Donald Cerrone is preparing for his upcoming fight with Alex Morono. Moreover, Morono will be replacing Diego Sanchez, who was Cerrone’s original opponent.
Donald reveals that he and his team were preparing to make a return to 155lbs. However, the UFC asked Cerrone to fight Diego Sanchez at 170 lbs. Following Sanchez’s exit from the UFC, Alex Morono stepped in as a replacement.
“We want to go to (1)55, the UFC asked us to fight Diego at (1)70. This fight doesn’t make sense for me”. Additionally, Donald adds that the fight is more of a one-off as he plans to return to 155 and make another run.
“The power and the energy is going towards Diego, not this kid”. Cerrone insists that he will be fighting Morono as if it is Diego. Notably, ‘Cowboy’ and Diego Sanchez have had some ‘beef’ in the past. “Unfortunately, he’s got the short end of the stick,” Cerrone says about Morono.
Cerrone struggled in the latter days of his time in the lightweight division. His last three fights in the division were all losses to the likes of Gaethje, Ferguson, and Pettis. Hence, Donald felt the need to move up a division. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out for him at welterweight either as he found all the fighters there were ‘big for him’.
Can Donald Cerrone beat Alex Morono?
‘Donald Cerrone, 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. Donald (36-15, 2 NC) has the most wins (23) and submissions (17) in UFC history. Recently, he has been working with Rafael Dos Anjos to improve his grappling and Jiu-Jitsu game.
On the other hand, 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. Donald feels that if he loses, his time in the UFC could be coming to an end.
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