someone is going to lose, and I don’t want to face them.”
When someone loses, I want to be there for them, to hold them, to do a lot of things for them.
This is my job. It’s going to be quite difficult for me. I’m going to cry.” -Abdelaziz Ali
Moraes most recently lost to Cory Sandhagen via technical knockout in the second round at UFC Fight Night 179 on October 11, 2020.
Cory also shattered Moraes’ orbital bone during the battle.
Cory then delivered the spinning knockout kick that gave him the victory.
UFC-MMA-Fighter, after winning one of the Fight Nights
Furthermore, Moraes may face Rob Font at UFC Fight Night 186 on December 19, 2020.
What’s the connection between Marlon Moraes and Jose Aldo?
Marlon Moraes used to have a lot of respect for Jose Aldo, as he frequently stated.
However, he added that after UFC 245, he lost all respect for the fighter.
“I have zero respect for him, his crew, or how they are acting.” -Moraes, Marlon
Indeed, Moraes won the match, and Aldo was eager to congratulate him on his success.
Moraes, on the other hand, claimed that after hearing Henry’s perspective, he altered his mind about his victory.
Height and Weight
As an MMA and UGC fighter, you should always take care of your body.
Similarly, the father of two has kept his body and health in shape for each bout.
Moraes is also 5 feet 6 inches (170 cm) tall and weighs 61 kg (135 lbs)
Similarly, despite his violent fighting, he has a pair of dark eyes and an innocent-looking face.
Hydration is an important aspect of Moraes’ diet, as it is for every athlete.
His daily morning routine includes a glass of lemon water and vitamins.
His morning food consists of eggs, oatmeal, and coffee to ready him for his intense exercise.
Between meals, Marlon consumes Thorne’s Amino Complex and a protein drink.
He eats a salad and loads of veggies for lunch, along with 100 grams of protein and 100 grams of carbs.
Moraes eats a dish of berries with a slice of bread and peanut butter just after his nightly workout.
Personal Life and Marriage
Izabella Santiago walked down the aisle with the three-time Performance of the Night winner.
Their wedding date, however, is yet undisclosed to the media.
Rafael, born on September 29, 2014, and Ryan, born on November 8, 2018, are their two darling kids.
The pair have been together for 12 years and enjoy every second of it.
In truth, Moraes does not hide his devotion to his wife and children from the public; rather, he continues to upload images and show them how much he cares.
The Moraes family appears to live in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and spends a lot of time together at the beach.
In addition, the pair tested positive for COVID-19 in July 2020. Fortunately, both of their sons tested negative.
Earnings and Net Worth
Marlon Moraes began his MMA career in 2007 and has been quite successful.
He has won numerous prizes, including three Performance of the Night bonuses.
He currently earns $2,298,500 in his career.
Furthermore, as a professional MMA and UFC fighter, he makes between $70,000 and $1.5 million every bout, minus bonuses.
Furthermore, he supplements his income by endorsing and promoting Reebok and Thorne products.
Social Media Presence
Facebook – @MMARLONMORAES – 38k followers
@mmarlonmoraes on Instagram has 178k followers.
@MMARLONMORAES on Twitter has 33.3k followers.