In just a couple short years, Marlon Moraes has gone from relative unknown to one of the premier fighters in the 135-pound weight class.
After establishing himself in the World Series of Fighting as one of their best athletes, Moraes took the next step in his career by capturing the promotion’s bantamweight title last year, following that win with his first title defense a few months later.
“My first victory with Josh (Rettinghouse), I was a little cautious because it was a five-round fight and it was my first one, so I felt like I could do a little bit more,” said Moraes. “Josh was one of the best opponents I’ve ever had. Josh is a talented guy and people are going to hear about him a lot.
“In my second fight with Cody Bollinger, he was bigger than me and was supposed to be the best grappler and wrestler I had faced, and I did well. I felt my wrestling was there and my ground game was up and I ended up finishing him.”
“Josh Hill is a tough guy,” said Moraes. “The biggest thing about him is his toughness. He can fight everywhere: he’s good on the feet and can fight on the ground and has good wrestling.
“I’m looking forward to going out there and showing people the best Marlon that they have ever seen after all the hard work and training camp I’ve been doing the last month.”
Moraes told MMAWeekly.com that he’s not worried about travelling to Hill’s backyard for the fight.
“I’m looking forward to going to Canada and different countries and showing a different crowd how good I am,” said Moraes. “The main thing for me is to go out there, do my best, and bring my belt back. Once the cage door locks, it’s just me and him; outside the cage doesn’t do anything (to change that).”
While he’s conquered the WSOF 135-pound ranks, Moraes now wants to prove to the world in 2015 that he’s one of the best fighters in his weight class in any promotion.
“My goal for this year is to beat everybody they put in front of me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to whoever they have.
“I would say I’m in the Top 5 bantamweights in the world. It’s good that people know me and know that I’m here. I’m training hard to face the best guys in the world.”