Unbeaten in nine of 10 fights since moving down to welterweight in the Octagon, with the only defeat coming by the hands of prospective 170-pound winner Kamaru Usman, Moraes contributes to action against Anthony Rocco Martin in UFC Wichita, expecting to make a spot in the top 15 of this division with a win Saturday.
The jiu jitsu specialist is coming off a second-round submission victory within Ben Saunders at September, also believes that not being as busy as he’d have preferred could be the main reason he’s maybe perhaps not at the top 1-5 yet.
After his remarkable massive triumph over Magny at 2013, Moraes was driven out from this cage for over a year after multiple traumas and cancelled fights with Zak Cummings, Sean Spencer, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Peter Sobotta and also Gasan Umalatov.
The Evolucao Thai fighter competed since 2015, moving 5-1-1 under the UFC banner. His plan is to struggle with four times during the next two months.
“I presume what’so missing may be that the UFC giving me fights,” Moraes explained. “It’s taking a long time between coNFLicts. I want to win this fight and fight at Rio back (UFC 237), get 1 fight after another to secure more rhythm. Folks find us ’re all the time. ”
“I only have this loss to Usman (as a welterweight), and we all have bad days,” he continued. “He’s no fool. I’m at the largest fight promotion in the world and only have one loss (in welterweight), therefore people better note that too. ”
For UFC 237, scheduled for May 11 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Moraes proposes a welterweight battle with Michael Chiesa, that “simply attracted to the division, therefore that I could ’t let him jump the line such as this [laughs]. ”
“he ’s tough guy who likes to grapple,” he also said of Martin, “But those who love to grapple usually decide with me to bang and stand. We’ll see. I believe he’ll decide to try something different. I’ve won and traded with strikes. I trust my coach Andre di-da to secure more comfortable in every area, however I could ’forget my roots, I could ’my belt throw off. ”