Tape rankings @ Bantamweight
Who won Moraes vs Song?
Yadong Song beat Marlon Moraes by , during the co-main event of UFC Fight Night, on Saturday 12th March 2022 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Yadong Song.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
Moraes vs Song stats
Marlon Moraes stepped into the ring with a record of 23 wins, 9 loses and 1 draw, 10 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 6 by submission.
Yadong Song made his way to the ring with a record of 18 wins, 5 loses and 1 draw, with 7 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Moraes had a slight advantage in power over Song, with a 43% knock out percentage over Song's 39%.
Marlon Moraes was the older man by 10 years, at 34 years old.
Song had a height advantage of 2 inches over Moraes. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Moraes was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 9 more fights, and made his debut in 2007, 15 year and 2 months later than Song, whose first professional fight was in . He had fought 4 more professional rounds, 65 to Song's 61.
Moraes vs Song form
Marlon Moraes had beaten 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 266 on 4th September 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Rob Font at UFC Vegas 17 on 19th December 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that 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.
Before that, he had won against 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.
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.
Song had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Julio Arce at UFC Vegas 42 on 13th November 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Casey Kenney at UFC 265 on 7th August 2021 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Toyota Center, Houston.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Marlon Vera at UFC Fight Night Jacksonville on 16th May 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville.
Before that, he had drawn with Cody Stamann at UFC on ESPN 7 on 7th December 2019 by majority draw in their 3 round contest at Capital One Arena, Washington D.C..
He had won against Vince Morales at UFC Fight Night 141 on 24th November 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Cadillac Arena, Beijing, China.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Marlon Moraes had been fighting more than Yadong Song.
Going to this contest, Marlon Moraes had last fought 9 months and 20 days ago, while Yadong Song's last outing had been 7 months and 11 days ago.
Moraes' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.
Song's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 7 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.