Alex Morono Steps In to Fight David Zawada at UFC FN 191, Opens as Sizeable Betting Favorite

David Zawada vs Alex Morono

  • Alex Morono has opened as the -205 betting favorite against David Zawada.
  • Morono accepted the fight on two-weeks notice after Zawada’s original opponent Sergey Khandozkho withdrew from the bout.
  • Zawada was supposed to be the odds on favorite against Khandozkho but will now be the -165 bottom dog against Morono. 

Former Legacy FC welterweight champion Alex Morono has opened as the -205 betting favorite against David Zawada for his short notice fight at UFC Fight Night 191 on September 4th.

The bout is just the latest one announced for an event that has seen at least six changes since the fight card was originally announced. With two weeks before the event, the UFC was fortunate Morono agreed to fight on short notice.

Khandozkho out, Morono in

Zawada was supposed to fight Sergey Khandozkho in the event but the latter pulled out of the fight due to unknown reasons. Because of that, Zawada will move from being the -135 betting favorite in his original bout to a +155 underdog against Morono.

The former Respect FC and Shooto Kings welterweight champion had dropped three out of his last four bouts while being listed as the betting underdog in all four contests. However, Zawada could’ve been easily 3-1 during that span as two of the losses were by razor-thin split decision.

Meanwhile, Morono has split time between underdog and favorite in his last seven bouts. In his most recent outing, the 31-year old from Houston, Texas upset Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone via first round knockout as a +150 betting underdog. One fight before that, he lost via unanimous decision to former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis as a sizeable 2/1 underdog.

Updated UFC Fight Night 191 Card

With Morono’s addition, the UFC Vegas 36/ UFC Fight Night 191 updated fight card looks very much different from the one originally announced by the promotion. The most notable subtraction is Alexander Gustaffson who was supposed to fight Paul Craig in his second bout since coming back from retirement. Gus withdrew from the event last week with an undisclosed injury.

Meanwhile, Jack Shore will also have a new opponent in Liudvik Sholinian after his replacement opponent Zviad Lazishvili go injured and was cut by the UFC. Shore was initially booked to a pick’em fight with Said Nurmagomedov before the latter ran into visa issues and had to withdraw from the event. He was then listed as a -260 betting favorite against Lazishvili. Now, Shore will be an even bigger -285 favorite against Sholinian.

Like Nurmagomedov, Leone Murphy encountered visa issues and has been replaced by Julian Erosa who has opened as a +140 underdog against Charles Jourdain who is now the -170 betting favorite at BetOnline. On the other hand, the flyweight bout between Alex Perez and Matt Schnell has been moved to December 4th while the Volkan Oezdemir vs Magomed Ankalaev bout was shifted to UFC 267.

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Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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