Marlon Moraes has given his take on the most recent matchup fought by his UFC 238 opponent, the flyweight king, Henry Cejudo.
Cejudo took on the former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in a fight for the flyweight title – one that saw the 135lb king make a brutal cut down to the 125lb.
All things considered, that cut did seem to have an effect on the Bang Muay Thai star.
When Cejudo was able to crack him and earn the TKO win within 30 seconds, many pointed to the lengths he was forced to push himself to in order to compete and the effect it had on his ability to take a shot.
With the former Olympic gold-medalist set to return in a fight for the vacant bantamweight title against Marlon Moraes, his opponent broke down The Messenger as an opponent.
Speaking in a recent interview MMAJunkie Radio, the UFC 238 headliner gave his thoughts on the flyweight champion Cejudo abilities and his last two outings.
“We all got holes and matchups make champions and I think Henry Cejudo is a great matchup for me. I’m very confident in all I see him doing in the cage. Of course, he beat a legend, Demetrious Johnson. He beat, in my opinion, another guy that can be a legend in the future – TJ Dillashaw, he’s a great martial artist.
“But we didn’t get to see much his last fight. I think TJ got what you need to beat Henry. I think it was a fluke, it was just a matter (of) day. That was Henry’s day. But I worked hard. I’m well prepared for this fight. And I don’t want no flukes. I’m going out there. Perform, perform well and win. And leave no doubt who’s the best 135-pounder now.”
Moraes has been nothing short of a sensation since joining the UFC after a long stint as the WSOF bantamweight champion.
After a debut against the perennial contender Raphael Assuncao that saw him drop a narrow split decision, he has been able to rack up four wins in a row, a run that established him as the undisputed top-contender to the throne.
With the recent controversies and subsequent stripping of the former champ Dillashaw, many have pointed to Moraes as the uncrowned king of the division.
Whether he can live up to that billing and take home gold on Saturday night remains to be seen.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena