Vince Morales is not a stranger to short notice fights. Morales has stepped up time and time again in his career. Now, standing at only 2-4 in his last six, Morales is fully prepared for the opponent he signed up for at the beginning of camp for his upcoming UFC 265 bout.
“Besides Aiemann Zahabi, all short notice,” Morales stated, speaking to Cageside Press ahead of the fight. This weekend, the 30-year old is up against Drako Rodriguez. “I got a full camp. Let some things settle in, some tactics settle in. Feels like a long time coming.”
Morales will never use his short notice bouts as excuses; the fan favorite is never shy about taking center stage to a big opportunity that presents itself. Morales is eyeing a bonus, he is hoping Dana White is in a giving mood and continues to hand out 75,000 bonuses. The 9-5 fighter is treating this one like his back is against the wall, whether it is or isn’t, Morales doesn’t want to find out.
“I’m treating it like my back is up against the wall,” Morales told Cageside Press. “I think I put myself in that position, no one forced me to take those short notice fights. Put myself in this situation, know my back is against the wall. I’m ready to show that I belong in the division.”
When asked if a Vince Morales backed in a corner is the most dangerous version, it isn’t.
“Any version is the most dangerous.”
Vince Morales takes on Drako Rodriguez at UFC 265 this Saturday, August 7 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.