Since coming over to the UFC from World Series of Fighting, Marlon Moraes has had his eyes on the bantamweight title, and for much of that time, that title was held by T.J. Dillashaw. After suffering a setback in his promotional debut, Moraes has gone on to win four in a row and it appeared a title fight against Dillashaw was next, until Dillashaw relinquished his title after failing a USADA test for EPO. Now, Moraes is set to face flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for the vacant 135-pound belt but he can’t pretend like he’s not disappointed with the situation.
“We are all disappointed,” Moraes told MMANews recently. “It was a fairy tale. We don’t know if he’s really that good of a fighter. It’s hard cause every time we get into camp, we want to get into shape, we want to get our conditioning good and this guy he wasn’t worried at all about that. If he was cheating now, he was cheating before.
“He goes on the media and tries to say he’s giving up the belt. I think he was just trying to trick the fans but at the end of the day, what happened? They suspended him and I’m nobody to judge him but now he’s going to have to pay for what he did.”
Dillashaw is paying. After relinquishing his title before he could be stripped, Dillashaw accepted a two-year suspension from USADA for his EPO failure. While not a lifetime ban, it is still one of the harsher penalties levied against a fighter in recent years. But Moraes still thinks it is not enough.
“Two years is not enough,” Moraes said. “It’s not enough for what he does, it was really serious, that’s my opinion.”
EPO is used to stimulate red blood cell growth for improved cardiovascular abilities. It has historically shown up in endurance competitions, most notably cycling. EPO requires a special test to be detected though and, until recently, USADA had not been performing that on all samples collected. As a result, Moraes believes that’s Dillashaw’s entire career should be put into question, because he most likely was doping the whole time.
“He was cheating the system and that wasn’t the first time,” Moraes said. “That wasn’t the first time he was going to do it now with USADA all over everyone. Before, USADA wasn’t even around and I believe he was doing it before.”
Moraes doesn’t have much time to dwell on Dillashaw’s failure. The former WSOF star gets his first chance for UFC gold this summer, when takes on Henry Cejudo at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago, Ill.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
That’s not what interim means...
Machida:— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) April 24, 2019
....of his MIND if he thinks he can bang w/the— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) April 24, 2019
I’m 100% in . See you soon— Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) April 24, 2019
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First and foremost, I would like to thank my friends, family, and all of my fans for their continued support during this difficult period in my life. As you all know, USADA was unable to locate the source of my contamination. I will continue to remain diligent in my responsibilities to USADA and the UFC. I would like to acknowledge Donna Marcolini and Jeff Novitzky with the UFC for their assistance in this process. This suspension has further inspired me to work even harder of achieving my goals in the UFC. I hope to make my return this summer. #ufc #yeegonicco #warriorspirit #nativepride #wmma #fighter #nevergiveup #followyourbliss
On the come up.
Check out the ONE Global Headquarters in 2018 on the left, and the ONE Global Headquarters in 2013 on the right.— Chatri Sityodtong (@yodchatri) April 17, 2019
Don’t tell me dreams are impossible. Greatness lives in all of us, but nothing happens without love, hard work, risk, and grit. Chase your greatness. #WeAreONE pic.twitter.com/iep4ot2IGT
I’m freeeeee . July 6th I’m busting someone up .— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) April 23, 2019
That is unfortunate.
Mike Perry gonna Mike Perry.
Can we use curse words on espn+ since it’s like a paid subscription cuz I got some shit to say to a few bitch ass BUMBOCLOT BATIMON ?— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) April 25, 2019
Don’t say Damien Brown isn’t trying to fight. Dude calls out anyone.
I'm glad bunch of guys wants to fight me , contact the right persons in charge and sign the contract I'll take anybody #UFCOttawa— Nordine Taleb (@TNT83MMA) April 25, 2019
The right people have been contacted. Anybody, really do you mean that or is it just the cool thing to say... https://t.co/iGmor2vAV1— Damien Brown (@beatdown155) April 25, 2019
Dude don't even try me on Twitter, get in contact with the right people and make it happen— Nordine Taleb (@TNT83MMA) April 25, 2019
I told you I’ve contacted them. Just tell them yes and I’ll get on the plane. See you next week...!— Damien Brown (@beatdown155) April 25, 2019
Woah woah woah ease up on the resurrection talk but yes I know you’re willing and I’m sure if Rizin send you a contract we can make this bad boy happen. #violence is beautiful in Japan— Damien Brown (@beatdown155) April 24, 2019
P.S solid bounce back last year from the UFC release pal
@beatdown155 you can't have your cake and eat it too. Don't worry it will be beautiful for the Japanese fans. They'll love what happans.— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) April 24, 2019
Ps. Thanks, but @rizin_PR 16 will be the bounce back.
What's up @rizin_PR I miss the cheer and applause of the Japanese fans. https://t.co/pe1FXDBMd4
Javier Mendez has been traveling through Dagestan with Khabib and the crew. I recommend checking out his Instagram if you’re interested.
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Some pictures from yesterday spending time in Khabib’s Village from the huge Eagles Gift he received to spending some time at his friends restaurant where they breed Sturgeon for caviar to visiting his sparring partners Cousin Brown Bear. @khabib_nurmagomedov asked I wanted to spar with Brown ♂️ I kinda let him know that I had a bad back all of a sudden & I couldn’t get hurt & then I wouldn’t be able to train @umar_nurmagomedov and some of the other Fighters later #family #warriors #sendmelocation
TJ getting to work early on the redemption narrative.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2004: Fedor Emelianenko submitted Mark Coleman with an armbar at Pride FC Total Elimination 2004, kicking off the Pride 2004 heavyweight grand prix. Also that evening, Kevin Randleman famously knocked out Mirko Cro Cop.
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