Former UFC title challenger Marlon Moraes announces MMA retirement

Marlon Moraes
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Marlon Moraes, the inaugural WSOF (World Series of Fighting) bantamweight champion, an 11-fight UFC alum and one-time title challenger under the Dana White-led organization – has confirmed his retirement from professional mixed martial arts time, calling time on a 15-year run. 

Moraes, a native of Nova Friburgo, Brazil – most recently featured on the main card of UFC Vegas 50 in March – suffering a one-sided first round knockout loss to Song Yadong. The defeat came as Moraes’ fourth consecutively, and fourth straight by way of knockout.

The Brazilian’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz confirmed to The Underground reporter, John Morgan that his client had retired from active competition with immediate effect – with Moraes also providing a statement confirming his departure from the sport. 

“I want to thank everyone – Sean Shelby, Dana White and the UFC for giving me so many opportunities,” Marlon Moraes wrote. “I want to thank my family, my coaches, my manager, everybody who has been around and been part of my career. I’m still gonna be around the sport helping young guys and helping my friends. I also want to say thank you to Mark Henry, Ricardo Almeida, Frankie Edgar, and Anderson França.”

Competing 11 times under the promotional banner of the UFC, Moraes, a trainee at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida – amassed a 5-6 promotional record. 

In his most recent win, Moraes defeated Jose Aldo with a split decision win at UFC 245 in December 2019.

Moraes once challenged for vacant bantamweight spoils, suffering a third round knockout loss to former two-weight UFC champion, Henry Cejudo at UFC 238.

Moraes also owns a notable high-kick knockout victory over current undisputed bantamweight best, Aljamain Sterling – landing the win as part of a notable four-fight winning streak. 

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