January 2nd’s UFC 195 event has taken a hit with former TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum having to pull out of his main card fight with Kyle Noke due to a wrist injury.
That left the UFC with less than two weeks notice to come up with a suitable replacement, but they’ve been able to do just that, with Alex Morono now set to be make his UFC debut against Noke.
The 25 year-old Morono has recently been fighting for Legacy FC and is on a five fight winning streak, with his last victory coming just two weeks ago where he earned a first round submission victory via armbar.
In Noke he’s facing an experienced UFC fighter heading into his 10th Octagon encounter holding back-to-back wins as he heads into 2016.
It’s good that Noke still gets to fight, but clearly Morono isn’t at the same level in his career at this moment in time as the No.12 ranked welterweight Gastelum, and that’s reflected in the fact that the bout has now been demoted to UFC 195’s prelims.
In it’s place a lightweight fight between Abel Trujillo and Tony Sims has now been moved up to the five fight main card which will be headlined by a welterweight title fight between current champion Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit.