Michael Morales is a young 21-year-old thriving prospect in the welterweight division. Fighting out of Machala, El Oro, Ecuador Morales trains with a solid team at Entram Gym. Morales has been able to train with many good fighters that include Marcelo Rojo and Brandon Moreno. With zero amateur experience Morales jumped right into the fire starting as a pro. With a fire suit in his possession, he’s actually looked great racking up an undefeated 11-0 record.
Starting off his career he fought in small venues with limited people in attendance. Over time with more experience, he’s becoming more and more noticeable. Morales recently fought for UWC Mexico aired live on UFC Fight Pass. Before that, he fought twice for EMMA. Outside of a small local promotion title win, Morales won the EMMA welterweight championship.
Early in his career, I knew right away he was oozing with talent. He did have a few flaws that were concerning. Morales in what he displayed with the power he lacked putting combinations together. Being flat-footed was also a big problem as well as having questionable takedown defense.
Over time Morales has addressed those issues and become a much better fighter. Instead of throwing single strikes he usually at least throws in twos. Morales doesn’t have the fanciest footwork but he’s much lighter on the feet. His takedown defense is still in question but no doubt it’s got considerably better.
Early on in the career of Morales he displayed more grappling and wrestling than anything. To get the fight down Morales has shown to power guys down, utilize trips in the clinch, and has had a glimpse of standing wrestling skills. In terms of grappling in full, I’ve been impressed.
With each fight, Morales has adapted more into a good striker. He fights long well using straight punches going to the one-two. From the outside, he will also display heavy leg kicks. Morales doesn’t protect his chin as it’s straight up and hands low. He relies on his length and his ability to step away and return. It’s something he’ll need to improve over time.