Longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight contender, Raphael Assuncao, defeated Marlon Moraes by way of split decision when they went to war at the UFC 212 pay-per-view (PPV) event back in June 2017.
But not everyone agreed with the decision.
That’s why Assuncao and Moraes are expected to run it back in the UFC Fortaleza headliner on Feb. 2 in Brazil, according to ESPN, a five-round affair that is likely to air on ESPN+, based on the new schedule the promotion released earlier this month (see it).
Since their first go-round, Assuncao (27-5) has put together another pair of wins, including a scintillating knockout victory over Matthew Lopez at UFC Fight Night 120 roughly one year back. Similarly, Moraes (21-5-1) has kept himself in the win column, smashing and trashing Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera in the process.
The winner could be next in line for a 135-pound title shot.
No other bouts have been finalized for the UFC Fortaleza event; however, you can expect that to change in the coming weeks, if not days.