Current World Series Of Fighting bantamweight Champion Marlon Moraes re-signed with the promotion earlier this month, ending the speculation of where the bantamweight star would go next.
Moraes recently appeared on The MMA Hour, where he talked about what lead to his decision to re-sign with the promotion he has called home for many years now.
"You have to understand, I have a very good relationship with the World Series," he said. "And [WSOF owner] Uncle Bruce [Deific] knows me. He knows my wife. He’s knows her name. He’s knows my son, he knows my son’s name. It’s kind of hard when somebody takes you dinner, gives you a hug and explaining to you. He knows me, you know? He took me to a steakhouse, which is my favorite food. The meats keep coming, and I was eating very well. He knows me. He understands about my life, and I like the idea."
Moraes also said when the offer came in from the WSOF, it was too good to be true.
"[Deific] made an offer that I couldn’t refuse," he said. "I have a family. I have a beautiful wife and a beautiful son. I like to perform. He showed me the platform and the channel four and NBC, and it’s such a great promotion man. For me, we are the best promotion in the world. I couldn’t refuse. I felt like, man, I got to do this. I talked to my family, with my coaches, and especially my wife. And that was the decision. Keep fighting for the World Series of Fighting, keep performing, and fight everybody. Because in World Series, I can fight anybody. I can fight people from everywhere in the world, and people that we don’t know. In the UFC, they know who they’re going to fight. They know who’s doing well. The champion is worried about this guy and about guy. Man, I’m in a tough spot. Guys come from everywhere. Guys that we don’t know that do great, guys that have great records. This is what I’m looking for, I’m looking to fight with the best. I’m not going to choose opponents. I just want to be on the big stage and I want to perform."
Moraes will be defending his bantamweight title at the WSOF 34, which takes place on Saturday, December 31st from The Theater At Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Justin Gaethje and Joao Zeferino headlining.