Alex Morono
The Great White

USA

Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 3/4/2022
Left knee injured in fight
WelterweightUFC
Out
September 8, 2021
Morono is facing a six-month medical suspension, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Morono will need clearance from a doctor on his left knee if he wants to fight again before March. He was able to take the win last weekend, however, by beating David Zawada by unanimous decision.
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Winning ways continue
WelterweightUFC
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September 4, 2021
Morono defeated David Zawada via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Morono has always been inconsistent, and the concerns surrounding his all-around game are more than valid, but the guy is unquestionably a high-level striker. He is going to win a kickboxing match more often than not, and luckily that's what this was. The numbers say this fight was stunningly even. Zawada landed 91 of 210 total strikes, while Morono connected on 96 of 219 tries (unofficially). Zawada landed the only takedown. The difference between the two was that Morono fought with a fluidity and confidence Zawada couldn't match. On the flip side, everything Zawada threw appeared forced. Morono has now won twice in the past four months, and three times dating back to November 2020. He fights often and is on a nice run at the moment.
Added to Sept. 4 card
WelterweightUFC
Out
August 26, 2021
Morono (19-7-0, 1 NC) is scheduled to face David Zawada (17-6-0) in a welterweight fight Sept. 4 at the UFC's event in Las Vegas, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
"The Great White" was added to the card as a late replacement for Sergey Khandozhko, who withdrew from the matchup with Zawada due to an unspecified reason. Morono will be making his return to the Octagon for the first time since May, when he claimed the highest-profile win of his career with a dominant showing against Donald Cerrone.
Stops Cowboy Cerrone
WelterweightUFC
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May 8, 2021
Morono defeated Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) at 4:40 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 24 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
A victory over Cowboy means shockingly little as we push towards the middle of 2021, but this is still the biggest victory of Morono's UFC career. Morono has a long history of beating up on fringe fighters and struggling against better competition. Cerrone doesn't qualify as "better competition" these days, but he's seen and done it all in this sport, and Morono handled him with ease. Morono is a high-end striker. He's always been a volume over power guy, but he fired off countless shots that damaged Cerrone. Referee Marc Goddard gave Cowboy plenty of chances to recover, but it simply wasn't happening. Full props to Morono for an excellent performance -- also one that will earn him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Now, the challenge will be for him to follow it up with another one his next time out.
Facing Cowboy May 8
WelterweightUFC
Out
May 3, 2021
Morono will take on Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout at the UFC event May 8, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Morono will sub in for Diego Sanchez, who had to withdraw last week for an undisclosed reason. Morono will be making his first start since December when he fell to Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision. Cerrone suffered a similar fate against Pettis nearly one year ago, and is winless in the UFC since May of 2019. Morono will give up slight height and reach advantages to Cerrone, but has a statistical edge in both striking offense and defense.
Collapses following quick start
WelterweightUFC
Out
December 19, 2020
Morono lost to Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's a crushing defeat for Morono in a fight in which he had all the momentum in Round 1. Generally known as a pure boxer, Morono controlled the first frame from the mat. He took advantage of a bad mistake from Pettis and took his back but was unable to get the stoppage. As the fight progressed, Morono became less and less effective. Pettis became considerably more assertive, and Morono struggled to string together combinations, usually his greatest strength. Morono is underrated relative to his abilities, but consistency has always been his biggest issue, and this performance won't help matters. The 30-year-old Texan has alternated wins and losses in his past four bouts.