Marlon Moraes Comments on Loss, Believes Stoppage Was “a Little Early”
By FCF Staff
Marlon Moraes is looking for a quick, turn around fight, following his pivotal loss to Cory Sandhagen on Saturday.
Moraes faced the bantamweight contender in the headliner for UFC Fight Island 5, and was stopped by Sandhagen in round two. The latter sent Moraes to the deck with a spinning heel kick and as he followed up with strikes, refereee Marc Goddard jumped in.
While talking about the fight’s conclusion with ESPN afterward, Moraes said this (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“He kind of catch me with a kick and bloodied my eye a little bit and right after he surprised me,” Moraes said. “He didn’t come this way, he came the other way and that’s it. Probably a little early stoppage, but whatever. I thought I was (able to continue) but the ref just jumped on me. I didn’t have enough time to get up.”
“I just got caught,” Moraes said. “He catch me. I was doing good the first round, it was a good fight. I was very excited for this fight. … Unfortunately, I got caught. I caught a lot of guys before, but that was my day.”
The loss was the second for Moraes in his last three fights, as last June, he was stopped by now former bantamweight champ, Henry Cejudo.
When asked about his hopes for the near future, the 32-year-old Moraes relayed he wants to fight again before the year is up.
“I just want to go home and get another fight,” Moraes said. “I want to be busy. That’s a long time no fights. Hopefully I can get another one by December.”
Following Saturday’s loss, Moraes is carrying a record of 23-7-1. Sandhagen moved his record to 13-2 with the win.