Last night, on the main card of the UFC’s anticipated debut in Fresno, California, former World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes stepped into the cage to battle long-time contender Aljamain Sterling.
Since joining the UFC roster, Moraes has looked good, but not great, losing a close decision to Raphael Assuncao before winning a close decision over John Dodson. Last night, that changed, as he authored an absolutely hellacious knockout of Sterling.
This KO, which went down in the first round, occurred as Sterling overreached for a takedown. With expert timing, Moraes planted a knee on his foe’s face, lulling him to sleep in an instant for a perfect, walk-off finish.
Unsurprisingly, Marlon Moraes’ incredible knockout win generated lots of excitement among the MMA community.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/12/2017.