The World Series of Fighting Gravy Train is no more, so the time has come for Marlon Moraes to show what he’s got in the Octagon. Theoretically, it should be a lot – he was a pretty dominant WSOF champ – but we’ll see how he does against the veteran Raphael Assuncao.
Round 1 opens with both men willing to strike – Moraes with his cutting kicks, Assuncao with his counterpunching. But speed and youth are two traits Moraes has over his foe, and much of the frame sees him land hooks at distance and answer Assuncao’s jabs with volume. However, the final ten seconds has Assuncao knock his head back with two right hands, and though Moraes shakes it off, you have to thing those affected the scorecards.
Those right hands never materialize for Assuncao in the second, though the willingness to engage – a stake out the center of the cage – are most certainly there. This time around, though, it’s Moraes’ turn to land hard – which he does, via a couple sneaky lefts and a kick to the body.
Despite getting kicked in the nuts for a third time, and getting dropped for a split-second with an overhand right, Moraes flexes his striking muscle with a spinning wheel-kick that wobbles Assuncao a little and some rights and lefts that finds their mark. Still, when the horn sounds, it remains a mystery as to who deserves the “W”.
Results: Raphael Assuncao def. Marlon Moraes via Split Decision