After UFC debut win, Joseph Morales already eyeing title: 'Maybe next year or the year after'

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MEXICO CITY – Joseph Morales didn’t really look like an octagon newcomer en route to his UFC Fight Night 114 win, which might have something to do with the fact he didn’t feel like one, either.

After dropping Roberto Sanchez (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) early with a right hand, Morales (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) sunk in a fight-ending rear-naked choke in the first round of their flyweight bout. The win not only got Morales’ octagon career started on the right track, but it also meant an added $50,000 to his bank account after receiving “Performance of the Night” honors.

It’s not like there weren’t emotions involved in his UFC debut. But, after dealing with those before he even set foot in the octagon, the 22-year-old says jitters had no place when its doors closed.

“I’ve been doing it for so long and I’ve been training with some of the best – a legend like Urijah Faber – (that) I think it was just kind of like any other fight for me,” Morales told MMAjunkie after the preliminary card bout, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass. “And just going out to the cage before the fight, it was just surreal, so I was able to get the emotion and the anxiety out before the fight. So that way, I wasn’t feeling any of it during it.”

It’s not like Morales’s confidence is unwarranted. Despite his young age, he walked into Mexico City Arena propelled not only by one of the world’s leading teams, Team Alpha Male, but also by the strength of an undefeated pro record that he’s been building since 2014. Before that, Morales had an unbeaten amateur career.

The accomplishment is made all the more impressive by the fact he did it where his opponent was best: the canvas. But, fresh off a Cage Fury win over another grappling specialist in Sean Santella, Morales wasn’t particularly worried about that, either.

“I grapple with the best in the world,” he said. “My first skill of MMA that I learned was jiu-jitsu. I wasn’t like nothing special that I had to train before. My last fight was a high-level black belt under the Miller brothers. He rocked me and had my back the whole round and he couldn’t submit me. And I don’t remember that first round.”

For now, Morales’ plans includes going back home, relaxing with his family and maybe throwing back a few beers. But, after that, the confident flyweight already has some ambitious ideas.

“The ultimate goal is just getting that championship belt,” Morales said. “I’m looking forward to that. Maybe next year or the year after, but I’m shooting for that.”

To hear more from Morales, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Relive all 7 record-tying 1st-round finishes from UFC Fight Night 114

Despite being viewed as one of the weaker cards in the UFC’s stretch of 11 events in 11 weeks, UFC Fight Night 114 made some history.

With seven fights ending in the first round, Saturday’s FS1-televised event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico tied six other UFC events for the most first-round finishes on a single card.

The stoppages came quickly and furiously. Watch all of them below.

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1. Jordan Rinaldi vs. Alvaro Herrera

Result: Jordan Rinaldi def. Alvaro Herrera via submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 1, 2:01
Recap: Jordan Rinaldi submits Alvaro Herrera with rare Von Flue choke
Photos: Jordan Rinaldi vs. Alvaro Herrera photos

2. Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez

Result: Joseph Morales def. Roberto Sanchez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:56
Recap: Joseph Morales turns tables on Roberto Sanchez, earns submission win
Photos: Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez photos

3. Rani Yahya vs. Henry Briones

Result: Rani Yahya def. Henry Briones via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 2:01
Recap: Rani Yahya nearly flawless in submission win over Henry Briones
Photos: Rani Yahya vs. Henry Briones photos

4. Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval

Result: Dustin Ortiz def. Hector Sandoval via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:15
Recap: Dustin Ortiz KOs Hector Sandoval in 15 seconds for fastest flyweight win
Photos: Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval photos

5. Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott

Result: Jack Hermansson def. Brad Scott via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:50
Recap: Jack Hermansson pounds his way to TKO finish of Brad Scott
Photos: Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott photos

6. Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo

Result: Humberto Bandenay def. Martin Bravo via knockout (knee, punches) – Round 1, 0:26
Recap: Humberto Bandenay stuns Martin Bravo with vicious KO in UFC debut
Photos: Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo photos

7. Niko Price vs. Alan Jouban

Result: Niko Price def. Alan Jouban via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:44
Recap: Niko Price TKOs Alan Jouban in 1st round to stay unbeaten
Photos: Niko Price vs. Alan Jouban photos

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC Fight Night 114 bonuses: New record holder Dustin Ortiz among 4 fighters to earn $50K

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MEXICO CITY – Dustin Ortiz, Joseph Morales, Humberto Bandenay, and Niko Price each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event.

All four fighters were awarded “Performance of the Night” honors.

Ortiz (17-7 MMA, 6-5 UFC) made quick work of Hector Sandoval (14-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) – in record time, in fact. Sandoval blitzed forward early against Ortiz on the preliminary card, and he landed. But Ortiz countered with a right-left, then a huge right to the temple that planted Sandoval on the canvas. Ortiz was all over him in a hurry with three hammer fists to get the job done with a 15-second knockout – the fastest in UFC flyweight history.

Morales (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was not in a great spot in the first round of his flyweight fight against Roberto Sanchez (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), but he stayed patient on his back and worked back to his feet. From there, it was perfection in the standup game, then on the ground. A right to the temple put Sanchez on the canvas, and from there Morales was able to systematically take his opponent apart for a rear-naked choke finish.

Bandenay, the biggest underdog on the card after taking his fight on two weeks’ notice, stunned Martin Bravo with a vicious knee to score a first-round knockout.

And Price remained undefeated after a first-round TKO of Alan Jouban.

UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

UFC Fight Night 114 took place Saturday at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 114 results: Joseph Morales turns tables on Roberto Sanchez, earns submission win

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Joseph Morales needed only a brief window to turn the tables on Roberto Sanchez.

After giving up an early takedown, Morales (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) blasted Sanchez (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) with a straight right before sinking a rear-naked choke in the opening frame.

The flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

The finish came at the 3:56 mark of the first round after Sanchez was forced to tap. He fought as hard as he could to delay the inevitable, but Morales had hopped on his back and refused to give up the position after the fight-altering blow.

Sanchez’s 0 now goes while Morales extends his unbeaten streak to eight wins with his successful UFC debut.

Perhaps Sanchez was aware of his opponent’s concussive power, because he showed no inclination toward standing and slugging in the early moments of the fight. Morales didn’t take any damage and fought to reverse position. When he finally righted himself, it was a matter of seconds before he landed his right hand.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 114 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Mexico City.)

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'Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight' S2E3: San Diego visit and flyweight Joseph Morales

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“Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” is back with its third episode of the second season, which now can be watched in its entirety.

White, who hosts the series with former UFC champion Matt Serra and MMA vet Din Thomas, uses the show to search for future UFC talent, though there are plenty of pitstops along the way.

In the third episode of Season 2, the guys head to San Diego, where there’s a trapeze lesson, some sailing, a trip to an animal sanctuary, an exotic burger restaurant and a legendary haunted house.

Additionally, after UFC fighter Cynthia Calvillo used a post-fight interview to stump for her teammate, the guys head to CFFC 64 to see undefeated Team Alpha Male flyweight and reigning CFFC 125-pound champ Joseph Morales, who took on Sean Santella in a fight that ultimately earned him a UFC contract. Additionally, bantamweight Matt Sayles catches their attention with a win over Christian Aguilera.

Check it out above.

Also see:

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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