Alex Morono continued his winning ways at UFC Vegas 36, defeating David Zawada via decision.
Welterweight Alex Morono entered UFC Vegas 36 fresh off a win over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Taking on Germany’s David Zawada, Morono had the big-name win and was looking to build a modest win streak.
Zawada, for his part, entered the night 1-3 in his last four. After missing all of 2020, he’d come up short against Ramazan Emeev in January on Fight Island.
Zawada and Morono traditionally have had fun fights on the big stage in the UFC octagon, and this fight was no different. Round one featured Zawada pushing the pressure, trying to put Morono on the backfoot and dart in and out with quick shots. However, that darting allowed for Morono’s counter right to land, and it did land often. Morono in general seemed to land the heaviest shots of the round, but it was a close round with good shots from both fighters.
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Zawada came out firing to start round two, pushing Morono back to the fence once again and landing a big combination. Zawada seemed to tighten up his striking in the second, but that still didn’t stop Morono from landing a big counter left hook that put Zawada on the backfoot halfway through the round. Morono then landed another left straight that seemed to change the momentum of the round. Zawada changed his strategy and began doing some good bodywork, which prompted Morono to do so as well. After two rounds, it was a close fight heading into the final frame.
Morono opened up the round with a big right hand, and not much longer the fight hit the mat for the first time. Morono ended up on top, before quickly transitioning to the back. However, Zawada did a good job of peeling him off and getting back to the feet, even hitting a slick elbow on the break of the clinch. Morono was the cleaner striker in round three. Zawada, as a last-ditch attempt to steal the fight, got a takedown in the final thirty seconds. Morono, however, reversed position and got the back as the fight was coming to a close.
Alex Morono def. David Zawada by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)