Rob Font earned the biggest win of his career at UFC Vegas 17, knocking out Marlon Moraes in the very first round.
Top bantamweight contenders Marlon Moraes and Rob Font squared off at UFC Vegas 17. Moraes joined the UFC in 2017 and made a beeline for the title, defeating top contenders like Aljamain Sterling and Raphael Assuncao. He got his title shot against Henry Cejudo for the vacant bantamweight title and after dominating the first round, was stopped by the flyweight champ. Since then, he’s 1-1 with a controversial decision win over Jose Aldo and a knockout loss to Cory Sandhagen.
Font was seeking his first three-fight win streak since joining the UFC in 2014. This time around, he was coming off wins over Sergio Pettis and Ricky Simon, the latter of which earned him Fight of the Night honors. This was his first and only fight in 2020 after rehabbing an injury prior to this contest.
Moraes whipped a body kick right away and Font answered with a strong right straight. Moraes then changed levels and took Font down with ease. Font scrambled and Moraes tried to get a guillotine, and gave up top position. Font broke free and Moraes kept moving and was able to stand up and slam Font down into half guard. Font worked his way out after a good amount of top control from Moraes. A head kick landed for Moraes and sent Font stumbling. Moraes tried a spinning wheel kick and Font jumped all over him with a combination of shots following a jab that froze Moraes. Moraes stumbled trying to get a hold of Font and Font postured up and battered his opponent with big shots until the ref pulled him off. A huge statement win for the bantamweight contender.
— UFC (@ufc) December 20, 2020
Rob Font def. Marlon Moraes by TKO (Punches) in Round 1 (3:47)