Marlon Moraes promoted, Frankie Edgar promoted, Ricardo Almeida

Marlon Moraes promoted to black belt, Frankie Edgar first degree

UFC bantamweight fight Marlon Moraes was promoted to black belt in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by famed instructor Ricardo Almeida.  Teammate, friend and former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar earned the first degree on his black belt under Almeida.

Timur Valiev wrote:

“Such an honor to have these guys on our mats day in and day out. Congratulations gentleman. Marlon Moraes: Congratulations on your black belt, six years as a brown belt and I tried to promote him last year but he wouldn’t accept it. You won’t find a more humble guy. Frankie Edgar: Black belt first degree. Our team leader/captain always setting the pace we all try to follow.”

Edgar wrote:

“This morning was awesome today @rabjjacademy I received my first degree on my black belt by @ricardoalmeidabjj. Getting promoted along side my teammates is always special! Congrats to @ramazan_kuramagomedov_ @timurvaliev_df @tomdeblass on their promotions and huge congrats to @mmarlonmoraes on his black belt”

This morning was awesome today @rabjjacademy i received my first degree on my black belt by @ricardoalmeidabjj. Getting promoted along side my teammates is always special! Congrats to @ramazan_kuramagomedov_ @timurvaliev_df @tomdeblass on their promotions and huge congrats to @mmarlonmoraes on his black belt. 🥋#RABJJ #HomeTeam

8,951 Likes, 112 Comments – Frankie Edgar (@frankieedgar) on Instagram: “This morning was awesome today @rabjjacademy i received my first degree on my black belt by…”

Almeida wrote:

“#hometeam 🥋 such an honor to have these guys on our mats day in and day out!! Congratulations gentleman! @mmarlonmoraes Congratulations on your Black Belt, 6 years as a Brown Belt and I tried to promote him last year but he wouldn’t accept it. You won’t find a more humble guy!! @frankieedgar Black Belt 1st Degree – our team leader/captain always setting the pace we all try to follow. @tomdeblass Black Belt 3rd Degree – One of our OGs who started when we were still in a racket all court and helped us built the team. @timurvaliev_df Brown Belt -the original Dagzilian, the first brother from Dagestan to come reinforce our team. @ramazan_kuramagomedov_ Purple Belt – The younger Dagzilian and the future!! This kid with 1 year of BJJ training took second at ACB Jiu Jitsu World Championships in Russia @renzograciebjj @mark_henry7 @rabjjacademy @dagestan_fighter #mma #bjj #rabjj .”

#hometeam 🥋 such an honor to have these guys on our mats day in and day out!! Congratulations gentleman! @mmarlonmoraes Congratulations on your Black Belt, 6 years as a Brown Belt and I tried to promote him last year but he wouldn’t accept it. You won’t find a more humble guy!! @frankieedgar Black Belt 1st Degree – our team leader/captain always setting the pace we all try to follow. @tomdeblass Black Belt 3rd Degree – One of our OGs who started when we were still in a racket all court and helped us built the team. @timurvaliev_df Brown Belt -the original Dagzilian, the first brother from Dagestan to come reinforce our team. @ramazan_kuramagomedov_ Purple Belt – The younger Dagzilian and the future!! This kid with 1 year of BJJ training took second at ACB Jiu Jitsu World Championships in Russia @renzograciebjj @mark_henry7 @rabjjacademy @dagestan_fighter #mma #bjj #rabjj .

1,069 Likes, 32 Comments – Ricardo Almeida (@ricardoalmeidabjj) on Instagram: “#hometeam 🥋 such an honor to have these guys on our mats day in and day out!! Congratulations…”

Edgar will challenge Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight title at UFC 222 on March 3 in Las Vegas.