FORTALEZA, Brazil — Sergio Moraes remains unbeaten as a welterweight inside the Octagon, but is still hoping to face someone ranked in his division.
The jiu-jitsu ace, who had his opponent changed in four of his last five bouts in the UFC, defeated short-notice replacement Davi Ramos via decision at the UFC Fight Night 106 card in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Unhappy with the boos at the end of the fight, Moraes says it was hard to adapt his training when Ramos replaced Max Griffin.
"I was training for someone with a completely different body type and completely different fighting style, and he gets hurt and all of a sudden someone with a ground game as good as mine steps in,” Moraes said after the win. "It’s complicated. I followed my strategy my corner told me and won, but it wasn’t a show. Fighting a newcomer is tough because he’s watching you fight but you’re not watching him.”
Moraes is 6-0-1 as a 170-pounder inside the Octagon, including a first-round submission win over Neil Magny, and feels he deserves to be booked against someone at the top.
"I’m a UFC fighter and will fight whoever they tell, but I’m undefeated in this division, my only loss in the UFC was to (Cezar Ferreira) ’Mutante’ at the TUF Brazil middleweight final, when I was just a jiu-jitsu fighter,” he said. "I deserve it. I’ve fought a guy that it’s in the top 10 and submitted him. I deserve a top 10. A complete training camp, and someone that doesn’t get hurt a week away from the fight [laughs].”
Moraes won’t call out anyone specifically, and he explains why.
"I want to fight a top 10. It’s easy for (the UFC) now,” Moraes said. "If I ask for an specific name, that's harder. I’m saying any top 10. Pick a name and I’ll accept it."
"If I could choose I’d fight the champion,” he continued. "I’m in this division to fight the champion, not the No. 2 or the No. 3. But I know I’m far from that yet. I have to get past a top 10 and a top 5, and I’ll do that. I’m undefeated in this division. I’m asking for a fight against a top 10. Give me one."