Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Moraes On Tap For UFC 245

It looks like Jose Aldo will indeed cut down to the bantamweight division to meet Marlon Moraes. Sources close to the situation told MMAJunkie that Aldo vs. Moraes is being targeted for UFC 245 on Dec. 14. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto later received conf…

It looks like Jose Aldo will indeed cut down to the bantamweight division to meet Marlon Moraes. Sources close to the situation told MMAJunkie that Aldo vs. Moraes is being targeted for UFC 245 on Dec. 14. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto later received confirmation from UFC president Dana White, Aldo’s lawyer Ana Guedes, and Moraes’ manager […]

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Jose Aldo To Face Marlon Moraes In Bantamweight Debut At UFC 245

It looks like Dana White will be letting Jose Aldo drop down to bantamweight after all. According to a report from ESPN, first reported by MMA Junkie, White has confirmed the former 145-pound kingpin will drop down to face Marlon Moraes at 135 pounds. The action will go down on the already stacked UFC 245 […]

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It looks like Dana White will be letting Jose Aldo drop down to bantamweight after all. According to a report from ESPN, first reported by MMA Junkie, White has confirmed the former 145-pound kingpin will drop down to face Marlon Moraes at 135 pounds.

The action will go down on the already stacked UFC 245 pay-per-view (PPV) card from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 14. Aldo recently had a two-fight win streak snapped when he was bested by Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 237 earlier this year. Now, he’ll drop down to bantamweight to try his hand against a former 135-pound title challenger.

Moraes had a four-fight win streak ended by Henry Cejudo at UFC 238, where the pair competed for the then-vacant bantamweight title. Cejudo finished Moraes in the third round via TKO. It will be interesting to see how the two Brazilian strikers fare against one another inside the Octagon.

UFC 245 Card

  • Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington
  • Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski
  • Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
  • Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Urijah Faber vs. Petr Yan
  • Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders
  • Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araujo
  • Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Punahele Sorian.

What do you think about a potential matchup between Aldo and Moraes at bantamweight?

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Marlon Moraes Says It ‘Makes Sense’ For Jose Aldo To Fight Him

Former UFC bantamweight title challenger Marlon Moraes still hopes to face Jose Aldo for his next outing. With the news of Aldo stating he wanted to move down and potentially face champion Henry Cejudo, Moraes laid out the challenge to face his fellow compatriot last month. Moraes last faced Cejudo in the main event of […]

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Former UFC bantamweight title challenger Marlon Moraes still hopes to face Jose Aldo for his next outing.

With the news of Aldo stating he wanted to move down and potentially face champion Henry Cejudo, Moraes laid out the challenge to face his fellow compatriot last month. Moraes last faced Cejudo in the main event of UFC 238 for the vacant bantamweight title.

Despite starting off promisingly, the Brazilian later gassed out with Cejudo later TKOing him to become a two-division champion. However, Moraes is past that defeat and is only looking to getting back in action as well as the win column.

And given his position in the rankings, he feels he is the perfect opponent to welcome Aldo into the division:

“It’s not like, ‘He’s the one calling out Aldo,’” Moraes told MMA Junkie. “It’s not like that. I have muito respect for Aldo. Aldo is a great fighter. What happened is, he wants to move down to 135. He’s a legend. If he fights once, everyone is going to say this guy has to fight for the belt. But I don’t think he deserves (that) fight now. And I don’t think Henry is ready now.

“I’m at the top, so it makes a lot of sense for him (to) move down and fight with me. I’m more than happy to welcome him to the division. I think we could put on a very good fight.”

That said, there are plenty of other fights that intrigue Moraes in what is becoming one of the most stacked and exciting divisions in the promotion:

“As a fighter and fan, the fans like to watch the best fighters fight each other,” Moraes added. “So if we’re at the top, we’re the best. The best have to fight the best.

“… It doesn’t matter where. He’s [Aldo] one of the names. I said (Urijah) Faber. There are so many other guys: Petr Yan. Cody (Garbrandt). There are so many guys that I can fight. There are many options. I’m willing to fight anybody.”

Who do you want to see Moraes face next? Does an Aldo matchup excite you?

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Marlon Moraes Targeting UFC 245 Return, Wants Jose Aldo

Marlon Moraes is targeting a return before the end of the year. And his ideal opponent is former featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Moraes last competed at UFC 238 for the vacant bantamweight title. However, he suffered a TKO defeat to Henry Cejudo in his first attempt at UFC gold. It’s been a couple of months […]

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Marlon Moraes is targeting a return before the end of the year. And his ideal opponent is former featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

Moraes last competed at UFC 238 for the vacant bantamweight title. However, he suffered a TKO defeat to Henry Cejudo in his first attempt at UFC gold. It’s been a couple of months since and “Magic” is now ready to return.

His ideal return date is UFC 245 which takes place December 14. And one potential opponent is Aldo, who recently signaled his intentions of moving down:

“I’ve been training and I want to start a camp,” Moraes said in an interview with Combate (via Bloody Elbow). “I hope I can fight on December 14, it would be a great date for me to fight. Let’s see what the UFC has planned. The Aldo fight is not only interesting for me. Jose is a legend of the sport, a featherweight champion. He has been talking about dropping to bantamweight and I’m the number one contender.

Nothing better than dropping a division and fighting the number one guy. He deserves it. Aldo shouldn’t have to fight 53 times before he can fight for the title. I think it would be a good opportunity for him to prove to the UFC he can really make the weight. And, if he wins, he would go straight to a title shot.”

However, Moraes is certainly open to other potential opponents. Petr Yan has laid an open challenge to anyone who wants to prove they’re better than him. There’s also the option of fighting legends like Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber:

“There are other guys, too, like Petr Yan, I’ve been meaning to fight him,” Moraes added. “There’s Dominick Cruz, who should be coming back by now, there’s Urijah Faber. Those are the guys I’ve been thinking about.”

Who do you want to see Moraes face next?

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Marlon Moraes Willing To Welcome Jose Aldo To Bantamweight Division

Marlon Moraes would like to welcome Jose Aldo to the 135-pound weight class. For years, Aldo ruled the roost at featherweight. While many have called for Aldo to ditch the tough weight cutting and move up to the lightweight division, he’s actuall…

Marlon Moraes would like to welcome Jose Aldo to the 135-pound weight class. For years, Aldo ruled the roost at featherweight. While many have called for Aldo to ditch the tough weight cutting and move up to the lightweight division, he’s actually expressed interest in competing at bantamweight. UFC president Dana White isn’t on board […]

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Ali Abdelaziz Explains How Urijah Faber Can Get Title Shot

Urijah Faber has called for a title shot after he beat Ricky Simon at UFC Sacramento. It was his first fight back in two-and-a-half years, and he came back in a big way by knocking out the prospect in just 46-seconds. Whether or not “The California Kid” deserves a title shot against Henry Cejudo is […]

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Urijah Faber has called for a title shot after he beat Ricky Simon at UFC Sacramento. It was his first fight back in two-and-a-half years, and he came back in a big way by knocking out the prospect in just 46-seconds.

Whether or not “The California Kid” deserves a title shot against Henry Cejudo is to be seen. But, the champ-champ’s manager in Ali Abdelaziz doesn’t believe Faber deserves a title shot and instead should fight Marlon Moraes next.

“Urijah you know he got an impressive win last week. But, we never really got to see Urijah. He is 40-years-old and is coming back,” Abdelaziz said to TMZ Sports (as transcribed by BJPENN). “This is a young man’s game but you can’t deny him. The guy has been around for a long time. But, if he really wants to fight Henry Cejudo, I have a proposal for him. If you want Henry Cejudo, you can’t be the number 15 guy and fight Henry. There are a lot of guys in line. You got Aljamain Sterling in line, Petr Yan in line, but the guy above them is Marlon Moraes. He has a number ahead of him, number one. Marlon Moraes is number one.

“I manage Marlon Moraes. If Urijah Faber would like to get a shot at Henry, he should fight Marlon. If he beats Marlon he guarantees himself a title shot, if he beats Marlon he would become number one, as it makes no sense having number 14 fight the champ. You have to earn your way up. Listen, if Urijah beats Marlon, he deserves it,” the manager continued. “Marlon is one of the best guys still in the division, he probably comes back and fights for a title soon. And I don’t know if this is really good for Urijah to fight Marlon but it is up to him. Marlon called him out, not disrespectful, everybody gives Urijah respect, he has paid his dues. But, as Henry said, he is always has been number two and now has a chance to fight number one and number one is Marlon.”

Whether or not Faber has any interest in that fight is unknown as it seems adamant he wants that title shot.

Do you agree with Ali Abdelaziz’s proposal to Urijah Faber?

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