UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Moises- Khalid Taha vs Sergey Morozov: Prediction and Analysis

Published 07/16/2021, 2:15 AM EDT


Khalid Taha will take on Sergey Morozov in an exciting bantamweight clash at UFC Vegas 31 which will see a lightweight clash between Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moises serve as the headliner. The promotion will return to action at the UFC Apex after an extremely successful event at the T-Mobile Arena with UFC 264. 

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The UFC’s bantamweight division is stacked with some incredible talent. Both Taha and Morozov are currently unranked at 135-pounds and will aim to take a step towards a ranking with a win this weekend.

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Ahead of the bout, we inspect the strengths and weaknesses of both men involved in the fight and map out a possible route for victory. 

Khalid Taha vs Sergey Morozov in the bantamweight division will be an exciting fight at UFC Vegas 31 

Khalid Taha, who made his UFC debut in July 2018, has fought four times in the UFC where he has one win, two losses, and one no-contest. In his most recent outing, he succumbed to a decision loss against Raoni Barcelos in November 2020. Hence, he will be aiming to get back into the win column this weekend against a relatively inexperienced fighter in Morozov. 

Morozov did not have the start to his UFC career that he would have hoped for. The Kazakhstani succumbed to a loss against Umar Nurmagomedov in January. Hence, he will be aiming to get back into the win column and establish himself in the UFC with a win over Taha. 

The Warrior’ is a heavy hitter and has secured an impressive 69% of his wins via T/KO. He has landed an impressive 2.13 significant strikes per minute in the UFC. However, as he has absorbed a concerning 3 significant strikes per minute, it could be his downfall against Morozov. 

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Morozov has landed 0.81 significant strikes per minute and has absorbed 2.89 in return. These figures, however, are not an accurate representation of his skill set, given he has fought only once in the UFC. Morozov will aim to prove himself with a much better display in his second fight with the promotion. Taha’s leaky defense could help him here. 

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Prediction:- Sergey Morozov via decision

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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