By TXMMA Staff | Emil Fischer
A BJJ brown belt for three years now, Alex still favors the KO as his preferred method of finish
SPRING, TX, June 9, 2014 – Back when MMA first became popularized in the United States, the grapplers were always the most successful and sought after fighters. Today there is a trend favoring strikers who seek that elusive one punch knockout. AtLegacy Fight Championships 31, successful and exciting young fighter Alex Morono (6-2) will be facing off against Diego Da Silva (5-1). Though he is also a BJJ brown belt, Morono plans on giving the fans an exciting experience by showcasing his explosive striking game.
“This fight has been unique in the sense that I don’t know much about my opponent. Other than his name and record I couldn’t find any tape on him and am not even sure where he trains. That being said, this camp I’ve really been focusing on my strengths and have never been more confident in my ability to finish. As for the outcome, every fight I take I try to have the same end result. I always, always look to the KO. In my mind the KO is like getting a 100% on an exam. It’s the A+ in MMA. Subs are great and a decision is passing but nothing is more conclusive than a nasty KO and I live to get that in a fight. I’m sure this fight will take place in the clinch and on the ground, which I’m more than comfortable exchanging in but other than to get the finish I really have no game plan which allows me to feel more free and takes the stress out of fighting against people’s strengths which has negatively [affected] some of my previous fights.”
Alex Morono has had the good fortune of being prepared to fight for quite some time now.
“I fought just a few weeks before I accepted this fight so I was already in great shape. I took no damage so I kept training hard, was already low on weight and have been ready to fight for 2 months now. I just wish the fight were sooner. I’m so ready to get in there. Camp has been perfect.”
The exposure that MMA has given grappling arts is undeniable; most every MMA fighter is at least a proficient grappler, which has given way to some interesting evolution in the sport, as observed by Morono “I’m just as much a fan as I am a competitor of the sport and nothing makes me more mad than when guys try to win the fight a round at a time by scoring a takedown and laying on top. I thought K-1 Max was the most entertaining form of fighting. I’d much prefer to see guys stand and blast it out and appreciate a good takedown when guys try to go for the finish but I don’t mind that there’s pressure to keep it standing. I don’t go for many takedowns offensively anyways, only when defending so it doesn’t throw my game off. And MMA has evolved, the reason good grapplers aren’t as [dominant] anymore is because everyone who wants to be successful in the sport MUST have a wrestling and BJJ base in their game.”
Alex is however no stranger to the grappling side of MMA as three of his 6 wins have come from submission “I plan on trying to keep the fight standing, which I’m comfortable fighting for, I work a lot of takedown defense and wrestling but am more than willing to finish in the ground. I’ve been a brown belt for 3 years and am really trying to beat black belts these days when I roll now (which is still tough but getting easier) and have finished most of my MMA fights with subs. I always seem to go to default armbar mode in MMA fights but I work on everything and have a solid 5 or 6 subs I hit daily.”
Alex is a dangerous fighter no matter where the fight goes.
On top of being a tough and successful fighter Alex Morono is loyal and thankful to his fans, team and promotion “Being able to compete in these MMA fights is a very intense emotional and physical experience and I have really grown to love it. It’s the most enjoyable thing I’ve found in this earth and want to keep competing. I’ve been fighting for Mick (Legacy FC) since I was 17, almost 7 years ago and would love to keep fighting for Legacy. This is my 6th fight in the division, with 4 wins, 3 finishes and only a single decision loss to the previous champ. A title shot would be amazing but as long as I get to keep fighting I’ll be happy with that. It’s really cool to see how far Legacy has come and I’m honored to be a part of it. For all the up and coming fighters in the scene just know the only way you’ll succeed in this sport is to work hard and have a good attitude, no one will do the work for you. And thanks to everyone who supports the sport. I have a great family who supports me, a brother who does all of my website, highlight videos and designs, am amazing gym at which I teach and train every day and a rock solid tough MMA team and cross training partners and some awesome sponsors who are always quick to help out. A special shout out to gym GB The Woodlands MMA and TXMMA for doing such a good job of covering the scene in Houston. Everyone make sure to go out and see the fights in the 13th, it’s going to be an amazing show!”