The UFC are said to be close to the signing of Marlon Moraes

The UFC has made great strides in recent years to become a real mainstream sport, and part of that is down to the stars it produces.

Everybody has become familiar with Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor and, once upon a time, it was all about Chuck Liddell and Anderson Silva.

Today, it's the genuine competitiveness of all the different weights that, in part, makes the UFC so spectacular to watch. Anybody can beat anybody on any given night.

Marlon Moraes is the WSOF bantamweight champion and training partner to the likes of Frankie Edgar, Edson Barboza and Eddie Alvarez.

He is reportedly close to signing with the world's largest MMA promotion and the UFC have given him a firm offer.

The 28-year-old Brazilian has a record of 18-4- and has won all 11 of his fights under the WSOF banner.

On top of that, he is currently in the midst of a seriously impressive 13-fight win streak. Factor that in and his ripe age and one could argue that Moraes' call-up to the big time is long overdue.