To say that World Series of Fighting bantamweight Rudy Morales has had an interesting start to his career would be an understatement.
After losing his first fight in a bout that was not meant to be a professional one, Morales has rebounded and won three fights in a row, but even then things have been anything but conventional.
“I was 0-1 to start off my professional career, and I took a day-and-a-half-notice fight for BAMMA USA that was two weight classes above my weight because they told me if I took the fight that I would be on the next card, so I just wanted to go show what I had, and I ended up knocking the guy out,” Morales told MMAWeekly.com.
“From there I got another win, and I thought World Series of Fighting would give me an option to fight for them because they run shows out in Vegas and I have a big following there, and next thing you know I got a call from them.”
Much like his career up to that point, Morales’ WSOF debut didn’t go off how it should have.
“Unfortunately the Nevada State Athletic Commission said they had too many fights scheduled for that event and removed my fight two days before the show,” he said. “I was bummed out about that, but I got a call a week later for an 18-hour notice to fight in Bellator.”
Morales (3-1) will seek to finally make his WSOF debut on Jan. 17 in Las Vegas against Bryson Hansen (7-2) in a 135-pound feature bout.
“It’s already known that I’m the underdog in this fight,” said Morales. “In my personal opinion (Hansen) is like the promotional ‘home kid’, so they’re trying to build him up.
“Even though my record is not as high as his, I think I can bring some things to the table that can cause him trouble. I’m known for putting on exciting fights and entertaining the crowd and that’s what I plan on doing in this fight.”
While he may be an underdog now, if Morales can continue his winning ways, he might be closer to his goals than he realizes.
“I want to win all my WSOF fights and see how I end up in the rankings and then I would like to aspire to fight for a title or something like that,” concluded Morales.