Vince Morales
Vandetta

USA

Out
Injury Orbital
Est. Return 11/27/2020
Faces 180-day medical suspension
BantamweightUFC
Out
June 1, 2020
Morales must have his right orbital fracture cleared by a doctor or no contact until Nov. 27, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Morales lost to Chris Gutierrez via TKO in Round 2 last Saturday night in Las Vegas. His minimum suspension will be until July 15, so he will take some time to heal up and try to get his orbital fracture cleared by a doctor before November if possible.
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Struggles continue in Vegas
BantamweightUFC
Out
May 30, 2020
Morales lost to Chris Gutierrez via TKO (leg kicks) at 4:27 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Morales could not have looked any worse. Overwhelmed from the very start, Morales spent the entirety of the fight serving as a punching bag for Gutierrez. He had zero answers for his opposition's constant leg kicks and was unable to generate any significant offense of his own. Morales truly did not appear ready to fight on Saturday. Sporting a 1-3 record with the UFC, there's no guarantee Morales gets a fourth opportunity with the company.
In line for May 30 bout
BantamweightUFC
Out
May 21, 2020
Morales is expected to face Chris Gutierrez in a bantamweight matchup on the UFC's May 30 card, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While Morales came up short in his fight versus Benito Lopez last June, he had an argument to boost his UFC record to 2-1 after landing 10 more significant strikes than his opponent. Morales will aim to bounce back against Gutierrez, who stands two inches taller but sports a reach three inches shorter than Morales. That will likely play into Morales' strategy, as he looks to keep a distance in a bout the figures to feature plenty of punches.
Gets no love from Cali judges
BantamweightUFC
Out
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.
Stepping in against Benito Lopez
BantamweightUFC
Out
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
Out
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.