Time certainly appears to be of the essence for Marlon
Moraes in the unsparing
Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight division.
American Top Team-trained Brazilian will attempt to nail down
his first win in more than two years when he confronts Yadong Song
UFC Fight Night 203 co-main event on March 12 at the UFC Apex
in Las Vegas. Moraes enters the cage on a career-worst three-fight
losing streak. He last appeared at UFC 266, where he succumbed to
punches from Merab
Dvalishvili in the second round of their Sept. 25 encounter.
Song, meanwhile, carries some momentum after back-to-back
victories. He last competed on Nov. 13, when he brought down
Arce with a head kick and follow-up punches in the second round
of their UFC Fight Night 197 pairing.
As Moraes and Song move ever closer to their pivotal battle at 135
pounds, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to
33: Years of age for Moraes, who was born on April
26, 1988 in Nova Friburgo, Brazil.
10: Moraes victories by knockout or technical
knockout, accounting for 43% of his career total (23). His list of
victims includes Jimmie
Sterling, Josh Hill,
Beebe and Tyson Nam.
Moraes owns six other victories by decision and seven more by
1,011: Days spent by Moraes as undisputed
World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion. He captured the
title with a five-round unanimous decision over Josh
Rettinghouse in the WSOF 9 co-feature on March 29, 2014,
successfully defended it on five different occasions and vacated
his throne to sign with the UFC on Jan. 3, 2017.
32: Seconds needed for Moraes to wipe out Beebe
with punches at WSOF 6 in October 2013. Having occurred more than
eight years ago, it remains the fastest finish of his 33-fight
.735: Cumulative winning percentage between the
nine men—Dvalishvili, Rob Font,
Rodrigues and Alexandre
Pinheiro—who have defeated Moraes. They sport a combined record
24: Years of age for Song, who was born in
Heilongjiang, China, on Dec. 2, 1997.
7: Song wins by knockout or technical knockout,
accounting for 39% of his career total (18). In addition to Arce,
his list of victims includes Alejandro
Arantes and Rae Yoon
Ok. Song holds three other wins by submission and eight more by
6: First-round finishes on the Song resume, with
two of them having taken place inside the Octagon. He submitted
Khandare with a guillotine choke in 4:16 at UFC Fight Night 122
on Nov. 25, 2017 and punched out the aforementioned Perez in 2:04
at UFC 239 on July 6, 2019.
55: Significant strikes by which Song has
outlanded the opposition during his current two-fight winning
streak. He has connected on 146 such strikes against Arce and
Kenney while absorbing only 91 of them in return.
80: Combined victories between the five
Moljo and Xian Ji—who have
beaten Song. They boast a cumulative .667 winning percentage