Marlon Moraes fell short in his bid for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight gold.
Last night (June 8), Moraes went one-on-one with flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for the vacant 135-pound title. The bout headlined UFC 238. Despite a strong start for Moraes, the pressure of Cejudo became too much for “Magic” to handle. Moraes faded, while Cejudo kept attacking leading to the third-round TKO finish.
Moraes Talks UFC 238 Loss To Cejudo
Moraes spoke to reporters during the UFC 238 post-fight press conference. He discussed what went wrong (via MMAJunkie.com):
“I just messed up. I got out of the game plan, and that’s what happened. I just did what I shouldn’t do. In the fight, he hit me, I hit him back, and we started to brawl a little bit. That was one of the biggest things on the game plan from my coaches – don’t brawl, you’re faster. Just throw the combinations and don’t overload the punches. (But) that’s what I did, and I paid for it.”
This is Moraes’ first loss since June 2017 and the first time he’s been stopped since Nov. 2011. Peep the homepage of MMA News if you missed any of the action from UFC 238. We’ve got results, highlights, and post-fight tidbits.