- News confirmed that Diego Sanchez was released from his UFC contract last week.
- Sanchez was originally scheduled to compete against Donald Cerrone on May 8.
- Alex Morono has now been booked as Diego Sanchez’s replacement against Cerrone this weekend.
Over the past week, many in the MMA community have been discussing the news of Diego Sanchez being released from the UFC. There has been a real debate raging over who should be given the opportunity to step in to face Donald Cerrone. New reports indicate that Alex Morono has been chosen to be Diego Sanchez’s replacement this weekend.
Alex Morono is a solid fighter. Some major credit needs to be given to Donald Cerrone for agreeing to this fight on short notice. Now is the perfect time to look at the details of this exciting welterweight clash.
Let’s get into it!
The Diego Sanchez-UFC Feud Continues
Back in April of 2005, Diego Sanchez made his UFC debut and became the first official winner of The Ultimate Fighter. Diego went on to have one of the most legendary careers in the sport. He is known for putting on incredible fights and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame for his thrilling bout against Clay Guida back in 2009.
In 2019, something changed in Diego’s career. It was that year that he left the famed Jackson/Wink gym and began training under a new coach. Many instantly began criticizing this coach for his unusual practice methods.
This change of coaches didn’t seem to benefit Diego. He was soundly defeated by Michael Chiesa in July of 2019. He then earned a controversial disqualification win over Michel Perreira. Prior to the DQ blow, however, Sanchez was being easily defeated. Most recently, Diego Sanchez was dominated against Jake Matthews.
Last week, news broke that Diego Sanchez was removed from his May 8 bout against Donald Cerrone. It was then confirmed that he was released from the UFC. Sanchez, or more likely his coach, has been actively feuding with the UFC over social media since that time.
This has been one of the most unusual situations in the history of the UFC. A coach has never been as responsible for the downfall of a fighter’s career like Diego’s has been. It’s unclear whether or not any major promotions will be willing to sign Diego moving forward.
Donald Cerrone has been caught in the middle of this situation. Fortunately, “Cowboy” has his next fight in the UFC lined up.
The UFC Confirms Alex Morono as Diego Sanchez’s Replacement
Many MMA fans were excited to hear that Donald Cerrone and Diego Sanchez would finally be stepping into the Octagon. These men were training partners for many years. Some real bad blood has developed between them in recent years and fans were expecting an entertaining battle this Saturday.
Diego Sanchez has been scrapped from this fight. The UFC then quickly began looking at possible opponents willing to step in to face Cerrone. Today, news broke that Alex Morono has been booked as Diego Sanchez’s replacement for the fight on Saturday.
Morono is known as an action fighter. He is coming off a loss to Anthony Pettis but held his own for much of that bout. He should represent an excellent test for Donald Cerrone, who appears to be nearing the end of his fighting career.
Many fans are now heading over to BetOnline to wager on this matchup. At the moment, Donald Cerrone is listed as the -140 against Morono. Cerrone is an expert kickboxer with a highly underrated grappling arsenal.
Alex Morono is as tough as they come. He isn’t the most technical fighter in the UFC, but can take massive shots to give some of his own. The Texan comes into this fight as the +120 underdog and will need to be on his game in order to defeat his veteran opponent.
This should be an extremely exciting bout for fans around the world. It’s now been confirmed that Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez will headline this event!
Breaking Down the Odds on Waterson vs. Rodriguez
This Saturday’s UFC event has been shaken up over the past couple of weeks. Cory Sandhagen and TJ Dillashaw were originally expected to compete in the main event of this card. TJ was forced off the event due to a cut sustained in training.
The UFC instantly started looking for a suitable replacement fight to serve as the main event. There were several to choose from on the card. It has now been confirmed that Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez will now headline the event.
Waterson is a real veteran of MMA and had a career-best performance over Angela Hill in her most recent bout. She’s a talented kickboxer with strong submission skills. In this fight, Waterson is listed as the +180 underdog.
Marina Rodriguez shocked fans back in January by earning a knockout win over Amanda Ribas. Many now believe she is one of the top contenders for the strawweight title. BetOnline gives Marina odds of -210 to get the job done on Saturday.
This entire event is loaded with incredible matchups. Many are curious to see how Alex Morono fares as Diego Sanchez’s replacement against Cerrone. Stay tuned for a recap of all the action after the fights.
Are you excited to see Cerrone vs. Morono? Who do you think wins between Waterson and Rodriguez? Let us know in the comments section below.