With his second straight victory over a notable opponent, Marlon Moraes' stock has never been higher. But don't expect the bantamweight prospect to leave the upstart World Series of Fighting promotion anytime soon.
"Right now I would not consider any (other contract) offers," Moraes told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps
) after a head-kick knockout of Tyson Nam at Saturday's WSOF 2 event. "I am contracted with World Series of Fighting for at least one more fight. And I'm thinking of renewing my contract. I'm very happy with them. I hope they renew my contract."
Moraes (10-4-1) also upset former WEC champion Miguel Torres before his win over Nam (12-5), which came on Saturday's NBC Sports Network-televised WSOF 2 main card at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey.
The split-decision victory over Torres put Moraes on the map in November. But the win over Nam, who had upset Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas at Shooto Brazil 33 this past year, proves it was no fluke. He's won four straight fights, the past two on national TV, and he's arguably the best bantamweight under the WSOF banner.
So why not parlay that exposure into a deal with an organization such as the UFC or Bellator, which features many of the world's top 135-pounders?
"I am very happy with World Series of Fighting," he said. "I hope to keep fighting for them. It doesn't bother me to be with them. For me, this is a dream come true, to be fighting on cards featuring Danillo Villefort, Paulo Filho, Gesias Cavalcante, guys whom I used to sit at home and watch as a child. I am very happy to be here. I want to remain here."