Phil Baroni Out, Zorobabel Moreira vs. Roger Huerta at ONE FC 4 on June 23rd

Phil Baroni will not be allowed to compete against Roger Huerta at ONE Fighting Championship: ‘Destiny of Warriors’, which is set for Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur on June 23rd, after suffering a June 2nd technical knockout defeat at Ring of Fire 43 in Colorado.

His replacement was revealed today, Brazilian lightweight, Zorobabel Moreira. Although both compete at 155lbs the original welterweight limit for Baroni vs. Huerta will still be set.

Moreira is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion who holds a 6-1 professional record and defeated another UFC veteran, Andy Wang, when he made his ONE FC debut last September. He was last seen submitting Felipe Enomoto at ONE FC: ‘Battle of Heroes’ in February.

Moreira, speaks about the late entry in to the fight:

“I train every day with the fight team at Evolve MMA and they are world champions in Muay Thai or BJJ or boxing and we have Heath Sims now who was in Olympics for wrestling and they push me so hard all the time. I was already helping Rich Franklin who is fighting UFC soon and first Eddie (Ng, now injured), then Brian (Choi, his replacement), Mitch (Chilson) and Brodinho (Leandro Issa) who fight at ONE FC and sparring with them.”

Huerta also gave his thoughts on the late change of opponent:

“I trust my coaches Chatri (Sityodtong) and Heath (Sims) and they always decide who I fight. I am happy to fight again and I know he is very famous and very strong fighter, very aggressive. For sure this will be a good fight, I think he is little bit bigger but I am happy because I do not need to think about my weight too much for this fight.”

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