Alex Morono
The Great White

USA

Stops Cowboy Cerrone
WelterweightUFC
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.
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Facing Cowboy May 8
WelterweightUFC
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
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.
Set to face Pettis on Dec. 19
WelterweightUFC
December 1, 2020
Morono will face Anthony Pettis at UFC Fight Night on Dec. 19, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Morono is set to battle Pettis after a spot opened up at UFC Fight Night once the main event was lost. Morono most recently defeated Rhys McKee via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas in November while Pettis is coming off a long medical suspension. Pettis, as well as Morono, were injured following their recent battles. Currently, Morono holds a 18-6-0 UFC record.
Sidelined with possible knee injury
WelterweightUFC
November 17, 2020
Morono has been suspended 180 days by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending medical clearance of a possible right knee injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Morono came away with a relatively lopsided victory over Rhys McKee as a (-200) betting favorite, setting a new personal best with 176 significant strikes landed in the 15-minute affair. It wasn't all good news, however, as something appears to have surfaced in his post-fight medicals that has the potential to sideline him until the spring. Of course, he could always get cleared early if a MRI comes back clean. The 30-year-old welterweight has won three of his last four, but an extended absence could cause that momentum to suffer.
Easily gets past Rhys McKee
WelterweightUFC
November 14, 2020
Morono defeated Rhys McKee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
A Muay Thai specialist by trade, this fight was like Christmas for Morono as he was going up against an opponent who was either unable or unwilling to properly defend himself on the feet. Morono landed consistent combinations in addition to mixing in plenty of power shots. He also tossed in a pair of takedowns in Round 3 for good measure. It was an excellent rebound effort from Morono on the heels of his shocking 27-second knockout loss to Kalinn Williams in his hometown of Houston this past February. Morono improves to 4-1 in his past five fights dating back to November 2018.