Former UFC bantamweight title challenger Marlon Moraes has decided to toss in the gloves and retire from the sport of mixed-martial-arts.
John Morgan of The UnderGround first broke the news with a statement from Moraes per his manager Ali Abdelaziz.
The statement read:
“I want to thank everyone – Sean Shelby, Dana White and the UFC for giving me so many opportunities. 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.”
Statement from Moraes: pic.twitter.com/MtEzO4gWyW
— John Morgan (@JohnMorgan_MMA) April 13, 2022
Moraes is retiring at the age of 33-years-old and leaves behind a spectacular resume.
Earlier in his career, Moraes served as the bantamweight champion of the World Series of Fighting (WSOF). During his time with the promotion, he went undefeated with an incredible win streak of 11 straight. As the WSOF champion, he defended his title five times before making the move to the UFC in 2017.
Despite losing his first bout under the UFC banner, Moraes strung together four straight wins over the likes of John Dodson, current champion Aljamain Sterling, Jimmie Rivera, and Raphael Assuncao. As Moraes rose through the rankings, he found himself in a title fight against former double-champion Henry Cejudo.
The title fight marked what might be called the downfall for Moraes as following his loss to Cejudo, he went 1-4.
Despite the losing skid over these last two years, Moraes walks away with a record of 23-10-1 with 16 of those wins coming by way of a finish.
We here at MyMMANews wish Moraes a happy retirement and thank him for the years of entertainment.
As a recent graduate from Lewis-Clark State College with a B.S. in History, Bjorn first fell in love with mixed martial arts when he watched UFC 196. As a contributor for MyMMANews, Bjorn matches his love for MMA, history, and writing.