Throughout the three round affair, Morono was displaying a well-timed lead jab and then putting power punches behind it as he was constantly getting the better of Zawada during the exchanges. When it was over, all three judges scored the fight 30-27 with Morono getting the win while moving to 5-2 in his past seven fights.
“I was happy to show the guys [at my gym] how it’s done with minimal preparation,” Morono said after accepting the fight on short notice. “Knockouts are gold, submissions are silver, decisions are bronze and I’m always hunting that gold medal.”
The fighters were more than happy to trade shots on the feet with Morono getting the better of the exchanges early but Zawada was still connecting with plenty of punches of his own. Morono’s ability to put together his combinations had Zawada reacting rather than countering but he started to change the momentum late in the first round.
When Zawada was able to put Morono on his back foot, he was finding a home for his punches with more regularity. As the second round got started, Zawada looked to follow that up with more of the same but he had to be wary because Morono wasn’t losing any confidence in his strikes.
Morono was also starting to establish a slick double-jab with his left hand and then following with a hard right hand behind it that was keeping Zawada off balance.
The variety of strikes from Morono allowed him to keep his opponent guessing throughout including a nasty spinning back fist that clubbed Zawada on the top of his head. Still, Zawada refused to go down despite the damage really starting to mount as Morono was just dishing out punishment from every angle on the feet.
Despite his best effort to get the finish, Morono had to keep throwing strikes until the final horn sounded but he still did more than enough to earn the victory.
Throughout his UFC career, Morono has always been considered a great prospect and with his last couple of wins, it appears he may be ready to graduate into the welterweight rankings.