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UFC Fighter Marlon Moraes (23-6-1)

MMA fighters are savages. They are the best athletes on the planet earth, however, they are also human and enjoy things just like you and me.

“Magic” Marlon Moraes is one of the best bantamweights in the world and is currently ranked No. 1 in the UFC bantamweight rankings.

Before making his way to the UFC in 2017, Moraes was the man in the World Series of Fighting. He went 11-0 with seven finishes and defended the WSOF Bantamweight title six times. Moraes and fellow WSOF alumni Justin Gaethje are tied for most wins in title bouts, most title bouts, and most consecutive title defenses.

Moraes vacated the WSOF Bantamweight title after his contract ran out in January 2017 and joined the UFC a few months later. After fighting Raphael Assunção in his debut and then fighting John Dodson in his second fight – both ending in split decisions, Moraes really got going.

Moraes went out a first-round finish streak before receiving a title shot. He knocked out Aljamain Sterling with a brutal knee, Jimmie Rivera with a high kick, and then submitted Raphael Assunção via guillotine choke in the rematch.

Moraes faced Henry Cejudo on June 8, 2019, at UFC 238 for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship. After hurting Cejudo in the first round, Moraes ended up losing via TKO in the third.

Moraes is coming off a split decision win over UFC legend Jose Aldo at UFC 245 last December but hasn’t fought since. Well, he returns to action finally against  Cory Sandhagen on October 11, 2020, in the main event.

With a win over Sandhagen, he will be in line to get another title shot against the newly crowned champion, Petr Yan.

Here is a list of UFC fighter Marlon Moraes’ favorite things.

  • Favorite food – Brazilian BBQ and Japanese food
  • Favorite drink – Coconut water
  • Favorite color – Red
  • Favorite all-time fight to watch – Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua
  • Favorite knockout – Yves Edwards vs. Josh Thompson
  • Favorite sport to watch other than MMA – Soccer 
  • Favorite submission to practice- Rear-Nake Choke
  • Favorite athlete – Romário
  • Favorite movie – Se7en 
  • Favorite TV show – Ballers
  • Favorite superhero – Hulk 
  • Favorite song – Redemption song
  • Favorite band or musician – Racionais MC’s 
  • Favorite place to travel to – Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro
  • Favorite animal – Dog
  • Favorite holiday – Christmas 
  • Favorite hobby – Playing soccer and anything with my kids.

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