Marlon Moraes is making a new and meaningful start in The Professional Fighters League.
For many years Marlon Moraes was at the top of the UFC bantamweight division. He has been in many wars and has fought some of the best men to have ever stepped foot in the Octagon. After five years with the organization, Moraes decided he was ready to walk away. He announced his retirement from MMA in April 2022. That retirement did not last too long and now Moraes is back and ready to get into the cage once again. He has signed with PFL and has his first bout with them is coming up soon.
Moraes will be taking on fellow UFC alumni Shane Burgos at PFL 10 on Nov. 25 during the pay-per-view portion of the PFL Championships. In the leadup to that bout, Moraes participated in a media day to answer some questions about the transition from the UFC to PFL.
“I know the people behind the Professional Fighters League, they bleed, they were fighters, and they are people that respect their fighters. Not just their champions, but anyone that stepped in there. I know Ray [Sefo], and all the crew, they respect them because Ray competes,” he told the media “You know, Ray was a professional fighter. For many of us, he was like a big name. For me, I was always a big fan of him. And that’s what’s driving me. You know, I want to compete for that guy. I want to compete for that team. And I want to represent the Professional Fighters League. Do what I love for who I love.”
Marlon Moraes is happy with his decision to join the PFL after his UFC departure
Moraes is not just here for a one-off or to reclaim some glory that he might be missing, he is fully invested in his new organization. For PFL, Moreas will be moving up to the featherweight division and plans to compete several times next year and be a participant in the PFL season.
“That’s why I’m here. I don’t want to do one fight. I’m here to test myself, on the whole season. I want to put on four fights in a year. That’s my biggest advantage. These guys are killing each other, each other like cutting weight like crazy. I’m not suffering at all. I’m gonna go home now eat whatever I want, of course, I’m gonna eat healthy, but I can eat as much as I can. And I have a fight in four weeks,” he said. “Man, four weeks for 135 pounds. I was gonna go home eat some grass.”
Feeling rejuvenated and fresh coming into the bout Moreas is more than ready for Burgos. It will be a brand new start for him as he looks to leave his UFC career behind, including his last four losses.