By all rights, Marlon Moraes could be justified in being upset with the best way the UFC title image has shaken out over the previous few months.
It was Moraes who was first handed over in favor of Jose Aldo for the subsequent shot at bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo, this regardless of defeating Aldo by cut up resolution 4 months in the past. Then, when Aldo was faraway from that reserving attributable to journey restrictions applied in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was not Moraes who was pegged as his substitute however two-time UFC champion Dominick Cruz. Cejudo now defends his title in opposition to Cruz at UFC 249 on Could 9.
Moraes nonetheless disagrees with the preliminary choice of Aldo, however in terms of Cruz he’s extra understanding of the matchmakers’ resolution.
“To be sincere with you, I see with Aldo I didn’t prefer it, as a result of I see Petr Yan, I see Cory Sandhagen, I see [Aljamain] Sterling, there’s guys on the market,” Moraes mentioned throughout a latest look on the What the Heck present. “These guys, they need to be combating. Aldo simply misplaced a battle. It was a detailed battle, I feel I gained, however you realize, you don’t get a title shot coming off a loss. Sterling has streak, Sandhagen has streak, and Petr Yan has been spectacular currently, so a type of guys ought to get it they usually didn’t.
“However Dominick Cruz, he’s on the market, he’s figuring out, the man’s been damage perpetually. He did rather a lot for the game, he did rather a lot for the division, and he simply can’t get going, he can’t keep wholesome. At this level, they in all probability thought let’s do Sterling, however Sterling is damage. And let’s do Petr Yan, he’s overseas, he can’t get right here in a month, he wants somewhat bit extra time, I feel he solely can get right here in June, that is what I feel. Dominick Cruz in all probability raised his hand and mentioned he’ll battle him and who would say no?
“Dominick Cruz is a giant title, I feel it’s good for the division to have him again. ‘He will get damage,’ and this and that, okay, man. I’m a giant fan of Dominick Cruz, I feel he deserves something on this sport and in the event that they’re giving him a battle for the title, hopefully he make it. Possibly it’s his final one, we don’t know. He’s at all times damage, we by no means know, and if he’s wholesome now, he mentioned sure, he signed the contract, let’s make it occur. Who’s not gonna watch this battle? I’m gonna watch.”
Moraes (23-6-1) has gained 5 of his final six fights, with the lone loss occurring in opposition to Cejudo final June in a battle for the vacant bantamweight belt. He rebounded with a slim win over Aldo and together with the remainder of the division then waited for Cejudo’s subsequent opponent to be named.
Cejudo overtly campaigned to battle Aldo, which Moraes sees as the principle motive for why the matchup was made.
“To get a battle carried out you simply have to have two guys and the principle man proper there may be Henry,” Moraes mentioned. “Henry is the champion and Henry needs to battle him, that’s why he received the title shot. He didn’t get the title shot as a result of he’s Aldo, he didn’t get the title shot due to his complete resume, due to Dana, he received the title shot as a result of Henry see behind this battle a variety of issues that Aldo was bringing in, that Aldo’s a legend and every part else.
“However to be sincere, he doesn’t deserve. I feel there’s different guys on the market that deserve this battle greater than he did.”
Cejudo and Aldo have been presupposed to battle at UFC 250, which was the unique occasion set for Could 9. It was to happen in Sao Paulo, Brazil earlier than the UFC was pressured to reshuffle its schedule and as an alternative make UFC 249 the Could 9 occasion in Jacksonville, Fla.
Moraes hails from Brazil and presently fights out of Florida, however he didn’t fret over the missed alternative even because the bantamweight title battle saved altering. Although he’s presently anticipated to battle Petr Yan on June 13, Moraes made certain to let his supervisor Ali Abdelaziz (who additionally manages Cejudo) know that he’s staying prepared for UFC 249 if he’s wanted.
“I wasn’t anticipating to be subsequent,” Moraes mentioned. “There’s guys within the line and me, I’m not gonna hold begging. However, after all, I referred to as Ali and I mentioned, ‘Ali, if something occur battle week, two weeks to the battle, you’ll be able to allow them to know I can battle, I could make weight. I’m coaching and I’m by no means gonna let the UFC down.’
“In the event that they ever name me and in the event that they ever assume I deserve a battle, I’m right here. I’m combating. I’ll battle Henry or I’ll battle Cruz if I’ve to. If something occur to that battle, I can prepare and I can battle.”