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Alex Morono vs Zak Ottow

Alex Morono VS Zak Ottow

“The Great White” Morono meets “The Barbarian” at welterweight both coming from a win in their respective last fights.
Ottow has alternated wins and losses throughout his UFC career. He is a gatekeeper at best at 170. His striking is pretty basic and he has a very suspect chin. The way he avoids and reacts to punches is almost comical. He has a decent ground game and his gameplan in a lot of his fights is to try to get the fight down to at least earn a decision. Other than that he is nothing special. Feels like he is almost lucky to still be part of the roster to be honest. His wins in the UFC are three split decisions and a knockout over Mike Pyle. Let that sink in.
Morono is a solid fighter. What he lacks in athleticism he substitutes with heart and passion. Alex is the type of guy to be solid all around where nothing stands out. Decent striking, decent ground game, iron will and a good chin. He is notorious for always bringing the fight to his rivals and when he wins he tends to do it by finish. He only has four decision wins among his fourteen victories, and those came against very durable guys like Kenan Song and Moontasri. He is not the type of fighter to get finished either. If you defeat Alex Morono you will know you have been in a fight after unless you can drag him down to the matt and control him.
How does this fight play out? Morono will bring the fight to Ottow from the get going and look for a knockout. Ottow´s best chance is to find reactive takedowns and try to steal two rounds for a decision win. Morono has expressed his intentions of finishing Ottow here and he will certainly putt he pressure on him. I just do not see Ottow being able to keep Morono off him and I do not think he will get the takedowns he needs to slow the pace. The pick here is Morono to stop Ottow after forcing him to retreat into the fence. Morono will not stop coming and Ottow simply cannot cope with punishment well, and he would need to do it to win this fight. Morono is listed as a 2 to 1 favourite and rightfully so. Morono to win inside the distance is the pick here. Anything over (+225) holds very good value.