Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Morono – UFC on ESPN 24

| May 6, 2021 9:45 am PDT

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs, Alex Morono takes the headline slot at UFC on ESPN 24, also known as UFC Vegas 26, this Saturday, May 8 in Las Vegas. 

Morono steps up on short notice against the UFC fan favorite, standing in for Diego Sanchez following the departure of the veteran from the promotion. I’ll be touching upon how that could work against him on the night, as well as making predictions and my betting pick for Cerrone vs. Morono, in this preview.

If you’re betting on the fight at the APEX this weekend, I have the top odds and best bets for Cerrone vs. Morono to look at. These will be based upon how I see the fight going, and most importantly, who I believe is primed to take the win. 

Let’s start with my dog in this fight.

Cerrone vs. Morono – Who Wins?

  • Donald Cerrone by Decision

Cerrone is literally fighting for his career on the night.

This fight could not have come at a better time for Cowboy. Not only is Morono stepping up at short notice; he also lacks the type of explosive power that has been the downfall of the Colorado-native over the past few years.

I’ll get to the more technical reasons behind my pick for Cerrone vs. Morono after we take a short ramble through the odds and best bets for the fight.

Latest Odds for Cerrone vs. Morono

Donald Cerrone to Win-165
Alex Morono to Win+135

You can get odds of -165 for Cerrone to beat Morono with Bovada.

I’m certain there will be plenty of bettors happy to take that price. I mean, he might be passed his best, but Cowboy has a lot going for him in this fight. 

We have seen guys step up on short notice and fall on their faces, plenty of times over the years. The simple fact here is that Morono’s odds to beat Cerrone are a little on the short side, given that he has little time to prepare for his man. 

On the balance of things, Cowboy deserves to be the betting favorite for Cerrone vs. Morono. But let’s take a look at the top bets for the fight before you commit to wagering on either man.

Best Bets for Cerrone vs. Morono

Fight to End Over 2.5 Rounds-200
Cerrone to Win-165
Cerrone to Win by Decision+120

Despite Morono stepping in on short notice, I see the bout going the full 15 minutes. 

Therefore, a bet on the fight to end over 2.5 rounds is my first choice. Cerrone is a slow starter that will struggle to finish Morono, who has been knocked out just twice in 26 fights. 

You already know my betting pick for Cowboy vs. Morono. I see Cerrone winning this one by way of a unanimous decision, and the odds are solid enough to take for that wager. 

Finally, if you want to beef up your potential winnings, I recommend looking at Cerrone to win by decision.

Here’s why.

Why Cerrone Beats Morono

If you are 100% certain and unwavering when it comes to betting on Alex Morono to beat Donald Cerrone, we’re not on the same page.

The welterweight veteran is always a dangerous prospect, but I think there is a little disrespect being thrown Cowboy’s way right now. Sure, he might not be the fighter that he once was, but his recent record, under close inspection, isn’t as bad as you might think. 

Cerrone drew with Niko Price (before it was overturned to a no contest) in September. Before that, he lost four in a row. Doesn’t sound great, sure. But when you consider those losses came against Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, Conor McGregor, and Anthony Pettis, you can’t exactly say he stinks.

At 38, Cowboy is approaching the end of his trail. But as he showed against Price, he can still take a punch. He can still deal some out, too. And when it comes to fighting for his career against a guy that has stepped up on less than a week’s notice, he has more than enough left to win this fight.

But yeah. It’s probably not going to be by way of a knockout.

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This is not the only bout worth wagering on this weekend, of course. There are a few choice fights that could make you money, providing you make the right choices. My predictions and pick for Waterson vs. Rodriguez in the main event could be of interest, but make sure to check out the following section of our site to see what else catches your eye.

Enjoy the fights!

Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA and boxing.

A self-confessed sports fanatic, when Adam is not watching and writing about rugby, soccer, Gaelic Games, and F1, he can often be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a big fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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