Adriano Moraes, former ONE Championship flyweight champ, to test free agent market

Adriano Moraes, former ONE Championship flyweight champ, to test free agent market

Adriano Moraes set to fulfill his pipe dream of getting a shot at being signed by the UFC after his final fight with ONE Championship in Yangon, Myanmar this weekend.

Adriano Moraes has his eyes set for a shot in the UFC, as the former ONE Championship flyweight titleholder sets to test the market following what could be his last fight under the Asia-Pacific mixed martial arts banner.

According to MMA Fighting, “Mikinho” said that he no longer feels the brunt of losing the flyweight belt to Kairat Akhmetov, who was initially booked for him in ONE: Union of Warriors in Yangon, Myanmar.

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Instead, he will face Filipino contender Eugene Toquero — who may well be a potential challenger for the title should he leave the promotion.

“I was stuck in the promotion, but now I’m signing one-fight contracts,” said Moraes. “I don’t have the championship clause anymore, so I can look at other promotions. I like to fight. I don’t think I lost that fight (against Kairat Akhmetov), I have no idea how they scored it for him, but that doesn’t bother me anymore. I’m living a new moment in my life.”

“I’m in the market, I’m after big fights. There are a lot of fighters in other promotions that I would absolutely like to fight. I’m not the ONE FC champion anymore, and God knows what’s best for me. I’m in the market. After this fight, I’m here to play,” Moraes continued.

The dream scenario for the 26-year old Moraes would be a crack at joining the UFC, where he says that he will face a lot of big matches in the world’s top MMA organization.

“I’m not talking about money or business, but a dream. The UFC would give me big battles and great opponents. That would absolutely be an option I would have to think about.”

Photo courtesy: ONE Championship

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