A defeated Moraes believes that the referee may have jumped in a little early in his bout against Sandhagen.
“He kind of catch me with a kick and bloodied my eye a little bit and right after he surprised me,” Moraes said on the UFC Fight Island 5 post-fight show (via Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie). “He didn’t come this way, he came the other way and that’s it. Probably a little early stoppage, but whatever. I thought I was (able to continue) but the ref just jumped on me. I didn’t have enough time to get up.”
Moraes has now won just one of his last three under the UFC banner, with that lone win coming over Jose Aldo at UFC 245. The fighter is now planning the next step in his career and that would be to get another fight in by the end of the year.
“I just want to go home and get another fight,” Moraes said. “I want to be busy. That’s a long time no fights. Hopefully I can get another one by December.”