Marlon “Magic” Moraes out boxes boxers, out grapples wrestlers, and submits Gracie level Jiu-jitsu practitioners. No matter where the fight takes place, Moraes is not only competent, but he is also confident he can emerge the better man and finish the fight regardless of his fighters skill set. Post the biggest win of his career, lets take a look back at the career of the Brazilian and see how he became the assassin that he his today.
Moraes started training in martial arts with Thai boxing at seven years of age, and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 15. He found national success in Thai boxing in his native Brazil, earning two Muay Thai National Championships before transitioning to mixed martial arts full time. Moraes did not have the best start to his pro career in MMA, and switching through different Brazilian organisation Moraes achieved a 7-4-1 record before signing with World Series Of Fighting.
In just four years, Moraes set the WSOF a blaze as he won all 11 of his fights, including becoming the bantamweight champion, and successfully defending his belt six times. With five K.O/TKO wins, and two submission wins, Moraes got his call up for the UFC. Were we about to see Renan Barao 2.0?
So on a 13 fight win streak Moraes got his debut in the UFC, it did not go to plan as he lost a tough split decision to Raphael Assuncao, but eager to return to action fast the Brazilian faught John Dodson just five months later. Moraes won that fight by decision and was back in the winning column. One month later the Brazilian was back in the octagon and where he knocked out Aljamain Sterling with one of the most brutal knee knockouts we have ever witnessed inside the UFC. The rest of the bantamweight division was on watch now, and if they were not, they should of been!
Moraes then got his toughest test yet, a fight with Jimmie Rivera, whom was on a 20 fight win streak and seemed destined for a title shot. But the Brazilian had other ideas. Despite being the underdog, Moraes was calm and collective as he became the first man to ever knock out Rivera in mixed martial arts. It took the 30-year-old only 33 seconds to record the biggest win of his career. And now it seems that Moraes will surely be the next opponent to face the winner of TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt for the UFC’s bantamweight strap!