Marlon Moraes Upbeat for WSOF Future, Prepping for Aug. 1 Title Defense

When bantamweight Marlon Moraes made his World Series of Fighting debut in November 2012 against former WEC champion Miguel Torres, many felt he’d put on a good fight but few knew it would be the beginnings of something special.

Since his win over Torres, Moraes has gone undefeated in the company and has claimed their 135-pound championship and established himself as one of the best fighters in the world.

Celebrating Moraes’ accomplishments, as well as those of other WSOF champions, the promotion will air a two-hour special entitled “WSOF Unstoppable: The Road Ahead” on NBC on Saturday, July 11.

“I think this was awesome for me,” Moraes said of the special. “It will show the Marlon Moraes who is not in the cage, but the one who is outside: talking, joking and having fun. It shows some knowledge of the game also.

“(Light-heavyweight champion) David Branch was there, (hosts) Bas Rutten and Renzo Gracie were there also, and anytime these guys want me, I’ll be there.”

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Moraes feels that not only will the special be good for his own exposure, but for the WSOF itself as well.

“They’re trying to build the promotion, and this is how we do it,” said Moraes. “We go out there, we show who we are, and you guys are going to be able to see some of the great fighters they have with WSOF.”

Being part of the NBC special was not the only reason Moraes was in the news of late. He also signed a new multi-fight contract with the WSOF that will keep him with the company for the foreseeable future.

“They are showing a lot of respect for me and they are showing that they really appreciate what I’m doing for them,” said Moraes. “Right now, my main goal is to keep fighting for the WSOF and keep doing what I’m doing.

Moraes vs Bolinger WSOF 13“I want to show everybody that we belong. We are a great promotion. We are here, and we’re not better or worse than anybody, we are just different.”

Moraes has no time to relax following the exposure from the special, as he’s currently in training for his upcoming title defense against Sheymon da Silva Moraes on Aug. 1 in Las Vegas.

“This is why I moved to New Jersey to join Frankie Edgar, Mark Henry and Ricardo Almeida,” said Moraes. “Here they do what I’ve never been doing my whole career. I like to train, I enjoy doing this sport, and I want to get better – and to do that, you’ve got to train hard.

“I want to thank Ali (Abdel-Aziz), Ray (Sefo), and everybody with the WSOF for recognizing my value. I’m working hard and I’ll be going out there Aug. 1 to show everybody why they are doing so much for me.”

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