Ex-WSOF Champ Marlon Moraes to Make Octagon Debut vs. Raphael Assuncao at UFC 212

By: Tristen Critchfield
Apr 15, 2017

Former World Series of Fighting bantamweight titlist Marlon Moraes will make his Octagon debut against Raphael Assuncao at UFC 212 on June 3.

The Las Vegas-based promotion confirmed the pairing on Saturday. A strawweight clash pitting Viviane Pereira against Jamie Moyle was also announced for the event. UFC 212 takes place at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and is headlined by a featherweight championship tilt between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway.

Moraes, 28, will make his first promotional foray riding the momentum of a 13-bout winning streak. Moraes captured the inaugural WSOF bantamweight strap with a unanimous decision triumph over Josh Rettinghouse in March 2014. He defended the title six times after that, often in lopsided fashion. Moraes is 18-4-1 as a professional overall, with 13 triumphs coming inside the distance.

Assuncao, meanwhile, has lost just once in his last nine outings — a unanimous decision defeat to ex-champ T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 200. The 34-year-old Brazilian bounced back in his most recent appearance, taking a split decision over Aljamain Sterling at UFC on Fox 23.

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