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Morning Report: Marlon Moraes calls out Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt, Garbrandt responds

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This weekend, the UFC will crown a new bantamweight champion when Petr Yan and Jose Aldo lock horns at UFC 251 on ‘Fight Island’. Unfortunately for one man, that leaves him out in the cold and it sounds like he’s not happy with the situation.

Top contender Marlon Moraes is currently the No. 1-ranked bantamweight in the world and is coming off a split decision win over Jose Aldo at UFC 245. But despite beating Aldo, it is the former two-time featherweight champion (and current sixth-ranked bantamweight) who is getting a shot at the vacant title. Even worse for Moraes though, is that he’s been stuck sitting idly by on the sidelines while the rest of the division moves on.

Since Moraes last competed, Aljamain Sterling staked his claim for the next title shot with a demolition of fifth-ranked Cory Sandhagen, and Cody Garbrandt rekindled some of the old magic that made him champion when he turned in a KO of the Year candidate over Raphael Assuncao. Both men have designs on the bantamweight title, creating a logjam at the top of the division, and Moraes’ lack of fight to reinsert himself in that conversation is starting to frustrate him.

Taking to Instagram recently, Moraes vented his frustrations with the other 135 contenders and called out two former bantamweight champions, Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz, for fights.

“I’m not the best making excuses!” Moraes wrote. “I was taught to say yes for every challenge. Get the F.. in the Ring and Fight. Enough is enough thats names available and they all saying No. what’s up? (Cody Garbrandt) fastest hands in all roster etc etc why No ??? (Dominick Cruz) best bantamweight all the time etc etc why no???”

“Am I wrong???? Would you watch these fights?”

Cruz, who most recently lost his own bantamweight title big against Henry Cejudo, failed to respond; however, Garbrandt was quick to reply, saying that he agree to fight in October.

Prior to his KO of Assuncao last month, Garbrandt had lost three straight in the division, all by knockout. The win over Assuncao vaulted “No Love” back up the rankings and should Moraes and Garbrandt fight, the winner would certainly be on the short list to face the winner of Yan-Aldo.


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VIDEO STEW

Reaction to Gilbert Burns being out.

This post-fight video from Poirier-Hooker is wild. These guys don’t get paid enough.

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Max at Fight Island.

How good was Ken Shamrock, actually?

Free fight.


LISTEN UP

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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Hell of a promo.

Ready to go.

Seal of approval.

Salty.

LOL.

Kinda makes you wonder why the UFC didn’t just pay Masvidal in the first place.

Rumors.

Lost revenue.

Throwing shade.

Seems like Tony is interested.

Wolverine.

Fight poster.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Kamaru Usman (16-1) vs. Jorge Masvidal (35-12); UFC 251, July 11.

Modestas Bukauskas (10-2) vs. Andreas Michailidis (12-3); UFC Fight Night, July 15.

Aaron Phillips (12-3) vs. Jack Shore (12-0); UFC Fight Night, July 15.

Carla Esparza (16-6) vs. Marina Rodriguez (12-0-2); UFC Fight Night, July 25.

Nicolas Dalby (18-3-1) vs. Jesse Ronson (21-10); UFC Fight Night, July 25.

Luke Sanders (13-3) vs. Chris Gutierrez (15-3-1); UFC Fight Night, Aug. 1.

Frankie Saenz (12-6) vs. Jonathan Martinez (11-3); UFC Fight Night, Aug. 1.

Peter Barrett (11-3) vs. Steve Garcia (11-4); UFC Fight Night, Aug. 8.


FINAL THOUGHTS

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