Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fans have long wondered how current World Series of Fighting (WSOF) bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes would fare inside of the Octagon. The Brazilian has racked off five-straight title defenses en route to a 11-0 record since joining WSOF in 2012. Well, UFC onlookers may finally get their wish in 2017, as Moraes’ manager, Ali Abdelaziz, recently shed light on his fighter’s ongoing contract talks with UFC and potential opponent in his debut.
“I believe Marlon is capable of beating any bantamweight in the world,” said Abdelaziz in a recent statement to MMA Junkie. “Jimmie [Rivera] needs a fight, and Marlon deserves to fight a top-ranked opponent if he signs with the UFC. This fight just makes sense.”
Abdelaziz added that he’d negotiate a meeting between the two to come fruition at UFC 210 on April 8 from Buffalo, New York.
Jimmie Rivera, 27, is one of the fastest rising contenders in the UFC bantamweight division. He hasn’t lost since 2008 and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Urijah Faber at UFC 203. Considering Rivera’s most recent bout fell apart at the last second, he could be looking for a fight as soon as possible.
As one of the most talented fighters competing outside of UFC, Moraes would be an excellent addition to a rising 135-pound weight class. Rivera is established enough and on a current win streak worthy of welcoming the 28-year-old champion to the mix.
Chris Weidman vs. Gegard Mousasi is the only fight currently announced for the Buffalo card.
Source:: mma mania