top of page

Marlon Moraes signs deal with PFL, ends retirement

Marlon Moraes has ended his retirement sooner than everyone expected. According to his manager Ali Abdelaziz, the 34-year-old former UFC championship contender has signed a contract with PFL to compete in the promotion's 2023 campaign. Moraes, a former bantamweight, intends to compete at 145 pounds.

Moraes is the third UFC veteran to sign a contract to compete in the 2023 PFL season, following Shane Burgos and Thiago Santos.

Moraes went 11-0 in the World Series of Fighting, where he won the Bantamweight title and successfully defended it five times, before signing with the UFC in 2017.

Following MMAX Investment Partners' 2017 acquisition and restructuring of the WSOF, the World Series of Fighting is currently known as the PFL.

Aljamain Sterling, the current UFC bantamweight champion, and Jose Aldo, the former WEC and UFC featherweight champion, were the victims of Moraes' biggest victories in his UFC career.

Following a first-round knockout loss to Song Yadong at UFC Vegas 50, which extended his UFC losing run to four straight, Moraes declared his retirement from mixed martial arts in April of last year.

What do you guys think? Is it a decision based on the money PFL are offering or Moraes has reignited the fire inside of him to once again compete with the top dogs and prove a point? Let us know in the comments.


bottom of page