Khaos Williams Eyes Quick Turnaround After KO’ing Alex Morono At UFC 247

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Khaos Williams (10-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is still feeling great a couple of weeks after his upset knockout win over Alex Morono (17-6 MMA, 6-3, 1 no contest UFC) at UFC 247.

“I’ve never been one to really admire my work too long, you know what I mean?,” Williams told MMASucka. “It’s just another stepping stone. But I feel great though, most definitely.”

Williams vs. Morono

“The Oxfighter,” who made his UFC debut, stiffened up Morono just 27 seconds into their welterweight contest. Williams entered the bout as a +300 underdog to Morono’s -400 favorite. But Williams hurt Morono early and blitzed him from there, bringing a quick end to the fight.

“Man, that’s how I wanted the fight to go,” Williams said. “I studied him a little bit, and I knew some things that I was gonna catch him with that was open. I saw where he had some holes in his game. You know, I took a little punch, but sometimes you’ve gotta take one to get one, and I definitely would take a punch to end the fight within under a minute. I was just feeding off of that energy, off of the people doubting me, saying I was the underdog. I love being the underdog; fighters will never see you coming.

“When I hurt him, I didn’t know if I was gonna finish him or if he was gonna recover, or what,” Williams continued. “I knew that I hit him pretty hard, so once I seen that he was hurt, and I saw his eyes roll in the back of his head, I’m like, ‘Oh, I’ve gotta get on him. I plan on finishing this fight.’”

Williams, who fights out of Detroit, came up on the Michigan circuit. He’s fought in regional shows like Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting, King of the Cage, Total Warrior Combat and KnockOut Promotions to reach the UFC.

Morono entered the bout with a handful of UFC wins over the likes of Max Griffin, Zak Ottow, Josh Burkman and Kyle Noke.

Next Steps

What makes Williams’ debut even more impressive is he got the call just two weeks from Feb. 8 fight day. Williams said he always stayed training in anticipation of getting the call, but once it came, he didn’t have time for much other than medicals and fight week duties. Now, a couple of weeks removed from UFC 247, Williams is back in the gym training.

Williams said he hopes he’ll get to fight again in a month or two. This time, he’s eager to show how he looks with a full training camp. He doesn’t care who his opponent is, though. He said he’ll fight whoever the UFC matches him up with, even if it’s not a top-15-ranked welterweight just yet.

“I’m a religious person,” Williams said. “In the Bible, it says ‘The race is not given to the swift nor the strong but he who endures until the end.’ I’m not in a rush. I have a plan and a life as a realtor. The win that I just got, it let the division, UFC and world know that I have the potential to really do something great and extraordinary. I only had two weeks [for the Morono fight]. Imagine two months? I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me, and eventually, I’m gonna crack that top-15, top-10. It ain’t no rush.”

Williams is a real estate investor at RedDiamondRealEstate, a real estate investment company based in Detroit. He’s partnered with AAA Real Estate.

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