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Alex Morono-Joaquin Buckley Pick, Prediction and Odds
Alex Morono: +145 | Joaquin Buckley: -175
In the men’s welterweight division, Alex Morono battles Joaquin Buckley as a +145 underdog. After a loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio last December, Morono rebounded with a submission win over Tim Means in May. Buckley rebounded from a December loss with a knockout win over Andre Fialho in May of this year.
Morono has a 23-8 professional record featuring six knockouts and seven submissions. In defeat, he has been knocked out thrice. His diverse martial arts background includes a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and kickboxing. Morono lands 5.20 significant strikes per minute while absorbing just 4.14, and he scores 0.29 takedowns per bout while defending them at 50%. His level of competition leaves a little bit to be desired, but Morono has answered most questions in the UFC, going 5-1 in his last six fights.
Buckley has a 16-6 professional record featuring 12 knockouts. In defeat, he has been knocked out four times. Buckley generally prefers to stand and trade, and he lands 3.76 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.42, but he has a wrestling background. On the mat, he averages 1.43 takedowns on average with 66% takedown defense.
Both fighters have skills on the feet and the ground with a solid level of competition. Buckley will have a four-inch reach advantage, but he has yet to face a submission artist like Morono. Morono also has solid defense across the board, which makes him a live underdog at +145.