Michael Morales doesn’t plan on rushing his way to the top after second UFC win

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DALLAS – Michael Morales beat Adam Fugitt with a third-round TKO Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC 277 in Dallas.

Take a look inside the fight with Morales, who stayed unbeaten and picked up his second knockout in two UFC fights in 2022.

Adam Fugitt vs. Michael Morales

Result: Michael Morales def. Adam Fugitt via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:09
Updated records: Morales (14-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Fugitt (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Key stat: Morales has 12 of his 14 wins by stoppage, including 12 knockouts.

Morales on the fight's key moment

Jul 30, 2022; Dallas, TX, USA; Michael Morales (red gloves) fights Adam Fugitt (blue gloves) in a welterweight bout during UFC 277 at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“I know I’m an awkward fighter, but everything I throw, I try to do really hard and to the head.”

Morales on Fugitt's toughness as the biggest underdog

Jul 30, 2022; Dallas, TX, USA; Michael Morales (red gloves) fights Adam Fugitt (blue gloves) in a welterweight bout during UFC 277 at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“I was surprised. He was a late replacement, and I think I got surprised, he got surprised, and I couldn’t do a lot of adjustments in the fight. But in the end, everything worked out.”

Morales on what he wants next

Jul 30, 2022; Dallas, TX, USA; Michael Morales (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Adam Fugitt (not pictured) in a welterweight bout during UFC 277 at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“I want to rest for a week, then keep training and wait for my next fight. … Step by step – I don’t mind it. I’m really young. It all depends on my coaches. But I want to work really hard with my mind, with my body, with my soul and be a better fighter. One fight at a time. I’m 23, and I want a long career in the UFC.”

To hear more from Morales, check out the video of his full post-fight interview below.

Michael Morales full post-fight interview

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