Marlon Moraes has retired from MMA.
On Wednesday, John Morgan of The Underground reported that Moraes has retired from the sport of MMA. Moraes put out a written statement thanking everyone.
“I want to thank everyone — Sean Shelby, Dana White and the UFC for giving me so many opportunities,” Moraes said in a statement released by his manager, Ali Abdelaziz. “I wanna thank my family, my coaches, my manager, everybody who has been around and been part of my career. I’m still gonna be around the sport helping young guys and helping my friends.
“I also want to thank Mark Henry, Ricardo Almeida, Frankie Edgar and Anderson França.”
During his tenure with the World Series of Fighting, the Brazilian made his name, going 11-0 with seven finishes. He won the inaugural WSOF bantamweight championship against Josh Rettinghouse in 2014 and defended the belt five times before signing with the UFC.
Moraes would make his UFC debut at UFC 212 in 2017 but would lose a split decision to Raphael Assuncao. He later rematched Assuncao and finished him in the first round. After losing his UFC debut, Moraes would rattle off four wins and challenge Henry Cejudo for the vacant UFC bantamweight championship. The Brazilian would have a dominant first round against Cejudo at UFC 238; however, he would gas out and get finished in the third round.
End of his career
The downfall for Moraes in the UFC would start soon after UFC 238. First, he would win a razor-thin split decision over Jose Aldo at UFC 245, and then he would lose four straight, getting knocked out in all of them.
During his career with the UFC, he received three Performance of the Night bonuses and headlined three fight cards.
His career ends with a 23-10-1 record with 16 finishes.