After finishing Marlon Moraes, Rob Font seeking toughest fights moving forward

Rob Font put the bantamweight division on notice when he stopped former title challenger Marlon Moraes.

After being out for a year due to injury, Font (18-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) returned in impressive fashion when he knocked out Moraes in the first round at UFC Fight Night 183.

The win marked Font’s biggest to date, landing him in the No. 10 spot of the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie bantamweight rankings. Having won his past three in a row, Font is looking to make a title run and said he is only targeting the upper echelon of the division.

“Obviously I’m happy with the ‘W,’ but it’s onto the next one,” Font told MMA Junkie. “It’s only going to get harder from here, so I’m already back in the gym trying to help Calvin (Kattar) get ready for his fight. So I enjoyed it, but I know there’s more to it.”

Just as he did on fight night, Font proceeded to call out former two-time 135-pound champ T.J. Dillashaw, who will be eligible to compete in January, after serving a two-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a failed drug test.

“He’s a former champion, so beating a guy like that, that has to say something,” Font said. “I know he’s looking for a fight. He’s not booked. Everybody else is booked, so it makes sense. It’ll be entertaining, so yeah, it’s definitely the fight to make.”

He continued, “This fight makes sense. I only want tough fights from here on out, and this is probably one of the toughest fights out there that realistically could be put together. This has nothing to do with the ‘W.’ I would have wanted this fight regardless of who I would have beat or how I won, so this is a great fight for the fans and gets me exactly where I need to be, and that’s close to that belt.”

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