Alex Morono defeats Reese Macy

Alex Morono and Rhys McKee, UFC Vegas 14
Las Vegas, Nevada – November 14: (RL) Alex Morono punches Rhys Macy from Northern Ireland in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Butary / Zuffa LLC)

With more than 100 hits thrown in the first round only, Alex Morono made sure Rhys McKee didn’t take part in the fight at UFC Vegas 14.

Alex Morono and Rhys McKee were looking for their first win of 2020 in UFC Vegas 14. For Mackie, this match is even more friendly for him after his promotional debut was against prospective rookie Khamzat Chimaev earlier this year . Before debuting, McKee was prominent in both Cage Warriors and BAMMA, winning the Lightweight Championship in the latter. He entered the fight with a 10-3-1 record with seven knockouts and three shows.

Morono struggled with ups and downs in his UFC career, winning his first two matches with a promotion before losing three of the next four. He’s back on the right track with a triple winning streak, most notably the win over Max Griffin. However, he was looking to recover from a quick knockout to Jose Williams at Saturday’s event.

Maki started the fight with a few strokes and Morono answered with a pair of leg kicks. The battle was going at a frantic pace with both men pushed into action. Morono supports Maki with a strong mix before trading the punches. Morono remained consistent with his jab, then swinging around his connecting right hand, avoiding removal in the process. Maki ate another right hook. It was a good start for Morono, who changed things with a mix featuring capital letters. Morono was then forced to grab and then hit him with his right hand upon the exit. Maki tried to snatch Muay Thai to slow Morono, but he ate about five punches while holding him. Morono kept pressing and forced Mackie to snatch again. Late in the tour, Macy got a heavy makeup, but was sent stumbling backwards with a chain of right hands. Morono continued, but Mackie thwarted enough of the attack to see another round.

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Maki started the second round with a long kick and Morono hit low kicks. After throwing more than 100 hits in the first round, Morono slowed enough for Macki to catch up. A heavy blow was the key to Maki’s attack, but midway through, Morono cracked Maki with a powerful blow that marked a knee to the head. This was followed by a short removal and continued swinging when they got back to the feet. Mackie remained diligent with a jab, connecting at a high rate, but Morono’s strength and size had a number on McKee.

Once again, Macy’s hit started the round. Morono landed with his right hand twisting and was making sure Maki ate several punches each time they got together. Macy started pushing the pace for Morono, which was slowing down. The shot stung Morono’s body, which responded with a successful removal. Maki worked his way back, then Macy’s tongue fell through the cage causing a rather long pause in the work. It took a long time to recover the mouthpiece, so both fighters began shooting when they got back on it. Morono burst into the body and then scored a takedown 90 seconds before the end of the match. Maki was looking for transmissions from below, but Morono pushed it and stopped. He ended the fight with a heavy weight from the ground and a pound from a mountain.

Alex Morono Dev. Reese Macy by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

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