Marlon Moraes has long been considered a top MMA bantamweight. At WSOF 32 last weekend, he did nothing to slow that talk, but spoke a big game himself about UFC Champion Dominick Cruz.
Following his second round KO of challenger Josh Hill, the World Series of Fighting Bantmweight Champion Moraes challenged Cruz, citing the fact that the UFC was under new management. Moraes wasn't shy about where he sees himself on the bantamweight food chain, either.
“I’m very happy,” Moraes said. “Today I showed everyone I’m the best 135-pounder in the world. UFC has new owner so let’s do new things. Me versus Dominick Cruz. Let’s do it.”
Moraes is now a free agent after fighting out his WSOF contract. After going 10-0 in the company and successfully defending his championship four times, there doesn't appear much to be left in the promotion for the 28-year old.
A consensus top-10 bantamweight in the world, Moraes had a rough start to his career, going 5-4-1, and hitting a stretch where he won only three of 8 fights. Since then, Moraes is unbeaten in twelve bouts in a row, including wins over Miguel Torres, Cody Bollinger, and Tyson Nam.