Raphael Assuncao, Marlon Moraes agree to rematch in UFC on ESPN+ 2 headliner

Two of the UFC’s top bantamweight contenders will rematch in February’s UFC on ESPN+ 2 headliner when Raphael Assuncao runs it back with Marlon Moraes.

MMAjunkie today confirmed with two people close to the situation that a second fight between Moraes (21-5-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Assuncao (27-5 MMA, 11-2 UFC) has been agreed to. The people requested anonymity because the UFC has yet to make an official announcement. ESPN.com first reported that the bout was close to being finalized.

UFC on ESPN+ 2 takes place Feb. 2 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil. The event streams on ESPN+ following prelims likely on UFC Fight Pass, though broadcast plans haven’t been finalized.

Assuncao, No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, earned a split-decision victory over No. 5 Moraes at UFC 212 in June 2017. The narrow triumph was part of an 11-1 run for Assuncao, 36, who has only lost to current UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw during that stretch.

Former WSOF champ Moraes had a 12-fight winning streak that was stopped by Assuncao but has rebounded strong with a first-round knockout of Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling, as well as a decision win over John Dodson.

With the addition of the headliner, the latest UFC on ESPN+ 2 card now includes:

  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Thiago Alves vs. Max Griffin

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 2, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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