Alex Morono was able to oustrike Mickey Gall for three rounds tonight at UFC On ESPN 31 to earn a unanimous decision victory.
Cautious start in the opening minute, but Morono does flash out a left hand upstairs. Now an inside calf kick. He lands it again. Body kick for Gall.
Right hand for Gall. He looks to land another punch to the body this time. Body punch again from him. Short flurry of punches from Morono in close.
Another punch lands for Morono. Jab connects now. Right hand gets through. Body kick from Gall. Hooks from Morono.
Jab from Morono drops Gall as he was stepping in. Morono follows him to the mat with over a minute still left in the round.
Gall is crafty on the mat though and starts to look for a leg lock. Morono rides it out though and Gall opts to get his guard back and then manages to find the space to stand.
Final few seconds of the round and they start to exchange strikes, with Gall throwing caution to the wind.
Right hand for Gall. Right gets through again for him, but gets caught by a counter right from Morono.
Morono steps into a couple of hard punches. Now it’s Gall who marches forward landing hooks. Another punch for him and then attempts to work into the clinch, but abandons it quickly.
Right hand again for Gall. Superman punch from Morono after a low kick. Hook from Gall and a harder one in return from Morono.
Both land in a brief exchange. Jab for Morono. Hook from Morono and Gall left his chin exposed afterwards.
Hook from Gall. Both throwing wide looping hooks at times. nice left hand counter from Morono. Body kick from Gall as Morono is throwing a punch. Gall tries for a takedown and Morono stuffs it well.
Right hook misses from Morono but then follows up with a left hook that does land cleanly.
Gall lands a body punch. Counter right hook from Morono. Morono pumps out the jab. Straight punches from him.
Leg kick from Gall. left hands land from Morono. Gall reaching out with punches without making a clean connection. He leaps into an awkward body kick.
Jab for Morono as all steps forward. Grazing right hand from Gall. Low inside kick from Morono. He lands a straight right.
Kick to the body from Gall. Now a right hand. He misses with a follow-up hook. Front kick to the body from Morono. Gall punches to the body.
Both men starting to swing for the fences a bit. Gall in particular is stepping up his work rate and energy. He goes into the clinch but they don’t stay there for long.
Kick to the body from Morono. Gall pressing forward. Another front kick to the midsection from Morono. Kick for him again.
Gall pressing forward and Morono puts his head down and wings hooks that don’t find the mark.
Gall put up a fight of it, but Morono got the better of the striking battle over the course of three rounds and emerges with a unanimous decision victory (30-27 x3).