After suffering a second-round TKO defeat against Corey Sandhagen earlier this month, Marlon Moraes is seemingly getting right back to work.
Moraes, a former World Series of Fighting champion, has lost two of his last three bouts and many feel as if he should be riding a three-fight losing streak given his controversial victory over Jose Aldo at UFC 245 last December. Prior to the loss to Aldo, Moraes came up short against Henry Cejudo in a bid to win to the then-vacant 135-pound title.
Although he’s recently hit a rough patch, Moraes has had success throughout his UFC tenure as well. After signing with the promotion in 2017, for example, he put together a 4-1 record that included four-straight victories over John Dodson, Aljamain Sterling, Jimmie Rivera, and Raphael Assuncao. Three of those four victories came by way of stoppage as well.
The 33-year-old Font, meanwhile, has recently dealt with adversity of his own, as he’s spent most of 2020 recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in his last fight. Aside from that, however, the Massachusetts native is riding a two-fight winning streak with victories coming over Sergio Pettis and Ricky Simon.
Overall, Font owns a 7-3 record in the UFC. A win over Moraes would undoubtedly break him into the division’s top 10 while also earning him another big fight down the line.
The event scheduled for Dec. 19 does not yet have a main event, although it’s scheduled to be a UFC Fight Night card and UFC President Dana White has expressed his interest in having rising star Khamzat Chimaev headline it.
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