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As two of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Top 11-ranked competitors at 135 pounds, Marlon Moraes and Rob Font will seek to provide further clarity for the bantamweight division when they collide in a pivotal UFC Fight Night 183 battle this Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Anchored at the star-studded American Top Team camp, Moraes has rattled off five wins across his last seven appearances. However, he finds himself on the rebound following a technical knockout loss to Cory Sandhagen at UFC Fight Night 179 on Oct. 10. Font, meanwhile, enters the cage on the strength of back-to-back victories over Sergio Pettis and Ricky Simon. The Mark DellaGrotte protégé has compiled a 7-3 record since he linked arms with the UFC in 2014.
As Moraes and Font approach their high-stakes affair, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
32: Years of age for Moraes, who was born on April 26, 1988 in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, roughly 85 miles from Rio de Janeiro.
1,011: Days spent by Moraes as World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion. Lightweight Justin Gaethje (1,196) was the only fighter to enjoy a longer title reign with the promotion.
10: Moraes victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 43% of his career total (23). His list of victims includes Jimmie Rivera, Aljamain Sterling, Josh Hill, Carson Beebe and Tyson Nam. Moraes owns six other wins by submission.
3: Sub-minute finishes to Moraes’ credit. He punched out Jarrod Card in 47 seconds at Xtreme Fighting Championships 17 on April 13, 2012, wiped out Beebe with punches in 32 seconds at WSOF 6 on Oct. 26, 2013 and felled Rivera with a head kick in 33 seconds at UFC Fight Night 131 on June 1, 2018.
.733: Cumulative winning percentage between the seven men—Sandhagen, Alexandre Pinheiro, Zeilton Rodrigues, Ralph Acosta, Deividas Taurosevicius, Raphael Assuncao and Henry Cejudo—who have defeated Moraes. They own a combined record of 110-40.
33: Years of age for Font, who was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, on June 25, 1987. “The Witches of Eastwick,” “Predator,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “The Untouchables,” and “Roxanne” were the Top 5 movies at the domestic box office at the time.
4: Font victories by submission, providing him with 24% of his professional total. His methods of choice: two rear-naked chokes, one guillotine choke and one brabo choke. Font owns seven other wins by knockout or technical knockout.
43: Seconds needed for Font to punch out Thane Stimson at a Reality Fighting event on June 2, 2012. Having occurred in the Team Sityodtong product’s third appearance as a pro, it remains the fastest finish of his 21-fight career.
100: Combined victories between the four men who have beaten Font. Assuncao, Pedro Munhoz, John Lineker and Desmond Green hold a cumulative winning percentage of .769.
5: Knockdowns landed by Font as a UFC bantamweight, tying him with Munhoz and Urijah Faber for fifth-most on the promotion’s active list at 135 pounds. They trail Dillashaw (nine), Cody Garbrandt (nine), Eddie Wineland (eight) and Petr Yan (eight).
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