In the main event of UFC 238 this Saturday, flyweight champion, Henry Cejudo will move up in weight to take on Marlon Moraes. There, the two will fight for the vacant bantamweight title. Given Cejudo is an Olympic gold medalist, the top bantamweight contender is prepared for a heavy-wrestling fight.
“I’m expecting a heavy wrestling-oriented gameplan from Cejudo, but I’m ready. I am more ready than ever. I’m coming into this fight with a strong desire to become a champion,” Moraes said to Portal do Vale Tudo. “I trained very hard and my time has come. It’s my time to become the champion. Frankie Edgar was essential in my training camp for this fight. We have been training together a lot, his MMA wrestling is very strong. I intend to make use of all of its qualities, implement them into my arsenal and walk out of there a champion.”
Meanwhile, one of Marlon Moraes’ training partners and close friends is former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar. They both train under Mark Henry. And, Moraes says he used Edgar a lot for this camp preparing for anything and everything to happen.
Not only are the two training together, but Moraes says both will be holding belts come July 28 in the gym.
“He is scheduled to fight Max (Holloway) at UFC 240. It’s going to be a tough fight, but Frankie is ready to fight anyone, and we are ready to surprise people. Frankie will impose his gameplan and we will both get the belts. I’ll get mine on the 8th and Frankie will snatch his on the 27th,” he said.
To do so, Moraes will have to impose his gameplan on Cejudo. He will have to stuff the takedowns and show why he is the top contender at bantamweight. If he does that, getting the belt is a real possibility.
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