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Anthony Rocco Martin vs Sergio Moraes

Anthony Rocco Martin VS vs Sergio Moraes

After finding his best form since coming up from 155, Martin meets veteran Sergio Moraes in the equally crowded welterweight division.
Even though 36 years old Moraes has only lost to Kamaru Usman since 2012, his run is quite unimpressive and he has got some questionable decision wins. A jiu Jitsu world champion and high level black belt, he is a delight to watch on the ground, even though he prefers to strike most of the time. His striking is quite bad and he just swings for the fences usually.
After alternating wins and losses at lightweight, Martin decided to move up and he is a new fighter since then. Even though he appears not to cut much to make the weight being a relatively small welterweight, his height and reach allows him to compete on even terms with most of the roster. He is a nice and improving striker. He has a good jab and one of the cleanest straight right hands you will see in the UFC. He mixes up his kicks well too. Also a grappling standout, he boasts eight submission wins. More then threatening Moraes, what his gound game offers him here is to protect himself in case of finding himself on the matt with the Jiu Jitsu ace, but I do not think Moraes is gonna be able to take him down. I see a stand up battle in which Martin, who at 170 pounds pushes a hard pace and constantly pressures opposition, pieces up moraes with his much sharper striking eventually finding a stoppage down the road via punches. The pick is Martin to win via KO/TKO, and Martin to win straight at (-200) is my most confident play of the card. He should dominate this fight from beginning to end without much issue. I just do not see Moraes winning this affair. Expect Martin to put on an impressive performance and then call for a ranked opponent.