Zemelsberger (10-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will face Morono at Saturday’s tournament UFC 277 An event that takes place at the American Airlines Center. The main card airs on pay-per-view after prelims on ABC/ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.
Morono (21-7 MMA, 10-4 UFC) has recently fought veterans like Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone, making him a formidable opponent in Semmelsberger’s eyes.
“He’s a well-rounded, seasoned veteran,” Semelsberger told reporters, including MMA Junkie, during Wednesday’s press day. “He’s been in the UFC since 2016 so he’s had a lot of fights. He fought former champions. He fought Donald Cerrone, another OG.
“So he has a lot of experience and he has a very solid, well-rounded game. So when I heard that I was going to fight him, I was very excited, but at the same time, coming back to the nerves, it kind of blew my nerves. But it’s a good sign for me.”
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Two of Semelsberger’s three UFC wins have come by knockout, and the 29-year-old is looking to add another stoppage victory over the staunch Morono.
“I kind of see it as either,” Semelsberger said. “Or a mix of the two, and it’s just that I’m trying to come from a place of resignation because I always want to respect my opponents and assume that they will be the toughest, most brutal version I’m going to face. . So I truly believe that I can go there and finish quickly, but at the same time, I’m willing to go for all three and get a solution if I have to. But the top priority is to finish this fight.”
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