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Alex Morono (born August 16, 1990) is an American professional mixed martial artist who currently fights as a Welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[1] A professional competitor since 2010, Morono has also fought for Legacy Fighting Championship, where he was Welterweight Champion.[3]

Alex Morono
Born (1990-08-16) August 16, 1990 (age 28)
Houston, Texas, United States
Other namesThe Great White
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Middleweight
Reach73 in (185 cm)
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofHouston, Texas, United States
TeamGracie Barra Woodlands
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1] under Alex Gotay[2]
Black belt in Taekwondo[1]
Years active2010-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total22
Wins17
By knockout5
By submission7
By decision4
By disqualification1
Losses5
By knockout1
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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BackgroundEdit

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Morono began training in 2007. Morono also holds a professional kickboxing record of 1-0.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

In 2010, Morono began competing in Legacy Fighting Championship amateur series, amassing a record of 2-0.[4]

Later that same year, Morono made his professional MMA debut, winning in twenty-one seconds of the first round by armbar.[4]

On December 4, 2015, Morono won the Legacy Fighting Championship Welterweight Championship with a first-round guillotine choke over Derrik Krantz.[5]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Morono stepped in on just over a week's notice to face Kyle Noke replacing an injured Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 195.[3] Morono was awarded a split decision victory.[6]

Morono was expected to face James Moontasri on October 15, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 97.[7] However, the promotion announced on October 6 that they had cancelled the event entirely.[8][9] In turn, the pairing was quickly rescheduled and eventually took place on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22.[10] Morono won the fight by unanimous decision.[11]

Morono was expected to face Sheldon Westcott on February 4, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 104.[12] However, Westcott pulled out of the fight in early January and was replaced by Niko Price.[13] He lost the fight via knockout at the end of the second round;[14] however this was later overturned to a no contest after Price tested positive for marijuana.[15]

Morono faced Keita Nakamura on September 23, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami.[16] He lost the fight by split decision.[17]

Morono faced Joshua Burkman on February 18, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 126.[18] He won the fight via a guillotine choke submission in the first round.[19]

Morono faced Jordan Mein on July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox 30.[20] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[21]

Morono faced Kenan Song on November 24, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 141.[22] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[23] The win also earned him the Fight of the Night bonus.[24]

Morono faced Zak Ottow on March 9, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 4.[25] He won the fight via verbal submission due to elbow strikes in the first round.[26]

Morono is expected to face Max Griffin on October 12, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 19.[27]

Championships and achievementsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 16 wins 5 losses
By knockout 5 1
By submission 6 0
By decision 4 4
By disqualification 1 0
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–5 (1) Zak Ottow TKO (submission to elbows) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos March 9, 2019 1 3:34 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 15–5 (1) Kenan Song Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 November 24, 2018 3 5:00 Beijing, China Fight of the Night.
Loss 14–5 (1) Jordan Mein Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 14–4 (1) Josh Burkman Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros February 18, 2018 1 2:12 Austin, Texas, United States
Loss 13–4 (1) Keita Nakamura Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami September 23, 2017 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
NC 13–3 (1) Niko Price NC (overturned) UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie February 4, 2017 2 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Originally a KO (punch) win for Price; overturned after he tested positive for marijuana.
Win 13–3 James Moontasri Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson December 17, 2016 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 12–3 Kyle Noke Decision (split) UFC 195 January 2, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–3 Derrick Krantz Submission (guillotine choke) Legacy FC 49 December 4, 2015 1 4:29 Bossier City, Louisiana, United States Won the LFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 10–3 Valdir Araújo KO (punch) Legacy FC 44 August 28, 2015 3 2:18 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 9–3 Marcus Andrusia TKO (punches and elbows) Legacy FC 42 June 26, 2015 1 3:18 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Catchweight (180 lbs) bout.
Win 8–3 Rashid Abdullah Submission (triangle choke) Fury Fighting 4 February 13, 2015 1 1:36 Humble, Texas, United States Catchweight (175 lbs) bout.
Win 7–3 Larry Hopkins TKO (punches) Fury Fighting 2 October 24, 2014 1 0:44 Humble, Texas, United States Middleweight bout.
Loss 6–3 Diego Henrique da Silva TKO (punches) Legacy FC 31 June 13, 2014 1 1:55 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 6–2 Rashid Abdullah DQ (illegal bite) Texas City Throwdown 1 March 14, 2014 3 0:10 Texas City, Texas, United States
Loss 5–2 Rob Wood Decision (split) Fury Fighting 1 November 1, 2013 3 5:00 Humble, Texas, United States
Win 5–1 Brandon Farran Submission (armbar) Legacy FC 18 March 1, 2013 1 1:16 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 4–1 Rashon Lewis TKO (punches) Legacy FC 10 February 21, 2012 1 4:02 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 3–1 Evert Gutierrez Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC 8 September 16, 2011 3 3:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 2–1 Jeff Rexroad Decision (split) Legacy FC 6 April 9, 2011 3 3:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 Mark Garcia Submission (armbar) Legacy FC 5 January 29, 2011 1 0:41 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 1–0 Jose Castro Submission (armbar) Triple A: Promotions December 2, 2010 1 0:21 Laredo, Texas, United States

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Alex Morono - Official UFC Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "Bio - Alex Morono". Alex Morono - Official Website. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Welcome to the UFC, Alex Morono". bloodyelbow.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Alex Morono". sherdog.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "Alex Morono Guillotines Derrick Krantz, Grabs Welterweight Championship at Legacy 49". sherdog.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-01-02). "UFC 195 results: Alex Morono upsets 4-1 favorite Kyle Noke on 11 days' notice". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02.http://mmadecisions.com/decision/6721/Alex-Morono-vs-Kyle-Noke
  7. ^ Staff (2016-09-03). "Moontasri vs. Morono, Yang vs. Janes announced for UFC Fight Night 97". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  8. ^ Staff (2016-10-06). "UFC Fight Night Manila: Lamas vs. Penn to be rescheduled". ufc.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  9. ^ Staff (2016-10-06). "After B.J. Penn's withdrawal, UFC cancels next week's UFC Fight Night 97 event in Philippines". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  10. ^ Brian Martin (2016-10-17). "James Moontasri vs. Alex Morono added to UFC on Fox 22". whittierdailynews.com. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  11. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-12-17). "UFC on FOX 22 results: Alex Morono rallies, finishes in dominant form against James Moontasri". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  12. ^ Staff (2016-12-24). "Alex Morono vs. Sheldon Westcott added to UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  13. ^ Staff (2017-01-24). "Niko Price replaces Sheldon Westcott at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  14. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-02-04). "UFC Fight Night 104 results: Niko Price puts Alex Morono away with KO at Round 2 buzzer". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  15. ^ "Three UFC Houston fighters pop for marijuana". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  16. ^ Dann Stupp (2017-08-06). "Slew of bouts official for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  17. ^ "UFC Fight Night 117 results: Keita Nakamura takes split from Alex Morono in bloody fight". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-23. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  18. ^ "Joshua Burkman vs. Alex Morono added to UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-07. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  19. ^ "UFC Fight Night 126 results: Alex Morono taps out Josh Burkman, calls out Diego Sanchez". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-18. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  20. ^ Staff (2018-04-27). "UFC on FOX 30 official for Calgary, eight fights added to lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  21. ^ "UFC on FOX 30 results: Jordan Mein outworks Alex Morono with takedowns for decision". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  22. ^ DNA, MMA (2018-10-19). "Thuisfavoriet Kenan Song treft Alex Morono tijdens UFC Beijing". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  23. ^ "UFC Fight Night 141 play-by-play and live results". MMAjunkie. 2018-11-24. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  24. ^ Jon Fuentes (2018-11-24). "UFC Beijing Bonuses: Ngannou & Jingliang Bank $50k For Finishes". lowkickmma.com. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  25. ^ DNA, MMA. "Welterweightclash tussen Alex Morono en Zak Ottow tijdens UFC Wichita". Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  26. ^ Hiergesell, Dan (2019-03-09). "UFC Wichita Highlights! Morono Scores Vicious TKO Finish Over Ottow". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  27. ^ Morgan, John (2019-08-13). "Max Griffin vs. Alex Morono added to UFC on ESPN+ 19 in Florida". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  28. ^ Jon Fuentes (2018-11-24). "UFC Beijing Bonuses: Ngannou & Jingliang Bank $50k For Finishes". lowkickmma.com. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  29. ^ Sherdog.com. "Alex". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-19.

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