Assuncao vs Moraes 2 : Assuncao and Moraes met in 2017 at UFC 212. That fight, which was a three-round contest, was won by Assuncao. Neither fighter has lost since that matchup and both are looking to secure a fight against champion T.J. Dillashaw.
The UFC is at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil for Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 2. In the main event of the streaming fight card, Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes meet in a bout that could determine the next challenger for the UFC bantamweight title.
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In the evening’s co-main event, future UFC Hall of Famer Jose Aldo looks to continue his winning ways when he faces the surging Renato Moicano. Aldo, the former long-reigning featherweight champion, is 2-3 in his past five fights and coming off a knockout win over Jeremy Stephens. Moicano has won his past two contests and enters the octagon on the strength of a submission win over Cub Swanson.
Following the main event, the UFC will hold the post-fight press conference for the fight card. The competitors from the main event, as well as other main card fighters, are expected to spend some time with the media after the headline bout ends.
The headliner comes in the bantamweight division, where Marlon Moraes looks to even things up with a win over Raphael Assuncao in a showdown that could decide the next 135-pound title challenger. The co-main comes in the featherweight division, with former champ Jose Aldo taking on Renato Moicano.
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Since their first go-round at UFC 212, a split decision win for Assuncao, Moraes (21-5-1) has kept himself in the win column, smashing and trashing Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera in the process. Similarly, Assuncao (27-5) has put together another pair of wins, including a scintillating knockout victory over Matthew Lopez at UFC Fight Night 120 roughly one year back.
That backfire in Brooklyn made things a little complicated. When the bantamweight champion loses to the flyweight champion, it’s an unnatural set-up for whatever is to come. Cejudo came away looking like a stud at the UFC on ESPN show, and has bragging rights; Dillashaw lost some shine heading into his next title defense, making himself a hard sell for his next title defense.
Pairing them again is the best resolution, if the most digressive, which sucks for the other bantams who are vying for a shot. As for Assunção and Moraes, two hopefuls who are right at the cusp of title shots but find themselves at the mercy of the matchmaker’s ongoing dilemma?