UFC bantamweight contender Marlon Moraes made a massive statement on Friday night in Utica by knocking out Jimmie Rivera in 33 seconds into the first round.
Rivera hadn’t lost a fight since 2008, and Moraes put him away in mere seconds into the first round, uncorking a huge head kick after a very short feeling out process.
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The Brazilian, who trains with the likes of Frankie Edgar in New Jersey, called for a title shot after the emphatic win, and it’s pretty hard to deny him after Friday.
Moraes had dispatched Aljamain Sterling in similar fashion in his last fight, that one going to 66 seconds into round one.
UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will be defending the belt in a rematch against former champ Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227 in August, but Moraes should certainly be next in line for the winner of that fight.