UFC on Fox 9: John Moraga Gets Bounce-Back Opportunity After Failed Flyweight Title Shot

By Rick LaFitte
John Moraga
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Recent UFC flyweight title challenger John Moraga hopes to battle back from adversity when he tangles with Darren Uyenoyama at UFC on Fox 9 in December. The aggressive Moraga was simply outclassed in his title opportunity against Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson at UFC on Fox 8. Moraga just didn’t have the answers for the extremely slick, speedy champion and was eventually submitted in the fifth and final round of that fight.

The loss snapped a seven-fight win streak that had included victories in the Octagon against Ulysses Gomez and Chris Cariaso. The Cariaso victory at UFC 155 earned him a Submission of the Night bonus. Moraga knows that he can’t afford another setback if he wants to remain relevant in the 125-pound weight division. Moraga is an impressive 13 and 2 in his career with the only other loss coming to another former title challenger in John Dodson and maintains a No. 4 ranking in the UFC’s official top-10.

Uyenoyama is in a similar mindset as Moraga in needing a victory to get his career back on the right path. After an impressive flyweight division debut against Phil Harris where he secured a second-round submission victory, it all came crashing down against Joseph Benavidez. To be fair, Benavidez has been blitzing all of his opponents as of late, but Uyenoyama was completely overwhelmed in losing via second round knockout. He now sits at number 10 in the UFC rankings.

With Benavidez and Johnson set to meet in a title rematch at the Ultimate Fighter Season 18 finale on November 30th, the division is certainly in need of other contenders to make favorable impressions with UFC matchmakers.

With more well-known fighters Scott Jorgensen and Ian McCall set to tangle in another key flyweight matchup on the same UFC on FOX 9 card in Sacramento, both Moraga and Uyenoyama will have to put their best foot forward on December 14 or wind up being left behind when it comes to possible future title challengers.

Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports

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