UFC Vegas 31: Sergey Morozov Calls for Fight with “Cheater” Raulian Paiva

Las Vegas, NV — Former M-1 champ Sergey Morozov looked dominant against Khald Taha at UFC Vegas 31.

It was no surprise when the judges awarded all three rounds to the Kazakh fighter Saturday night. What was a bit more surprising was his callout during his post-fight media appearance.

Asked if he had an opponent in mind, Morozov responded “Yes, yes one opponent. One opponent in mind. [Raulian] Paiva. Brazilian fighter.” Then, he added, “cheater.”

Morozov (17-4) took issue with the fact that Paiva missed weight for a fight with teammate Zhalgas Zhumagulov last year. “Because he’s a cheater, he didn’t make weight when he fought my friend Zhalgas. And he won an unfair decision,” he said of the reasoning behind the callout. “So that’s why I want to get this back for him, for our team. Just in the sport’s interest.”

Paiva did in fact miss weight for the flyweight fight, coming in at 129lbs and going on to win a unanimous decision. Coming up, Paiva will move to the bantamweight division, taking on Kyler Phillips. If he overcomes “The Matrix,” it’s certainly a fight the UFC could make.

In the meantime, Morozov was very happy with the outcome of his own fight on Saturday. “I’m just glad that I won. I had a very smooth fight camp, really good game plan, weight cut, everything went great,” he told Cageside Press. “I’m just happy, and I know that a lot of people are happy that I got this win.”

Watch the full UFC Vegas 31 post-fight media appearance with Sergey Morozov above.