Donald Cerrone is gearing up for his next fight. However, he will now be fighting Alex Morono instead of Diego Sanchez.
Previously, the UFC announced that they have terminated Sanchez’s contract. As such, Sanchez is drawn out of the fight and subsequently, let go by the UFC last week. Allegedly, Sanchez’s team could not confirm with the promotion that the fighter was in good health.
“I’m glad the kid jumped on and wanted to do it,” says Donald. He admits that he doesn’t know too much about Alex Morono, but is still happy to fight him. Moreover, the fight will also take place at 170lbs after Donald’s recent move up to welterweight.
“From (1)60 to (1)55, I’m like drained. I have nothing left”. Donald explains that the weight cut in the lightweight division is very taxing for him. However, he also feels that guys at the 170lbs mark are too ‘big ‘ for him.
As such, he feels the need for a 165lbs weight category, that would be very comfortable for guys like RDA, Masvidal, and himself. “A 165 weight class would be magical, I’d love it”. Cerrone insists that weight classes from 155 to 165 and 165 to 175 would be a great idea.
‘Cowboy’ Cerrone struggled in the latter days of his time in the lightweight division. His last four fights in the division were all losses to the likes of McGregor, Gaethje, Ferguson, and Pettis. Hence, Donald felt the need to move up a division.
Donald Cerrone Vs. Alex Morono: A Preview
Donald Cerrone (36-15, 2 NC) has the most wins (23) and submissions (17) in UFC history. ‘Cowboy’, who fights out of New Mexico, last fought in September. His fight with Niko Price was a split draw, later overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to a no-contest when Price tested positive for marijuana.
Cerrone, 38, is looking for his first win since 2019, a winless stretch of five bouts. This goes back to his time in the lightweight division. After moving back to the welterweight division, his only result is the draw with Niko Price.
Morono (18-7, 1 NC) is coming off a ‘U-Dec’ loss to Anthony Pettis in December. The up-and-coming fighter from Texas has won four out of his past six fights. Alex, 30, has a 7-4 (1 NC) record in the UFC. As such, he will be looking to establish himself in the UFC after adding a big name to his resume.
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