If Rudy Morales’ moves inside the ring tonight are as smooth as his game with an MMA Xplosion ring girl were at Wednesday’s prefight press conference, the 145-pounder should be in good shape for his main event fight against Cesar Campos.
“Yeah, I’m pretty charismatic,” joked the 26-year-old from Guatemala.
Indeed Morales—who sports “the best haircut in the business” as a giant X is cut in the back and shaved horns sit up front on his buzzed head—nearly tricked the young ring girl into joining him in taking off her shirt while he started to remove his for a posed photograph.
While Morales’ hi-jinx didn’t pay off with the ring girl, he promises fight fans he will use the same kind of energy when he takes on fellow TapouT teammate Campos during tonight’s 7 p.m. event at The Joint at the Hard Rock.
“We’re friends, we don’t hate each other. But this should be a good test for both of us,” said Morales, who has a 7-1 amateur record compared to Campos’ 8-1 mark. “He’s got heart, I got heart. It’s gonna be a good fight.”
The bout will have added significance considering that yesterday was Guatemala’s Independence Day and today’s is Mexico’s Independence Day. Campos is Mexican.
Another added feature for the 30 fight-event—MMA X’s first show since January—is that the winners will be split onto two fight teams that will compete against each other in future events.
“I was a really big fan of the International Fight League and this qualifying event is kind of based off those principles,” said MMA X co-founder Rani John, of the future teams that will be called the Las Vegas Spiders and Las Vegas Scorpions.
“Everybody loves team sports, and there really isn’t that kind of element anymore in MMA with the IFL no longer around. To me it makes sense and we hope that we can grow these amateur teams to California, Arizona and surrounding states.”