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Focusing less of his efforts on the journey to the top of the rankings or propelling himself toward the belt, Morono said he prefers to work toward being a guy that “people will remember for great fights and awesome finishes.”

“I’m down for the fun fight, for the fan fights,” Morono said. “Especially fighting the veterans. I want to do that while the veterans are still around. So, this is as opportunistic as a veteran matchup could ever get.”

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It’s an admirable legacy to work toward for Morono, who brings the “nothing to lose, everything to gain,” mindset into every fight — something that he took into his fight with Anthony Pettis in December and will take into his fight against Cerrone as well.

“I would say he’s arguably got a better ground game [than Pettis], and his striking is great,” the 30-year-old said. “He was preparing for a southpaw wrestler, I’m an orthodox striker, although I did get the second degree on my (jiu-jitsu) black belt.”

While the two are sure to put on a show in their co-main event bout, Morono is simply grateful and excited just to be in the building.


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