UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs Waterson: Donald Cerrone vs Alex Morono -Prediction and Analysis

Published 05/08/2021, 4:52 AM EDT
Cerrone faces Morono this weekend


UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs Waterson will see an intriguing welterweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Alex Morono. ‘Cowboy’ will look to bounce back as he hasn’t won in his last 5 fights. He will look to turn his skid around, but his back will be against the wall as Alex Morono is a short-notice replacement.

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Morono is coming off a decision loss against former UFC lightweight champion and current PFL star, Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis. ‘The Great White’ last defeated Rhys McKee in November 2020. He was knocked out by Khaos Williams at UFC 247 prior to that. A UFC veteran since 2016, Morono has won 7 out of his 12 fights in the UFC, losing 4.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 14: (R-L) Alex Morono punches Rhys McKee of Northern Ireland in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Cerrone is a multiple record holder in the history of the UFC. However, his recent skid has jeopardized his career and he could be on borrowed time in the UFC.

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The fight against Morono will be Cerrone’s 55th fight as a professional. ‘Cowboy’, who has a massive 27 finishes under his resume (10 T/KO, 17 submissions), will be determined to get back to the win column against Morono.

Donald Cerrone vs Alex Morono: Analysis

Morono has a professional record of 18-7 with 11 finishes. 5 T/KO and 6 submissions rack up his finish tally. He has some first-round finishes in his career, but that’s not a very significant aspect of his game. Cerrone, who is known as a slow starter, can be a problem for anyone once he weathers the early storm. ‘Cowboy’ has been knocked out only once in his career.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 17: Welterweight fighters Conor McGregor (L) and Donald Cerrone shake hands during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 246 at Park Theater at Park MGM on January 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Also, Cerrone might have lost 4 of his last 5 fights, but those were against only champions of the promotion. He just doesn’t lose to any opponent at all. And given Morono is not a first-round knockout artist, Cerrone should be able to build as the fight goes. That will cause Morono problems as he is taking the fight on short notice.

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Cerrone should be able to counter Morono’s willingness to take the fight to the ground. And it’s very hard to imagine ‘Cowboy’ being submitted. So, a decision win looks likely for Cerrone.

Final Prediction: Donald ‘Cowboy‘ Cerrone by unanimous decision.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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