One of the best bantamweights in the world is about to become one of the most coveted free agents in the world.
World Series of Fighting champion Marlon Moraes put an exclamation point on the final fight of his WSOF deal at WSOF 32, defending his title with a spectacular head kick knockout of Josh Hill to extend his perfect 10-0 record in WSOF. Moraes now moves into free agency as one of the hottest bantamweight prospects to hit the open market of the past several years, and where he lands could have major implications on the 135-pound landscape moving forward.
“Show me the money,” Moraes’ head coach, Mark Henry, said Monday on The MMA Hour. “Who’s going to show what we believe Marlon is worth? Marlon, man, he’s amazing fighter, but it also has to do with, WSOF has been so great to him. They’re such a great group over there. Ray Sefo and those guys have treated Marlon and the rest of us so well. I’m sure he’ll have to listen to them, what they have to say, because they’ve just treated him great.
“But at the end of it all, maybe five, six, seven years ago when [Moraes] was a single kid, UFC would probably be the thing. But now he has the wife and kids, and what’s the difference between WSOF and UFC? It’s what, maybe 20,000 more Instagram followers and maybe your name on MMA Fighting a little more, and that’s about it at the end. Other than that, the kid needs to take care of his family first.”
Moraes, 28, is the closest thing to a homegrown star WSOF has, along with lightweight champion Justin Gaethje. He debuted on the inaugural WSOF show in 2012 as a raw prospect with a mediocre 7-4-1 ….View full article
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