If the first fight between Marlon Moraes and Raphael Assuncao in 2017 was lacking action and considered too close to call definitively for either fighter, their rematch at UFC Fortaleza left no doubt whatsoever.
Moraes was able to drop Assuncao with a pair of right hands, and then on the ground he secured a mounted guillotine choke and was able to get Assuncao to tap out. That’s surely the type of performance that should get him the next crack at T.J. Dillashaw’s bantamweight title. Of course, Dillashaw could be fighting Henry Cejudo next, but at 135 lbs, so we’ll see what happens.
Watch highlights of the finish in these clips:
Round 1 - Low kick from Moraes. Assuncao with a right. Jab. Assuncao spins. Double jab from Moraes. Moraes feinting well, and lands a stiff jab. Moraes just misses with an uppercut, then drops Assuncao with two rights! He jumps into Assuncao’s guard but gets locked down. Assuncao is cut over the eye. Moraes postures up with big shots. He looks for a guillotine. He rolls into mount with it and Assuncao taps! Give this man a title shot!
Marlon Moraes defeated Raphael Assuncao via submission (guillotine choke), round 1
Assuncao loses at bantamweight for just the second time in his career, while Moraes has won his fourth straight fight, with his last three coming by stoppage.