“It kind of sucked for me because I had a fight,” began the soft-spoken Brazilian, who returns to action against Cory Sandhagen in this weekend’s main event. “I was supposed to fight in June, against Petr Yan, one of the top guys in the division, and this whole pandemic plays out and I end up losing my fight.”

With then-champion Henry Cejudo penciled in to face former bantamweight kingpin Jose Aldo at UFC 250 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the predicted June pairing among Moraes and Yan regarded destined to decide the No. 1 contender withinside the 135-pound weight class.

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But then COVID-19 pressured the postponement of numerous occasions and adjusted the complexion of numerous others. In the midst of having the whole lot re-aligned, Aldo turned into pressured out of his pairing with Cejudo and changed via way of means of former champ Dominick Cruz. After Cejudo dispatched “The Dominator” withinside the second-spherical in their co-fundamental occasion showdown at UFC 249, Cejudo greatly surprised the MMA global via way of means of saying his retirement, growing a emptiness atop the division.


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