It has been the kind of year that if welterweight Alex “Great White” Morono hasn’t been competing in one sport, he’s been competing in another.
Between MMA bouts, Morono has found time to make both his boxing and kickboxing debuts, fulfilling a goal he’s had since he became a fighter five years ago.
“If I don’t have any injuries, I stay as active as possible,” Morono told MMAWeekly.com. “With fighting, it’s hard to plan things like month to month. You sign contracts and they can’t conflict. You could get hurt or something like that. But it’s definitely something I’ve always wanted to do.
“I enjoy competing above everything else. I don’t care where, but as long as I get to compete, I’m happy. Whether it’s boxing, kickboxing, or MMA, it’s the best opportunity that I’ll take.”
Most importantly, Morono (10-3) has won both of his Legacy FC fights this year, which has him in line to challenge for the company’s 170-pound title this Friday in Shreveport, La., against Derrick Krantz (17-8) in the evening’s main event.
“I’d seen him fight a lot when I was coming up in the ranks,” said Morono of Krantz. “His first loss was to who was my coach at the time. It’s the first time that I really know a lot about my opponent.
“He’s really aggressive. He’s got 17 wins with 17 finishes. I have to be patient and make him fight at my range and pace. I have to be cautious and attack when the time is right.”
Winning a Legacy title could provide Morono a bridge to the UFC, but making the jump isn’t going to add any pressure to his performance because he feels good where he is at right now.
“I train and coach full-time, and that’s always been my main goal in life,” said Morono. “All the competition has been a bonus of that lifestyle.
“If the UFC doesn’t happen after this, I’m not going to be disappointed. I’m going to stay as active possible, so if I get the call, I’ll be ready. If I have to wait a while, so be it, I’m not going to be bummed. I’ll just keep competing.”