Sodiq Yusuff includes got just 1 fight under the UFC banner, but a quick knock out win over Suman Mokhtarian at December — and a decision over Mike Davis at the Contender Series — has been enough to put him onto a lengthy list of featherweights to watch in 2019.
”” I presume he’s a really aggressive athlete, comes forward all the time,” Moraes told MMA Fighting. “However every time I’ve confronted somebody such as that in my life, as my muaythai days, I had good results — plus it won’t even be different this time around. I’m much even prepared today. You’ll watch a great performance from Sheymon Moraes on Saturday night. ”
Moraes has defeated the likes of Luis Palomino, Robbie Peralta and Pedro Nobre prior to linking the UFC at 2017. During his MMA career, the Niteroi indigenous has just experienced defeats against top-ranked fighters Marlon Moraes and Zabit Magomedsharipov.
Yusuff, on the flip side, brings an 8-1 professional album with five knockouts finishes. In his only MMA defeat, “Super” lost a Titan hamilton academical title bout to Luis Gomez by first-round stoppage.
”nobody struggles the identical manner all the time,” Moraes said. “Sometimes you’re not really on a great day, so we must wait patiently and see exactly what he has to supply, however I’m prepared for all. I’m confident and ready. I honor my rival and also can ’t even moan since he hits hard, but let’so win another one.
”Every single time I close my eyes that I watch my hands increased in the end, therefore … I don’t even understand how exactly it ’s gonna-be, knock out, submission or perhaps even a decision because I don’t possess a crystal ball, however I trained very difficult. I never dedicated a lot of, never felt so prepared and happy for a fight such as this moment, and also you ’ll view my hands increased in the end. ”
The main different beforehand of UFC Philadelphia is ldquo;enjoyment ”, the Brazilian said. Between his last World collection of penalizing bout and his UFC debut, a lengthy stretch of 17 months, Moraes coped with many issues beyond the cage.
Throughout a hard fought battle to become discharged from WSOF, Moraes had to obtain another job for your very first time in his life, driving lots of miles every afternoon as a Lyft motorist at California, which gave him a herniated disc.
After dropping Magomedsharipov and travel back to Brazil to recoup, Moraes moved back into Los Angeles and lived at the fitness center for four months before his very first UFC win gave him enough money to finally rent a place to call home together with his unborn son.
”My life I’ve just trained, and when I had some problems with other promotion I’d to do things to survive, and that hurt me,” Moraes said. “I even had herniated disc for driving so much, however ’s previously. You have moments in your life you need to proceed through to believe and evolve. I was able to go through that and now I’damn better, living a different phase in my life, enjoying being a daddy. One step at a time, evolving and becoming better every day. ”
Moraes’ prep for UFC Philadelphia was ldquo;the best camp potential,” he also clarified. “I’m physically, mentally and spiritually, and I believe you’ll all see the best of Sheymon inside the Octagon. I must be happy all the time, yet this time around I’m joyful, motivated. I feel challenged by this opponent, a new, tough guy, so that I feel motivated to evolve and become a better athlete. ”
UFC Philadelphia happens at the Wells Fargo Center and airs live on ESPN.