Marlon Moraes Sees “Opening” in Cory Sandhagen’s Game
By FCF Staff
Following Cory Sandhangen’s quick defeat to Aljamain Sterling this past June, Marlon Moraes is confident he can finish the contender standing or on the ground.
Moraes and Sandhagen are booked to fight in the headliner of UFC Fight Island 5 today, which is taking place in Abu Dhabi. It will mark the first time Sandhagen has fought, since Sterling submitted him in less than two minutes at UFC 250.
While talking about today’s fight recently with MMA Fighting, Moraes (23-6-1) had this to say about Sandhagen (12-2).
“This is a MMA fight and it can end anywhere,” said Moraes. “I’m ready to fight him everywhere. We know there was this opening there and it might happen again. I’m ready to grapple or strike with him.”
Moraes, meanwhile, will be fighting for the first time since he scored a split decision win over Jose Aldo. Since the bout was extremely competitive, Aldo, and not Moraes, was tapped to fight Petr Yan for the vacant title in July. Yan stopped the legend in round five.
So, while discussing whether he believes he can lock up a title shot today, Moraes said this.
“You can’t know for sure. I just want to go there, win and convince. [The] future belongs to the UFC, [and] what I want is to go there and leave my mark.
“I’m up there, I’m in the mix. I’ll fight, and everything depends on your last performance. I’ll have an opportunity and I’m the one that makes the call, the way I fight and my performance next Saturday [will determine] what happens with my career.”
The 32-year-old Moraes is currently ranked #1 in the UFC’s bantamweight division. The 28-year-old Sandhagen is ranked #4.