Marlon Moraes is fine with Dominick Cruz getting a bantamweight title shot against Henry Cejudo.
Cruz hasn’t fought since UFC 207 when he lost by decision to Cody Garbrandt to lose his bantamweight title. Since then, he has been dealing with a plethora of injuries.
Yet, for Moraes, he’s excited for Cruz to be back. He also believes it’s good for the division to have him back and fighting for the belt.
“To be honest with you, I see with Aldo I didn’t like it, because I see Petr Yan, I see Cory Sandhagen, I see [Aljamain] Sterling, there’s guys out there,” Moraes said on MMAFighting’s What the Heck show. “These guys, they should be fighting. Aldo just lost a fight. It was a close fight, I think I won. But you know, you don’t get a title shot coming off a loss. Sterling has a good streak, Sandhagen has a good streak, and Petr Yan has been impressive lately, so one of those guys should get it and they didn’t.
“But Dominick Cruz, he’s out there, he’s working out, the guy’s been hurt forever. He did a lot for the sport, he did a lot for the division, and he just can’t get going, he can’t stay healthy. At this point, they probably thought let’s do Sterling, but Sterling is hurt. And let’s do Petr Yan, he’s out of the country, he can’t get here in a month, he needs a little bit more time, I think he only can get here in June, this is what I think. Dominick Cruz probably raised his hand and said he’ll fight him and who would say no?
“Dominick Cruz is a big name, I think it’s good for the division to have him back. ‘He gets hurt,’ and this and that, okay, man. I’m a big fan of Dominick Cruz. I think he deserves anything in this sport and if they’re giving him a fight for the title, hopefully he makes it. Maybe it’s his last one, we don’t know. He’s always hurt, we never know, and if he’s healthy now, he said yes, he signed the contract, let’s make it happen. Who’s not gonna watch this fight? I’m gonna watch.”
For Marlon Moraes, he’s expected to fight Petr Yan in June. Although he beat Jose Aldo last time out, he wasn’t expecting to get another title shot. But, he says if he beats Yan, he believes he deserves it.