Moraes was on schedule to make 135 pounds last week for his
World Series of Fighting bout against Miguel
Torres, but when Hurricane Sandy struck where he was staying in
New Jersey, things got tougher.
“The storm didn’t really affect my training camp, but this last
week, I needed a gym. I needed everything to cut weight,” Moraes
told the Sherdog Radio
Network’s “Rewind” show. “But … I had no gas, nobody to go to
the gym, no gyms open.”
The Brazilian, who was training with Frankie
Edgar in Toms River, N.J., weighed 150 pounds on the Monday
before the fight. With nowhere to work out, he ended up jumping a
lot of rope in the house he was staying in and also resorted to
running around the kitchen.
“In the kitchen, a hundred times,” Moraes said with a laugh. “Each
time, one, two, three, four. My wife, she said, ‘You’re crazy.’ I
said, ‘I’m not crazy. I need to make the weight.’”
Moraes made it, and he also scored the biggest win of his career
the next day by outpointing Torres for a split decision.
“I’m so happy to fight against him,” said Moraes, who expressed
considerable respect for the former WEC bantamweight champion. “I
think this fight’s going to bring me into the mix now. Now I’m in
Despite his excitement after knocking off Torres, though, Moraes is
still moved by the damage he witnessed in New Jersey.
“It was crazy,” he said. “I’ve never seen something like that. I’m
from Brazil and I saw a couple of things in Brazil, but man, it’s
crazy. The hurricane is something unbelievable.”
Moraes actually lives in Jupiter, Fla., but after spending his
training camp in New Jersey, he wants to help out the area however
“All the world and the country, they’ve got to get together,”
Moraes said. “They’ve got to do something to help because the
people there, they really, really need help now. We fighters, now
we’ve got to try to do something. I’m going to talk with Frankie
and the guys there. We’ve got to try to find some help. They
really, really need help now.”
Listen to the full interview
(beginning at 1:37).