Two of the top Bantamweights in the UFC will do battle once again in a premier main event rematch.
No. 3 ranked Raphael Assuncão will take on No. 4 ranked Marlon Moraes for the second time at UFC Fight Night 144 in Fortaleza, Brazil. MMA Fighting confirmed the pairing Thursday following an initial report by ESPN. The rematch between Assuncao and Moraes has not yet been officially signed, but that is the fight planned.
The two men faced off first at UFC 212. Assuncão beat Moraes, who was making his UFC debut, by way of split decision. Moraes has since declared that he was robbed in this bout and believes he had done enough to earn the victory.
Assuncão (27-5, 11-2 in UFC) is currently on a four-fight winning streak. Chief names among them are Rob Font, Aljamain Sterling, and the aforementioned Marlon Moraes. All these victories came by way of judges decision. Of Rafael’s 11 wins in the Octagon, eight have come by way of judges decision.
Moraes (21-5-1, 3-1 in UFC) is a former World Series of Fighting Bantamweight champion. A title he defended a company record five times. Moraes is currently on a three-fight winning streak that includes two knockout victories over both Aljamain Sterling and most recently Jimmie Rivera in the main event of UFC Fight Night 131 earlier this Spring. Of Moraes’ 21 victories, 10 have come by way of knockout.
UFC Fight Night 144 takes place on Feb. 2 at the Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil. It will stream on ESPN+.