Marlon Moraes’ test results are back and he has the novel coronavirus. The former UFC bantamweight title challenger, as well as his wife, tested positive for COVID-19 per ESPN Brazil. Marlon Moraes and his wife picked up on the symptoms a bit over a week ago but their two children were not infected. The former WSOF 135 lb champion described being “very weak” and said “the symptoms were very strong on us.” Moraes indicated that he did not have to go to the hospital but that his wife had to get medical attention via hospital visit.
Moraes is one of several American Top Team members to have tested positive for COVID-19 as of late. Coaches Marcos DaMatta and Mike Brown are among those in the ATT camp who have coronavirus with fighters like Gilbert Burns also contracting it. Positive tests that resulted in individuals being taken out of UFC title fights. Brown could not corner Jorge Masvidal for his UFC 251 title bid and Burns dropped out of the Usman fight which is how Masvidal stepped up in the first place.
Marlon Moraes COVID-19
Moraes’ failed title bid to Henry Cejudo at UFC 238 would lead to a rebound in his next outing. A split decision victory over former featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo at UFC 245. Magic is presently ranked at #1 in the division, per UFC’s official ranking system. Marlon Moraes has mentioned possible bouts with former UFC bantamweight champions Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz. There are some specific rumblings of a Garbrandt fight possibly happening in the fall. But it is far from confirmed.
Per ESPN Brazil, Moraes said, “The fight [the UFC has] to do now is me versus Cody. And I think they will put [Aljamain] Sterling to fight Yan and whoever wins between me and Cody will be the next to fight for the belt. The [UFC] is already planning [Moraes-Garbrandt] for October. The fight has already been offered, on my part. It has already been accepted, I’m just waiting for the UFC.”