If you look at the spectrum of fighters in the bantamweight division across MMA, there are few who possess the skill and talent of Marlon Moraes. Though his opponents are not up to par with those in the UFC, it cannot be denied that he is among the most talented the division has to offer.
Moraes, who is now 4-0 in the World Series of Fighting, will be the WSOF bantamweight champion before it’s all said and done. His destruction over Carson Beebe proved that. In less than five minutes, Moraes finished Beebe via knockout, and he was accurate and explosive in doing so.
Moraes’ signature victory will be over Miguel Torres as long as he is in WSOF, but his skill set can only improve. He looked timid against Torres, but has looked unstoppable against all other comers. He made Tyson Nam, the man who beat Eduardo Dantas, look like an amateur. Brandon Hempleman and Beebe never stood a chance.
At only 25 years of age, Moraes still has time to develop into an even greater fighter. We haven’t seen much of his ground game, but his stand-up has looked flawless. His stand-up has looked equal to the likes of Eddie Wineland or Brad Pickett, but faster. By the time he is in his late 20s or early 30s, Moraes will be more like Jose Aldo if he stays on course. Everyone saw what he did to Hempleman’s leg, which was reminiscent to Aldo vs. Urijah Faber.
Unless Moraes sticks to the organization that gave him his start, he will eventually find himself in the UFC before his career is over.