Michael Morales is the UFC 277 fighter to watch.
On a card that seemingly doesn’t have a lot of name value on it, you’d be forgiven if you thought some of the prelim fighters were skippable. You’d be wrong this time around. At UFC 277, there is one fight that you have to tune in for. This young, up-and-comer that fans can’t skip out on is Michael Morales, and he deserves your attention.
The 22-year-old is 13-0 already in his pro career, most recently competing for Barbarian Fight League and Extreme MMA, both based out of Ecuador. More recently, however, he competed on Dana White’s Contender Series, winning, and getting his shot to go to the UFC.
With his impressive performance against Nikolay Veretennikov on the show, he was signed to the UFC, making his debut at UFC 270. His first fight under the UFC banner was against tested scrapper, Trevin Giles, who was an eight-fight UFC veteran at the time they met.
Morales needed just four minutes and six seconds to knock out Giles, giving Morales his first win in the UFC and his 13th overall.
Michael Morales is going to be a problem at welterweight
Morales may not have the name value yet to warrant a discussion of title shots, but he’s registered 10 KO/TKO’s so far in his career, so it’s very possible that Morales one day challenge for the welterweight title. His power is impressive, but it also doesn’t hurt that he’s a big welterweight, standing in at 6’2.
That size advantage he has against a lot of guys in the weight class will surely be a big reason why he’s able to continue his winning ways. That, and he’s got some serious stopping power with those limbs.
It is MMA, however, so that means nothing is for sure. You can fantasy book Morales or whoever in any title fight you want, but these cats actually have to earn that shot. Usually. This means that Morales is going to have to earn his shot by taking on anyone and everyone.
He’ll take on Adam Fugitt at UFC 277, hoping to continue the run he’s on. If Morales wins, then maybe he can get off the early prelims and back onto the main card on a regular basis. Especially if he wins via KO/TKO.