Marlon Moraes ends MMA retirement, signs with PFL for 2023 season


Marlon Moraes is back — and he has his eyes on a $1 million prize.

His manager Ali Abdelaziz informed MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin that the 34-year old former UFC competitor has signed a deal to participate in PFL’s 2023 Season. Moraes, a long-time bantamweight competitor, plans to compete at 145 weight for 2023 season of PFL.

The signing is a return home of sorts for Moraes (23-10-1), as the Brazilian knockout artist rose to prominence in the original iteration of PFL — World Series of Fighting — racking up an 11-0 record in the promotion and defending his WSOF bantamweight title five times.

Moraes announced his retirement from MMA this past April following a first-round knockout loss to Song Yadong at UFC Vegas 50, which pushed his UFC losing streak to four straight. Prior to that run, Moraes won five of his first seven UFC bouts, including a brutal 67-second knockout of current UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling in 2017.