Most observers would agree that Marlon Moraes is one of the top bantamweights on the planet, and recently the World Series of Fighting champ weighed in on his UFC counterpart, TJ Dillashaw.
Moraes is set to fight late replacement Cody Bollinger tonight at WSOF 13, in what will now be 147 pound catch-weight affair. Recently, the Brazilian fighter spoke to MMA Fighting.com about his own position in the world’s bantamweight ranks, and naturally, the UFC champ.
When asked how he would fare agains the renowned, Team Alpha Male fighter, Moraes stated:
“(TJ Dillashaw) is a good fighter, but I see a lot of holes in his game,” Moraes said. “Anything can happen. It’s a five-round fight,and I see holes in his game, as I know I have holes in my game. But we won’t know for sure until we get in there to fight.”
“I see Barao as a better fighter than (Dillashaw), but he mixes his boxing and wrestling up pretty well and it’s confusing,” Moraes furthered. “You have to stop him from moving around. He did a good fight against (Joe) Soto, but I don’t know if he would have beaten Barao in that fight. Barao is way more well-rounded and stronger than Soto.”
That’s an interesting take. Moraes also argued that the UFC’s 135 title won’t be staying in the United States “for too long”, before citing bantamweights like Barao, Raphael Assuncao, Iuri Alcantara, Eduardo Dantas and himself, as men who could return it to Brazil.
Now if you haven’t seen Moraes fight, then you should quickly take steps to change that. The 26 year-old fighter is currently riding a seven fight winning streak, which includes victories over vets like Tyson Nam, Miguel Torres, and Carson Beebe.
While there is something to the argument that Moraes hasn’t fought ‘the best-of-the-best’ to date, those who’ve seen him throw down know that he’s a gifted fighter. Particularly in the stand-up and finishing department.
WSOF 13 will take place at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Moraes was originally scheduled to fight Josh Hill in the headliner, however, he went down with an injury last week.
Due to the short notice, Bollinger was booked for a non-title, 140 pound catchweight fight with Moraes. Since Bollinger came in at 147 yesterday, however, the fight’s weight has changed.