Marlon Moraes was last seen in action in the main event of UFC Fight Night Fortaleza, defeating Raphael Assuncao in their rematch via first round submission.
The bantamweight contender, who has won four straight in the UFC, says his body of work should be enough to warrant a title shot.
“I think I’ve done enough,” Moraes said to MMA Fighting. “Everybody wants to fight one day for the title, but people don’t want to take the hard way. I took the hardest possible way. I signed with the UFC, and fought Assuncao. He was number 3. Then I fought John Dodson, nobody wanted to fight him because he was coming on strong in the division. He’s a guy that finished Dillashaw before, and I took that fight and won. I fought [Aljamain]Sterling, he was top five, [Jimmie] Rivera, top five. And then Raphael again, top three. I’ve fought all the guys at the top. It’s time to have my chance now.”
Moraes says the UFC should get away from being the Dillashaw Promotion and give him the title shot.
“The UFC runs a business,” he says. “It’s not the Dillashaw Promotion. The UFC has to think about their own. Even Dana said when he was promoting my fight with Assuncao, this fight’s going to get a clear cut contender for the 135-pound division, and now he has a clear cut [contender]. And man, come on, ‘I want to go down, I want to go up, I want to stay, I want to do this and that,’ come on. He’s the champion. He has to do what the fans want to see, and he has to do what the UFC wants him to do.”