Omar Morales
Venezuelan Fighter

Venezuela

Out
Injury Thumb
Est. Return 9/25/2021
Dealing with various injuries
LightweightUFC
Out
March 29, 2021
Morales has been suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending medical clearance from right tibia and right thumb injuries, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Morales fought at UFC 260 on Saturday and defeated Shane Young via unanimous decision. However, he's now apparently dealing with various injuries that will require X-rays. If the X-rays are positive, he won't be able to compete in the next six months unless he's cleared by a doctor.
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Easily gets past Shane Young
LightweightUFC
Out
March 27, 2021
Morales defeated Shane Young via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 260 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Morales is the type of fighter who likes to slow down the pace and dismantle his opposition, and he did an excellent job of that in this one. A natural lightweight, Morales appeared to be twice Young's size and that led to him landing the more impactful shots throughout the course of the bout. A former member of Dana White's Contender Series, Morales has looked strong in his first four official UFC bouts, going 3-1. The only knock on the 35-year-old Venezuelan is that all three of those victories have come via decision. Morales should get a bit better opponent his next time out.
Will face Young after all
LightweightUFC
Out
March 26, 2021
Morales weighed in at 146 pounds for his scheduled featherweight matchup against Shane Young at UFC 260 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Reports earlier this week suggested that Morales was going to need a new opponent following an alleged withdrawal of Young due to COVID-19 protocol, but that no longer appears to be the case. Both Morales and Young made weight Friday afternoon, and Morales enters this matchup as an approximate (-190) betting favorite.
Needs new opponent
LightweightUFC
Out
March 21, 2021
Morales needs a new opponent for his scheduled bout at UFC 260 on March 27 after Shane Young had to withdraw due to COVID-19 protocols, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The UFC has already had to cancel and postpone two fights for UFC 260 because of positive COVID tests but thankfully they are trying to find Morales a replacement before Saturday's event. It's unclear who they have at the top of their list to step in as Morales looks to avenge himself from his defeat in October.
Paired against Shane Young
LightweightUFC
Out
February 19, 2021
Morales will fight Shane Young at UFC 260 on March 27, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Both fighters will be looking to bounce back from recent defeats. Morales fell by unanimous decision against Giga Chikadze and was handed a six-month medical suspension, though he's eventually been cleared to return slightly before that time will elapse. Young lasted just 76 seconds in his most recent fight, getting knocked out by Ludovit Klein in September.
Multiple injuries sustained
LightweightUFC
Out
October 13, 2020
Morales is facing a potential 180-day medical suspension due to elbow, leg and ankle injuries, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Morales has had a tough go of things lately, as both of his fights in 2020 have resulted in 180-day medical suspensions. Of course, he could always be cleared earlier with the proper medicals, which would require a MRI on his elbow and X-rays on his left leg and ankle. This will perhaps give Morales some time to get back to the drawing board, as he wasn't able to generate much offense Saturday for a fight in which he entered as the betting favorite.