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Former WSOF Champion Marlon Moraes makes octagon debut at UFC 212

Former WSOF Champion Marlon Moraes makes octagon debut at UFC 212

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Former World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes will make his octagon debut on June 3 at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil when he squares off with perennial 135-pound contender Raphael Assuncao. was first to report the news.

Marlon Moraes boasts a solid professional record of 18-4-1, and is currently riding a very impressive thirteen-fight win streak.

The 28-year-old was last seen in action this past December in New York, where he scored a first-round TKO victory (knee injury) over Josenaldo Silva at WSOF 34.

Moraes has scored finishes in thirteen of his eighteen career victories, including 8 knockouts and five submissions.

Meanwhile, Raphael Assuncao was most recently seen in action at January’s UFC on FOX event in Denver, where he scored a split-decision win over Aljamain Sterling.

Assuncao has now won eight of his past nine contests, with his lone loss in that time coming to former division champion TJ Dillashaw at this past July’s blockbuster UFC 200 event in Las Vegas.

UFC 212 takes place June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event is headlined by a featherweight title fight unification bout featuring current champ Jose Aldo squaring off with interim title holder Max Holloway.

Who do you think wins this bantamweight scrap between Moraes and Assuncao?

Faber vs. Assuncao Set To Headline Brazil Fight Card

Faber vs. Assuncao Set To Headline Brazil Fight Card

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)



According to a report from Brazilian news outlet Globo, a key bantamweight fight between Urijah Faber and Raphael Assuncao will headline March’s UFC Fight Night 62 event in Brazil.

UFC officials have yet to confirm the news but are expected to do so in the very near future.

Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber has gone 6-2 while fighting under the UFC banner. Both of the “California Kid’s” octagon losses have come to former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao. Faber is currently riding a 2-fight win streak, and a win over Assuncao will likely boost him back in to title contention.

Meanwhile, Raphael Assuncao will be looking to extend his already impressive win streak to eight when he faces Faber this March in Brazil. Assuncao was last seen in action this past October, where he scored a unanimous decision win over Bryan Caraway. Assuncao already holds a victory over current UFC bantamweight title holder T.J. Dillashaw.

UFC Fight Night 62 takes place March 21 live from Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event is expected to air live on FOX Sports 1.

Who do you have winning this key bantamweight showdown? Sound off Penn Nation!

“UFC Fight Night 54 MacDonald vs. Saffiedine” Results

“UFC Fight Night 54 MacDonald vs. Saffiedine” Results

By: Chris Taylor





The UFC capped off their second event of the day in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada yesterday evening.

The event, UFC Fight Night 54, was headlined by a welterweight fight featuring perennial contender Rory MacDonald taking on former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine.

In the co-main event, bantamweights Raphael Assuncao and Bryan Caraway will do battle, with the winner inching closer to a possible bantamweight title shot.

UFC Fight Night 54 Main Card:

  • Rory MacDonald defeats Tarec Saffiedine via TKO (punches) 1:28 of the third round
  • Raphael Assuncao defeats Bryan Caraway via decision (30-27. 30-27, 30-27)
  • Chad Laprise defeats Yosdenis Cedeno via decision (30-27. 30-27, 30-27)
  • Elias Theodorou defeats Bruno Santos via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Nordine Taleb defeats Li Jingliang via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Mitch Gagnon defeats Roman Salazar via submission (rear naked choke) 2:55 of the first round

UFC Fight Night 54 Prelims:

  • Daron Cruickshank defeats Anthony Njokuani via decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier defeats Jake Lindsey via submission (armbar) 3:22 of the second round
  • Paul Felder defeats Jason Saggo via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Chris Kelades defeats Patrick Holohan via decision  (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Albert Tumenov defeats Matt Dwyer via TKO (head kick and punches) 1:03 of the first round
  • Pedro Munhoz defeats Jerrod Sanders via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:39 of the first round

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