Sergio Moraes defeated late replacement opponent Davi Ramos by decision at UFC Fight Night 106.
With that victory behind him, only a top 10 opponent would be acceptable for Moraes.
“I haven’t lost in the division,” Moraes said after the event. “My only UFC loss was ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ finale against (Cezar) Mutante, fighting at middleweight, when I was a jiu-jitsu fighter just learning MMA. I think I deserve this. I have fought a guy who’s up there in the top 10 (Neil Magny), who I submitted (at UFC 163, with a triangle choke), and I deserve a top-10 (opponent) in a scheduled, certain fight. And that he doesn’t get hurt in the last week. Because I’ll take the fight if they send someone else, but that’s bad. I want to fight the guy I’ve been matched up against.”
Moraes has now earned a total of six wins in the UFC. Although he earned the decision over Ramos, it wasn’t exactly a great performance in Moraes’ mind.
“I wanted to put on a better performance for the fans, like I said I would, but there’s the factor that my fight changed one week out,” Moraes said. “I was training for a guy with a totally different body type, a totally different game, and suddenly he gets injured, and I get a guy who’s as good as I am on the ground. And I have to worry about the fight going to the ground, as well, and not get it there carelessly, because there was a risk, (with) a tight position I’d have to tap, or he’d have to tap.”
Ramos was making his UFC debut that night as well.