Michael Morales

Ecuador

Ramiz Brahimaj on tap
WelterweightUFC
May 10, 2022
Morales agreed to face Ramiz Brahimaj in a welterweight bout at UFC 277 on July 30, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Morales earned a UFC contract via Dana White's Contender Series in September and debuted in January with a victory over Trevin Giles via TKO. Brahimaj is also coming off a win after beating Micheal Gillmore in February bringing his record in the promotion to 2-2.
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Earns stoppage win in UFC debut
WelterweightUFC
January 22, 2022
Morales defeated Trevin Giles via TKO (punches) at 4:06 of Round 3 at UFC 270 on Saturday in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Making his UFC debut at the age of 21, Morales showed exactly why so many people are high on his long-term potential. It took him a couple minutes to find his footing in his maiden voyage, but he won a couple positional battles from Giles along the fence and that seemed to settle Morales down. He landed with far more regularity in the striking game as the fight progressed, eventually earning the stoppage after forcing Giles to the mat and raining down multiple unanswered blows to the side of his opponent's head. Morales is just the second fighter from Ecuador in UFC history after Marlon Vera. Keep an eye on this young man moving forward.
First UFC fight set
WelterweightUFC
October 12, 2021
Morales will take on Trevin Giles in a welterweight bout at the UFC event Jan. 22, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Morales earned a UFC contract a few weeks back with his performance in Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. At just 21 years old, he already boats a career 12-0 record in MMA. He will hope to start a long career with the UFC with a victory in his first start.
21-year-old earns UFC contract
WelterweightUFC
September 21, 2021
Morales defeated Nikolay Veretennikov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. After the show, he was one of four fighters to be given an official UFC contract.
ANALYSIS
Morales didn't get the finish, but it wasn't for a lack of effort -- he came forward with multiple heavy superman punches throughout the bout in an attempt to close the show. When it was all said and done, he ended up cashing tickets as approximately a (+165) betting underdog -- the second underdog to get a contract on the evening. At just 21 years old, White sang nothing but praises in his post-fight interview, suggesting the Ecuador native could evolve into an all-time great as he reaches his prime. In the meantime, he'll take an undefeated, 12-0-0 record into the UFC's welterweight division.