Adriano Moraes has come a long way in his life, prevailing against all odds and rising from nothing to become the ONE Flyweight World Champion. Abandoned as a newborn in Brazil, Moraes grew up in an orphanage, but his life would change forever when he was adopted by a kind soul who raised him as a single mother. That gave him the chance he needed to succeed in life, and he has since dedicated his life to making his adoptive 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 began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and proved to be a natural talent, making a name for himself in grappling tournaments and earning his black belt in the process. In 2011, Moraes naturally made the transition to the cage as mixed martial arts 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-bout 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. 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 reclaim the belt. Unfortunately, Moraes then lost the ONE Flyweight World Championship in June 2018 to interim titleholder Geje Eustaquio, who unified the belts via split decision. Just like before, however, “Mikinho” will do everything in his power to once again stand as the undisputed flyweight king.