Flyweight fights always catch my attention; that’s my division.
So, this weekend’s TUF 24 Finale holds a special significance. Not only does the card feature three really exciting flyweight bouts, but my main training partner, former title challenger #JosephBenavidez, has a grudge match with #HenryCejudo after their coaching duties on the The Ultimate Fighter.
I was out in Vegas during the filming of the show. Joseph flew me out to train alongside his team, guys like Tim Elliott, Eric Shelton, Damacio Page, and Brandon Moreno. Those guys are all tough 125ers, but I hung with all of them during training, and I think any day now I’ll be getting the call from Sean Shelby, Joe Silva, or Mick Maynard, the new guy.
But for now I’m patiently enjoying my run as Joseph Morales, GKO Flyweight Champion.
Most people probably haven’t heard of me, yet. But, that’s okay.
Fighters, guys like #UrijahFaber, Joe B, T.J. Dillashaw, Cody Garbrandt, and Chad Mendes -- a list of former champions and challengers -- all know who I am. We give each other hell, day in and day out, at Team Alpha Male. We give each other good rounds, and it’s only a matter of time before I join them in the UFC.
And even though I’m only 22, I’ve been with Urijah and Alpha Male since I was 10. It’s those years and rounds that will eventually be to my advantage when I finally get to compete in the UFC. Because nothing can take the place of experience.
Starting jiu-jitsu as a hobby with my dad, I began to train standup with Master Thong when I was 12. At 14 I took up wrestling and Pankration, which is basically mixed martial arts without head strikes. So before I even began my amateur MMA career at 18 years old, I already competed in over 300 fights. That’s the kind of experience that gives me all the confidence in the world that I can tap out the best guys.
My 7-0 pro record kind of speaks exactly to that. I just know how to put it all together.
But the professional fight game isn’t always about wins and losses. It doesn’t exactly work like that. It’s about timing. It’s about opportunity. You can’t really plan for those things.
In the meantime, I’m staying patient. There are still a few fights left out there for me on the regional level anyway. So even though I just beat the number-two guy in the state, I’ll beat number one if I have to. I’ll even take two, three, four fights if I must, and I’ll finish them. I’m that confident I’ll make it to the UFC sooner than later.
The matchmakers already know who I am, and soon enough, you will too.