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Champion Marlon Moraes will test free agency after WSOF contract expires

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Marlon Moraes successfully defended his World Series of Fighting bantamweight title with vicious leg kicks on Feb. 20, stopping Joseph Barajas in only 73 seconds, and could be one fight away from the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Riding an impressive 11-fight winning streak with nine victories under the WSOF banner, Moraes’ next bout will be the last on his contract. One of the highest-paid fighters in the promotion, the Brazilian doesn’t think money could be an issue for a potential transfer to the UFC.

“It doesn’t change anything because I know my qualities. It’s a matter of time until I conquer my space in the UFC or wherever I go,” Moraes told MMAFighting.com. “It’s a matter of time until I go there and put on a show. I fight aggressively, put on great fights, knockouts. Win or lose, I put on the best fight of the night. That’s what fans enjoy. Where I’m going or where I’m at, I’m not worried.”

Moraes will not resign with WSOF before his next 10th fight in the promotion, testing the market right after.

“I’m a WSOF fighter now, and I have one fight left in my contract. After this fight, I will see what I want to do,” he said. “I’m happy here, so after my next fight I will talk to my family, my manager and my team to see what’s best for the team. I don’t fear anything. That’s what life is all about. If you don’t risk, you can’t win. I don’t fear taking risks.”

WSOF has yet to announce his next opponent, and it could be 9-1-1 bantamweight Chris Gutierrez, who scored his seventh straight victory with a split decision over rising Russian talent Timur Valiev at WSOF 28.

“That’s up to the promotion to think and decide, be creative and ….View full article

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