Marlon Moraes is perhaps the top bantamweight in the world outside of the UFC.
He has made his home in the World Series of Fighting though since its doors opened in 2012, and has reigned as the promotion’s bantamweight champion since 2014.
It does not look like that is going to be changing anytime soon though as the 28-year-old decided to sign a new long-term deal with WSOF.
“You have to understand, I have a very good relationship with the World Series,” Moraes said on The MMA Hour (transcription via MMA Fighting). “And [WSOF owner] Uncle Bruce [Deific] knows me. He knows my wife. He’s knows her name. He’s knows my son, he knows my son’s name. It’s kind of hard when somebody takes you dinner, gives you a hug and explaining to you. He knows me, you know? He took me to a steakhouse, which is my favorite food. The meats keep coming, and I was eating very well. He knows me. He understands about my life, and I like the idea.
“[Deific] made an offer that I couldn’t refuse. I have a family. I have a beautiful wife and a beautiful son. I like to perform. He showed me the platform and the channel four and NBC, and it’s such a great promotion man. For me, we are the best promotion in the world. I couldn’t refuse. I felt like, man, I got to do this. I talked to my family, with my coaches, and especially my wife. And that was the decision. Keep fighting for the World Series of Fighting, keep performing, and fight everybody.
“Because in World Series, I can fight anybody. I can fight people from everywhere in the world, and people that we don’t know. In the UFC, they know who they’re going to fight. They know who’s doing well. The champion is worried about this guy and about guy. Man, I’m in a tough spot. Guys come from everywhere. Guys that we don’t know that do great, guys that have great records. This is what I’m looking for, I’m looking to fight with the best. I’m not going to choose opponents. I just want to be on the big stage and I want to perform.”
Moraes is scheduled to defend the title against Josenaldo Silva on WSOF’s New Year’s Eve show.