The 30-year-old former World Series of Fighting champion submitted Raphael Assuncao having a breathtaking first-round guillotine at the main event of UFC Fortaleza on Saturday night, avenging his previous 20 17 split decision loss to Assuncao in pivotal fashion. The triumph gave Moraes 17 of his last 18 complete and successes in four straight contests, and he wasted little time making the most of his moment.
Moraes (22-5-1) steamrolled through Assuncao at a little over three minutes, however the fight may have actually become the easiest aspect of fight week for Moraes.
Moraes said another longtime friend and training partner, Eddie Alvarez, played an essential role in his own revenge win against Assuncao, which began with a hard right hook which wobbled the veteran before Moraes worked his way to a nasty guillotine choke.
“Last week, [Assuncao] and I would throw one and one, respectively, also it was a fight to learn who won,” Moraes said. “And our game plan [now ] was to have a greater level of strikes and also to strike him only a little bit more. But throughout this week, my training partner Eddie Alvarez, he’s a great friend that I have and he was watching a lot of videos from that fight, from that first fight, and he noticed that a large part of the times when he struck me was when I attacked him. So this week, we talked about that and we shifted it a bit.
Following his triumph, Moraes stands as the straightforward No. 1 competitor at the UFC’s bantamweight division, but it’s cloudy if he’ll obtain yourself a title opportunity because of the recent super-fight between 135-pound champion T.J. Dillashaw and flyweight king Henry Cejudo.
Moraes, though, isn’t concerned.