Adriano Moraes has come a long way in his young life. Abandoned as a child in Brazil, Moraes’ life changed forever when he was adopted by a kind soul, and has since dedicated his life to making his mother proud.
He began his martial arts journey at the age of seven after his mother decided to enrol him in judo classes, and he soon picked up the Brazilian art of capoeira as well. He inevitably pick up Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and proved to be a prodigious talent by making his name for himself in grappling tournaments, earning his black belt in the process.
In 2011, Moraes naturally made the transition to mixed martial arts as the sport gained popularity around the world, and made his professional debut the same year. He then went on a tear through the South American regional scene, accumulating a nine-fight win streak while capturing the South American Shoot flyweight title.
That success would continue in ONE Championship, where he embarked on a five-win run to capture and defend his title as the inaugural ONE Flyweight World Champion. However, he lost the belt in late 2015 to Kairat Akhmetov in a heartbreaking split decision, but bounced right back with a series of wins to claim the Interim title.