Vince Morales
Vandetta

USA

Gets no love from Cali judges
BantamweightUFC
July 13, 2019
Morales lost to Benito Lopez via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
ANALYSIS
Morales has every right to be upset after that decision. Stepping in for an injured Martin Day on less than a month's notice, Morales started strong and finished strong. He was far less effective in Round 2, but he likely deserved the judge's call after landing 67 total strikes compared to 54 from Lopez, in what was essentially a 15-minute kickboxing match. Morales falls to 1-2 in his brief UFC run.
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Stepping in against Benito Lopez
BantamweightUFC
June 24, 2019
Morales will face Benito Lopez at UFC Sacramento on July 13, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lopez had been set to face Martin Day, but the bout was scrapped after Day wound up requiring knee surgery. Morales has a 1-1 record since joining the UFC, most recently defeating Aiemann Zahabi by unanimous decision in May. He'll concede three-inch height and reach advantages to Lopez, who is also more than three years younger. The two fighters have went to decision a combined three times in four opportunities with the company.
Pulls upset for first UFC win
BantamweightUFC
May 4, 2019
Morales defeated Aiemann Zahabi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Ottawa.
ANALYSIS
Good for Morales. Without a notable victory in his entire career, the American entered Saturday's bout as a significant underdog (+155) and pulled the upset in Canadian territory. While Morales didn't do a ton on the feet in this one (59/194 in total strikes landed), he managed to stuff 4-of-5 Zahabi takedown attempts to earn the win. There's an extreme probability this will go down as the highlight of Morales's career.
Scheduled to face Zahabi in Ottawa
BantamweightUFC
February 20, 2019
Morales will face up with Aiemann Zahabi at UFC Ottawa on May 4, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Morales is coming off a loss in his first career UFC bout against Song Yadong via unanimous decision in Beijing, but he'll move to the Western Hemisphere for his follow up at UFC Ottawa. Zahabi comes in the fight relatively inexperienced as well, carrying a 1-1 record in UFC after losing to Ricardo Ramos at UFC 217 in November.
Provides test for Chinese propsect
BantamweightUFC
November 24, 2018
Morales lost to Song Yadong via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night 141 on Saturday in Beijing, China.
ANALYSIS
Morales was certainly in this fight, but never really came close to winning it. Yadong controlled the fight from start to finish with his striking. Morales could not get into range to land strikes. Whenever he came forward he would eat strikes, so he spent most of the fight on his bicycle circling around the cage. Morales had his moments, but he did not have the technical ability to land meaningful strikes against the Chinese prospect.
Bounces back from Contender Series loss with victory at Bellator 205
BantamweightUFC
September 21, 2018
Morales defeated Justin Hugo via unanimous decision (30-25, 20-27, 29-27) at Bellator 205 on Friday in Boise, Idaho.
ANALYSIS
Morales fought for a UFC contract on the most recent season of Dana White's Contender Series and came up short. He was a big favorite in this fight against a fighter with a losing record. Morales had a big advantage in the speed department. He was able to jump in with strikes and jump out before eating counters. Hugo deserves credit for holding up as long as he did, but this fight was all Morales start to finish.