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Due to his success, in the presence of Dana White, the Orense fighter won one of the contracts of the night to be able to debut in the UFC.Septembe

Due to his success, in the presence of Dana White, the Orense fighter won one of the contracts of the night to be able to debut in the UFC.

September 21, 2021 – 9:47 p.m.

The Ecuadorian fighter Michael Morales Hurtado emerged from his fight against the Kazakh Nikolay Veretennikov by defeating him by unanimous decision and deservedly stealing the applause of Dana White, president of the UFC (The Ultimate Fighting Championship), at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Morales, 22, was victorious in a welterweight category match, in the co-main event of the Dana White’s Contender Series event, which had action this Tuesday for the fourth week of season 5.

Due to his success, in the presence of White, the Orense fighter was awarded a contract to debut in the UFC.

Manabi bantamweight Marlon Chito Vera, in the ranks of the franchise since 2014, congratulated him through his account Twitter.

After reading his notes, White announced that Morales deservedly won the contract. At the end of the fight, the UFC principal rose from his post and applauded the Ecuadorian for his triumph over the experienced Nikolay Veretennikov, who is ten years older than the South American and was appearing at the UFC Apex as a champion in the Fury Fighting Championship organization. (Fury FC).

“I’m here because of the contract, I tried to give it my all in the cage. I train with elite people and I prepared myself for a great performance, ”said an emotional Morales before White’s decision.

Later, he added: “I am very happy to have gotten my contract. It goes for my family, friends and my country Ecuador ”.

The tricolor, who trains at Entram Gym in Tijuana (Baja California, Mexico), after beating Veretennikov improved his record to 12 fights won and zero losses in professional MMA.

Asked about the strategy designed for this fight, Morales admitted that “the job was to take him to the ground and perform jiu-jitsu” despite the fact that his strength is the Olympic fight. “When you’re in the cage, it’s pure instinct,” he explained.

“I have a great corner, Professor Raúl Arvizu, who is Brandon Moreno’s trainer (owner of the flyweight category belt). He was the one who was able to improve my work, standing, fighting, jiu-jitsu. I want to thank Dana (White) for giving me the opportunity and all the people who supported me from Ecuador. Expect another victory soon ”, aimed. (D)