Time and time again Marlon Moraes has defied the toughest men in the bantamweight division the opportunity to taste victory and his fifth title defense just once again proved his rightful place amongst the MMA elite.

The round began with Josenaldo Silva eating a few of Moraes’ signature body kicks while looking to reply with damage himself. Unfortunately once the distance was closed, Silva found himself defending off his back from a Moraes takedown and the champion landing vicious strikes on top and furiously looking for a guillotine.

The two got back up to their feet with Silva backing the 135-lb king against the cage, but once they clashed with kicks, Silva fell to the ground surrendering. The fight ultimately stopped due to tapout from injury with Moraes retaining his bantamweight crown.

Bantamweight Title Fight: Marlon Moraes def. Josenaldo Silva via Tap Out (Injury), Rd. 1, 2:30

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