He’ll face Raphael
Assuncao in a rematch of their highly contested UFC 212 fight.
As we approach the pivotal bout, here are five things that you
might not know about Moraes.
He favors winning by KO/TKO.
Ten (48 percent) of the Brazilian’s victories have come via
knockout. Included amongst his list of victims are his previous two
UFC adversaries, Aljamain
Sterling and Jimmie
Rivera. Moraes’ most memorable finish to date is arguably the
head kick and ensuing punches that put Tyson Nam to
World Series of Fighting 2. The devastating KO was chosen as
the promotion’s knockout of the year.
He likes to get the job done quickly.
More often than not, Moraes is seen sporting a smile. However, once
the cage door closes his demeanor is all business. 14 (67 percent)
of his wins have come in the very first round. This is an unusually
high ratio for a fighter competing in the sport’s lighter weight
divisions. Impressively, Moraes’ last two UFC bouts lasted a mere
100 seconds combined.
He has won gold before.
“Magic” is a former World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion.
He won the strap by besting Josh
Rettinghouse by decision at WSOF 9. Moraes defended the title
six times, stopping five of his rivals in the process. In early
2017, Moraes vacated the belt and signed with the UFC.
He started out in muay Thai.
Moraes commenced combat training at the tender age of 7. Initially
focused on muay Thai, the talented striker would go on to achieve
some impressive accolades in the sport that include two state
championships and an array of national titles. His martial arts
origins are evident in his preference for duking it out on the
feet. Moraes has been compared to UFC lightweight and compatriot
Barboza for his devastating kick-heavy game, which he combines
with a fast and effective jab. “Magic” retired from muay Thai with
a stellar 26-1 record. Back in 2008, a dejected Moraes, coming off
the back of two consecutive losses, briefly flirted with the idea
of dropping mixed martial arts altogether and returning to his
former sport. However, a move to New Jersey and training at
Almeida Jiu Jitsu rekindled his enthusiasm for MMA.
He has tasted defeat only once in the last six years.
In November 2011, Moraes faced Deividas
Taurosevicius at Ring of
Combat 38. During the midpoint of the first stanza, Moraes was
left with no choice but to succumb to an arm-triangle choke. After
this setback, he went on a remarkable 13-fight streak that entailed
eight finishes and five decision victories. The success finally
came to an end in his UFC debut, which took place June 2017. At UFC
212 he dropped a highly competitive split decision to Assuncao.