UFC 260 Betting Pick: Shane Young vs Omar Morales

This fight has been called off and put back on the UFC 260 fight card a couple of times already. I started writing it up, stopped, started, stopped, and here we are again.

If they don’t fight, it’s too bad because I really like one side of the contest.

Shane Young is coming off of a devastating knockout at the hands of filthy striking newcomer Ludovit Klein.

Shane went hard with the Haka at the weigh ins and Klein just stood there. In the fight, though, it was all one way traffic with the latter landing a head kick shortly into the fight for the big win. He was the underdog in this one, too!

Watch out for Ludovit Klein in the future, y’all.

I think Shane Young is a very tough guy who does throw with volume. That is the big word for him and Omar Morales is going to have to either get the Maori’s respect with his power edge or throw with more volume himself.

BetOnline.AG has the betting odds for this fight. Let’s take a look at those and make our prediction on a winner/round total/method of victory.

Omar Morales (-180) vs Shane Young (+160)

Omar Morales is a man that fights with an incredible amount of heart and pride. He is from Venezuela. What has been and is going on in his home country is one of the saddest situations on the planet.

I won’t go into details as I’m sure you could do your own research on this one but over time, Venezuela-a country RICH in oil, was the 5th largest economy in the world.

Now, they are the 5th smallest. It makes me so sad. My girlfriend is from Venezuela and she has told me some horror stories I know I will never forget.

I first saw Omar fight when I took Gabriel Benitez as a decent sized dog coming up a weight class to 155 to get the win. Benitez is a very good striker with some of the hardest pound for pound Thai kicks in the UFC.

It worked against him, though, when he fought Morales who either checked one to the leg or perhaps one was taken off of the arm but Mogly split his shin and it really limited him after that.

Morales won because he was the bigger man, more or less but Mogly is pretty good so I don’t take too much away from him there.

Please Note:
The Venezuelan star has now since cut down to the 145 pound weight class. He was a pretty good sized 55er so I don’t know how he is making the Featherweight limit but he does. He made his first trip down to 45 in his previous fight against Giga Chikadze. The Georgian striker Giga is huge for 45 as well and I tell you guys, everyone was on Morales in this fight and I felt like I had my own little island. Chikadze is a GLORY Kickboxing level striker who had a reach advantage on Morales but Giga was somehow the underdog.

I guess it is because of the takedown threat from Morales but we never saw it come to fruition. He could employ the takedown against Young which would be a genius move but I think he is going to strike with the wildman.

Either way, I really like Morales here. The difference should be his kicks. I don’t really want to see him pocket boxing with Young. Just stay back and throw power kicks as he walks in on you. That is what I would tell Omar if I was his coach.

I am not, though. The now MMA coaching legend Henri Hooft is seen here holding the suitcase pad for Omar and letting him work his kicks off of pressure and his own jab.

Even though I have bet against Morales twice but with him as the betting favorite, I am going to take him again here. It has only been 4.5 months since Shane Young was brutally knocked out. That isn’t good plus I think he will be at a physicality and technical disadvantage against the Venezuelan Vanisher, Omar Morales.

Whether or not Omar gets the finish is a tough call. Young is super durable but is coming off of a KO loss. Plus, Morales can be very low volume on the feet which will likely lead to him winning a decision either 30-27 or 29-28.

The Bets
Morales

In Conclusion

These are a couple of gamers and we could possibly have a fight of the night on our hands. I am not hoping for it, though, because I just told you guys to take Morales on the moneyline.

I think Omar wins this fight 3 out of 4 times. I think he has the size advantage, the skill advantage, the wrestling advantage, as well as the durability advantage with Young coming off of a terrible KO loss.

Young is also traveling a long way or at least we can say he is a long way from home and the time difference is not going to feel normal at all.

I think Omar establishes his jab early, followed by the low kick, and then possibly a takedown to seal the round.

Rinse, repeat.

Get your bets in now and enjoy the scraps on Saturday night at UFC 260!

Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.