In a bantamweight battle on the main card of UFC Fight Night 183, Marlon Moraes will take on Rob Font Saturday in Las Vegas and available on ESPN+.
The 32-year-old Moraes heads into Saturday’s bout with a professional fighting record of 23-7-1, and is ranked third at bantamweight. This is his second UFC fight in 2020. “Magic” Moraes last fought in October at UFC Fight Night 179, where he lost to Cory Sandhagen in Round 2 by technical knockout.
Moraes’ last win happened about a year ago at UFC 245 against Jose Aldo. In that fight he defeated Aldo in Round 3 by unanimous decision. The 5-foot-6 fighter lands a significant amount of strikes per minute at 3.43, but has a striking accuracy of 38 percent. At the same time, Moraes also absorbs 3.91 strikes per minute, while he defends against them at 53 percent.
Moraes can also grapple when needed with a 0.64 takedown average per 15 minutes. But his accuracy isn’t the greatest at 33 percent. The 32-year-old’s takedown defense is at 66 percent, while his submission average per 15 minutes is 0.4.
Font enters the UFC APEX with a professional fighting record of 17-4 and is ranked 11th at bantamweight. The 33-year-old from Massachusetts will be fighting in his first UFC match this year. In his last bout at UFC on ESPN 7 in December 2019, he defeated Ricky Simon in Round 3 by unanimous decision.
Before that contest he received another unanimous decision win in December 2018 at UFC on Fox 31. Font has racked up 5.11 strikes landed per minute with 41 percent accuracy. But unlike Moraes, he absorbs fewer strikes at 3.89 per minute, and only defends them at 63 percent.
When it comes to grappling, the Boston native has a 1.25 takedown average, with an accuracy of 36 percent. Font’s takedown defense is at 50 percent, while his submission average per 15 minutes is 0.8.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Marlon Moraes vs. Rob Font at UFC Fight Night on December 19th.
Money line odds
Marlon Moraes: -148
Rob Font: +120
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