A Glance at the Greatness of Joseph Morales Leading Into #UFCBelem

When skimming through the UFC’s flyweight roster, Joseph ‘Bopo’ Morales (9-0) is a prospect whom fight fans should be placing on their radar.

Incubated out of Team Alpha Male, this twenty-three-year-old phenom has been bred for the brightest lights in mixed martial arts. Entering a follow-up to a flawless debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Morales will face a fellow undefeated foe, Deiveson Figueiredo (13-0), at UFC Fight Night 125 In Belem, Brazil.

If Morales doesn’t manhandle the man across from him in the first frame—finishing four of his opponents within the opening five-minutes—he won’t exit the red-zone until a referee has peeled him from his prey, as the young hunter of 125-pound pelts has only gone the distance twice in his career.

World Series of Fighting 16 vs. Christian Espinoza

Joseph Morales vs. Christian Espinoza at WSOF 16

Featured on the prelims of WSOF 16, finding quality footage of his 2014 encounter with Christian Espioza is like trying to discover an ancient relic. A picture is worth a thousand words, and the inserted image depicts what a wise decision is was for Morales to ditch the amateurs and transition to the pros.

West Coast Fighting Championship 13 vs. Roque Reyes

Joseph Morales vs. Roque Reyes at West Coast FC 13

Even in the midst of throwing a hellacious combination of knees and punches, he maintained the composure of a seasoned vet.

West Coast Fighting Championship 14 vs. Benji Gomez

Joseph Morales vs. Benji Gomez at West Coast FC 14

In his third outing, Morales made the “gentle art” of Jiu-Jitsu mirror a similar degree of violence viewers witnessed in his previous contest. One the up-and-comer keyed into a position on Gomez’s back, there was no unlocking his grasp; hence, the Rear-Naked Choke soon followed.

Global Knockout 4 vs. Gerald Bailey

Joseph Morales vs. Gerald Bailey at GKO 4

For those who opt to not surrender their back to Morales, a punishing price, as Bailey discovered at GKO 4, will be paid, so it’s best to not delay the inevitable.

Global Knockout 6 vs. Sammy Saunders

Joseph Morales vs. Sammy Saunders at GKO 6

The trajectory of Morales began to take shape after locking Saunders into an airtight Triangle Choke.

Global Knockout 7 vs. Gerald Bailey 2

Joseph Morales vs. Gerald Bailey 2 at GKO 7

After several changes to who would challenge to erase the goose egg in Morales’ loss column at GKO 7, ‘Bopo’ never balked at the idea of a rematch with Bailey, where history repeated itself.

Global Knockout 8 vs. Josh Paiva

Joseph Morales vs. Josh Paiva at GKO 8
Joseph Morales vs. Josh Paiva at GKO 8

It took an adversary known as ‘The King of Diamonds’ to not crack under the pressure of Morales, yet at the close of twenty-five minutes, the shine of the GKO Flyweight Title hung from the member of TAM’s waist.

Cage Fury Fighting Championships 64 vs. Sean Santella

Joseph Morales vs. Sean Santella at CFFC 64

Morales punched his ticket into MMA’s big show by scrambling Santella’s senses with a staggering straight punch. CFFC 64 was featured on an episode of Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight, thus allowing fanatics of the sport to observe the UFC’s President brim with pleasure when he witnessed a firsthand account of Morales’ resolve and murderous capabilities.

UFC Fight Night 114 vs. Roberto Sanchez

Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 114
Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 114

All the precise striking and breathtaking submissions converged in a single sequence when Morales made himself at home as a rookie inside the UFC’s world-renowned Octagon.

Morales and Figueiredo are scheduled to pull the curtain to UFC Fight Night 125’s Exclusive Fight Pass prelims on February 3, 2018:


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