Alex Morono
The Great White

USA

Shocked in hometown of Houston
WelterweightUFC
February 8, 2020
Morono lost to Khaos Williams via KO (punches) at 0:27 of Round 1 at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. Morono is a native of Houston and entered as a massive (-420) betting favorite, but was stopped by Williams in under 30 seconds. Both men came out swinging for the bleachers and it was quite clear who had more power. This type of result was particularly shocking considering Morono had been knocked out just once in his pro career prior to Saturday and that came way back in June 2014. The shocking setback snaps a three-fight win streak for Morono.
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UFC 247 opponent confirmed
WelterweightUFC
February 3, 2020
Morono will now take on newcomer Kalinn Williams in a welterweight matchup at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
Morono was originally scheduled for a matchup against Dhiego Lima, but that proposed bout was scrapped following Lima's withdrawal due to a neck injury. Lima would have been a formidable test to Morono's three-fight winning streak, but rather than sit out and wait for that fight, Morono will stay on the card by accepting an opponent on short notice. Williams has racked up a six-fight winning streak through promotions such as KOTC, Total Warrior Combat and WXC, but a striking like Morono will be an entirely new challenge. Morono sits as approximately a (-260) betting favorite for the matchup as of Monday afternoon.
Needs new opponent for UFC 247
WelterweightUFC
January 22, 2020
Morono won't face Dhiego Lima in a welterweight matchup at UFC 247 on Feb 8., Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Morono will await a new opponent for UFC 247, as Dhiego Lima has been forced to cancel due to a neck injury. When he next enters the Octagon, the 29-year-old Texan will look to make use of his exceptional durability to add to his three-fight winning streak.
Added to UFC 247
WelterweightUFC
December 5, 2019
Morono will take on Dhiego Lima in a welterweight matchup at UFC 247 on Feb. 8, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Morono and Lima both enter this game on three-fight winning streaks, with Morono most recently taking a narrow decision from Max Griffin in October. It will likely be Morono with the advantage in the striking department, as he throws a much higher volume and has the superior striking differential (significant strikes landed minus significant strikes absorbed). Lima should have the offensive wrestling advantage, however, in addition to three-inch edges in both height and reach.
Win streak hits three
WelterweightUFC
October 12, 2019
Morono defeated Max Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
It was a strong effort from Morono in a fight in which he entered as a slight (+125) underdog. No fight involving Morono will ever be a technical masterpiece -- this one wasn't, either -- but his ability to absorb punishment and keep on ticking is remarkable. Morono's two biggest strikes were a beautiful spinning back fist late in Round 2 and a knockdown in Round 3. The 29-year-old Texan's long term ceiling is limited by his inability to defend himself with regularity, but he's a load of fun to watch and is now on a three-fight win streak.
Draws Max Griffin in Tampa
WelterweightUFC
August 25, 2019
Morono will take on Max Griffin in a welterweight matchup at UFC Tampa on Oct. 12, John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Morono has emerged victorious in back-to-back contests, and although his opponent is coming off a win, Griffin still sports a sub-.500 record under the UFC banner. While both men average more than four significant strikes landed per minute, Morono sports a superior defensive mark, getting hit by more than one less significant strike per minute of fight time. Morono doesn't have much wrestling to speak of (at least that we've seen), but don't be fooled by Griffin's superior numbers in that category -- they were inflated after he accrued six takedowns in his last fight against a debuting opponent. What Griffin does have, however, is a four-inch reach advantage.