Michael Morales Sees Matthews Fight As Measuring Stick

Las Vegas, NV – UFC welterweight Michael Morales sees his fight with Jake Matthews at UFC Vegas 82 on Saturday night as a measuring stick of where his career is at this point.

“Always very excited. Without diminishing his power, or his journey in the UFC, but I’m very happy to actually have this opportunity,” Morales told reporters through a translator on Wednesday.

“Just somebody who I can understand where I am as a fighter. I keep training improving for different fights. I still always try to improve for the next fight.”

Morales sees some similarities between himself and Matthews in fighting styles. He believes that will make for an exciting fight on Saturday night.

“I think it’s the unorthodox fighting style like I have. Someone who strikes with his hands down like I do. I think it’s going to be very curious. I think it’s going to be a clash of styles,” said Morales.

“It’s a little harder to asses what the other fighter’s going to do because when your hands are down and you’re a striker you don’t know where they’re coming from.”

One topic of conversation that came up was that of the nickname. Morales currently has no nickname, but his fandom of the Spiderman character Miles Morales may be just what he’s looking for.

“Thinking about the nickname as well. I think that’s going to be up to the fans as well to kind of decide for my next fights, but I really like the connection with Miles Morales for the future,” Morales said.

“To be in the game in the future as well.”

Watch the entire media day scrum with Michael Morales above. He takes on Jake Matthews at UFC Vegas 82.