The welterweight matchup took place on the FS1-televised prelims of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Usman was on point from the start, wobbling Moraes with a low kick and then dropping him briefly with a right hand. Unsurprisingly, Usman refused to follow to the floor, and Moraes crawled back to his feet and looked to brawl. Haymakers followed, but Usman slipped well and scored a beautiful finish with a destructive straight right to the chin. Moraes crashed to the floor, and Usman landed one hammerfist to an already vanquished foe.
Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) now sports a 10-fight winning streak and is due for a big fight; “The Nigerian Nightmare” suggested former UFC lightweight champ and current welterweight contender Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) as a possible opponent.
Moraes (12-3-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) loses for the first time in eight appearances.
Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 116 results include: