In the end, Marlon Moraes wanted two things: A suitable contract for his talents, and a promoter that truly believed in what he had to offer.
As it turns out, he didn’t have to go very far to obtain either.
“I got such a nice treatment from WSOF,” Moraes told MMAjunkie. “We had a good meeting, they really showed that they like me and how much they wanted me to be on this December 31 event — as an athlete, as everything. The guys know my family, my son, my wife, they know their names.
“It was a difficult decision, I’ll confess, but it wasn’t what I’d thought — they didn’t try too hard, they just said the truth and I agreed with them in many things and decided to take this bet and try this path.”
While some believed the UFC had a solid chance of adding another elite bantamweight to its already stacked roster, Moraes says returning to WSOF was the best choice for him and his family.
“We took this time to listen to other offers and check out the market,” Moraes said. “Many things are happening in MMA, in other events, a lot of changes, so right now I think it was the best decision. We thought about it for a while.
“I think we made the best decision to stay with WSOF, and take part in this grandiose event. I thought about my family, as well, and the opportunity of staying at a good event, making good money and with people who trust me, who really want to have me.”