Sheymon Moraes and Sodiq Yusuff got the main card of UFC Philadelphia started on Saturday night (March 30, 2019) in a featherweight bout.
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Moraes (11-2) has won four of his last five fights with his most recent victory coming at UFC 230 when he picked up a split decision against Julio Arce. As for Yusuff (8-1). He is on a three-fight win streak since suffering the only setback of his professional career. “Super” will look to make it a perfect 2-0 inside the Octagon.
The fighters touch gloves to start the fight. Yusuff press forward cautiously and throws a right hand. Moraes backs up and throws a right hand. Yusuff looks to measuring Moraes early on and throws a leg kick. Both fighters trade leg kicks now and Moraes follows with a knee straight down the middle. Yusuff throws the calf kick and lands a hard left hand. He presses Moraes up against the cage. Both fighters trade position and Yusuff ends up in control pushing Moraes into the cage. The referee separates the fighters. Moraes throws a front kick and follows it with a right hand. Yusuff clinches and presses Moraes into the cage again. Moraes spins and ends up in control against the cage. The fighters break as the round ends.
Moraes quickly takes the center of the Octagon and lands a body kick. Yusuff lands a right hand and again clinches Moraes up against the cage. The fighters break and Moraes lands a hard kick. Moraes lands a body shot via his right hand. He comes over the top with a left hand. Yusuff counters with an elbow as Moraes closes the distance. Moraes throws a head kick, both fighters trade punches in the pocket. Halfway through the second round and we find the fighters against the cage again with Moraes in control. He lets Yusuff go and lands a head kick. Yusuff scores a trip, however, Moraes springs right back to his feet. Yusuff still has his hands around Moraes’ waist. The Brazilian breaks free and throws a head kick. The round ends.
Yusuff presses forward straight away and lands a left hand. Moraes throws a head kick and follows with a left hand of his own. Both fighters go to the body with a flurry of punches. Moraes checks a leg kick, Yusuff throws another. Yusuff lands a jab. Moraes throws a lead uppercut that just misses, Moraes slips after throwing a head kick. He quickly gets to his feet. Moraes lands a push kick. Yusuff works his back off the cage and lands a lead elbow. He follows with a one-two, then a hook. Moraes answers with a kick. Yusuff lands a huge right hand that sends Moraes to the ground. He jumps all over Moraes for the finish. Somehow the Brazilian survives and gets back to his feet. Yusuff closes in for the kill but Moraes throws a spinning kick as the fight ends.
Sodiq Yusuff defeats Sheymon Moraes via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)