CES MMA 33: Chaz Morgan talks about lesson learned in only career defeat

Heavyweight Chaz Morgan will look for to win his second straight fight tomorrow night in Rhode Island when he meets Juliano Coutinho at CES MMA 33 on AXS TV.

Morgan (12-1) is coming off a decision victory against Dakota Merritt at Island Fights 36 and that was the first fight for the heavyweight fighter since losing to current UFC fighter Alex Nicholson at Island Fights 34. He lost the fight against Nicholson in the final minute of the opening round and he talked to The MMA Report about the lessons he learned from that defeat.

“I am a big believe in everything happens for a reason,” Morgan told The MMA Report. “I went into that fight badly injured. I had a sprained knee. I have never backed out of a fight. Not as an amateur and not as a pro. I pride myself on that. It really ticks me off when people back out of fights. I should have probably, but I underestimated Alex. I knew I was going to kill him and I did. I never beat anyone as bad as I beat Alex up. The doctors should have stopped it.”

“I went into that fight injured. Badly injured,” he continued. “I had a cortisone shot in my knee. I was actually only able to train for like three days for the fight. I had to cut weight in horrible shape. I had blown up to like 300 pounds. It was a lot of different contributing factors for me not being in the best shape I should have been in like I am always in. I was so over weight and fat. But even so, I knew that I would take him down and finish him in the first round. I nearly did that but I was my own worse enemy as I gassed out. Usually I am in shape. I was my own worse enemy and I think everything happens for a reason.”

Check out Morgan’s complete interview with The MMA Report below and be sure to check out all of our coverage for CES MMA 33.