Tape rankings @ Bantamweight
Who won Moraes vs Assunção?
Marlon Moraes beat Raphael Assuncao by submission in the 1st round, during the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 2, on Saturday 2nd February 2019 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
Moraes vs Assunção stats
Marlon Moraes stepped into the ring with a record of 21 wins, 5 loses and 1 draw, 10 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 by submission.
Raphael Assuncao made his way to the ring with a record of 27 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 4 of those wins by knock out and 10 by submission.
The stats suggested Moraes had a massive power advantage over Assuncao, boasting at 48% knock out percentage over Assuncao's 15%.
Marlon Moraes was the younger man by 6 years, at 33 years old.
Moraes had a height advantage of 1 inch over Assuncao. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Moraes was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 5 less fights, and made his debut in 2007, 3 year and 2 months later than Assuncao, whose first professional fight was in 2004. He had fought 17 less professional rounds, 63 to Assuncao's 80.
Moraes vs Assunção form
Moraes had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Cory Sandhagen at UFC Fight Island 5 on 10th October 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had beat Jose Aldo at UFC 245 on 14th December 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Henry Cejudo at UFC 238 on 8th June 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at United Center, Chicago.
Before that, he had won against Raphael Assuncao at UFC on ESPN+ 2 on 2nd February 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste, Fortaleza, Brazil.
He had beat Jimmie Rivera at UFC Fight Night 131 on 1st June 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Adirondack Bank Center, Utica, United States.
Moraes' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 3 months and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
Assuncao's last 3 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 2 months and 8 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 8 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.3 rounds on average.