The Pro Take: Alex Morono Stops Cowboy in the First Round

Cowboy Cerrone and Alex Morono, UFC Vegas 28
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 07: (L-R) Opponents Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone and Alex Morono face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on May 07, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

After what was a drama-filled end to Diego Sanchez’s time with the company that crowned him their first ever Ultimate Fighter, it left another veteran of the Octagon without an opponent. It seemed like Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone was left in limbo without a fight, but Alex Morono stepped up to save the co-main event spot at UFC Vegas 26.

For Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, it was a role reversal of sorts as he has been known as the man to always step in and take a fight or two on short notice.  On Saturday night Cowboy was looking to get back into the win column as he has not had a win since May 4, 2019. Of course with Cerrone, fight fans know that win or lose, he always comes to fight.

Alex Morono stepping up was a very different fight, however. While it helped keep the card intact (multiple other fights were lost, which saw the ESPN event shrink to just nine fights), the Sanchez match-up favored Cerrone, while Morono was more of the question mark. Morono was looking to capitalize on the legacy Cerrone had carved within the UFC, to get back some winning momentum after his previous loss to Anthony Pettis.

Both men came out fast and furious. Alex Morono came out on a mission to finish Cowboy, and after landing numerous heavy shots, ref Marc Goddard had seen enough as Cowboy was taking too much damage. The ref called the fight off at 4:40 in the first round.


Check out how the pros reacted to the co-main event between Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Alex Morono.


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