UFC 260 Preliminary Card: Shane Young vs Omar Morales- Prediction and Analysis

Published 03/26/2021, 8:43 AM EDT


UFC featherweight Shane Young and Omar Morales are set to open out the preliminary card for UFC 260 in Vegas. The aforementioned 145-pound fighters always go out and give a good account of themselves, and fans are excited about the scrap. The showcase of the preliminary card opener is optimal for viewership, and plenty of opportunities are on the horizon.

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The 145-pound title would have been on the line as Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega was originally scheduled on the card. However, with COVID-19 sidelining the Australian champion, the title fight will go down at a later date. Young and Morales have showcased skills in their pro career thus far that point towards a potential title run.

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UFC 260: Shane Young vs Omar Morales

Shane Young is 2-2 in his last four fights and is coming off a loss to Ludovit Klein in his last outing at UFC 253. Young has the distinction of having faced the former champion Alexander Volkanovski all the way back in 2017. With experience fighting some elite-level talent at 145-pounds, Shane Young believes his growth can carry him to a rematch with Volkanovski.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Ludovit Klein of Slovakia kicks Shane Young of New Zealand in their featherweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Young is well-rounded in all aspects of the game, and he’s able to mix in his striking with his wrestling. On the ground, Young is crafty and has pulled off some slick submissions when the going gets tough. His entry into close range will have to be carefully executed as Omar Morales is lethal with his explosive strikes.

The Venezuelan Fighter’ is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Giga Chikadze in his last fight in October. Morales was undefeated at 10-0 prior to the loss, and he’s been a consistent finisher under the bright lights. His experience outside the UFC, fighting for Bellator MMA and LAC proves that he’s battle-tested for someone like Young.

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Omar Morales has finishes across a large majority of his early wins, however, he’s faced adversity against top competition. However, for the most part, his ability to convince the judges of the effectiveness of his power shots is excellent.

Prediction: Omar Morales to claim a unanimous decision victory

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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