July 29, 2022 1:27 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Alex Morono vs Matt Semelsberger at UFC 277

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When is UFC 277? Sunday 30th July, 2022 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 277? American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC 277? Click here to buy tickets for UFC 277

What channel is UFC 277 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 277? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


Alex Morono (21-7(1)) is riding a three-fight win streak 15 fights deep into his UFC tenure. He was coming off a unanimous decision loss to Anthony Pettis (2020) before kicking off the streak with the biggest win of his career. He capitalized on a checked-out Donald Cerrone (2021) TKOing him in the first round. He has since followed that up with unanimous decisions over David Zawada and Mickey Gall the same year.

Matt Semelsberger (10-3) walks out for his sixth UFC fight at 29 years old. We are not sure how high his ceiling is, but he certainly brings the entertainment. After starching Jason Witt (2021) 16 seconds into the fight, he ran into Khaos Williams (2021) losing a unanimous decision. He then took just 15 seconds to fold Martin Sano Jr (2021) who had no right to be on the UFC 266 card and he followed that up with a brilliant unanimous decision win over AJ Fletcher back in March.


Both these guys have very heavy hands and we expect a lot of leather to be exchanged here. Morono is extremely well-rounded with a black belt in taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu with a lot more experience than Semelsberger.

However, Morono rarely calls upon his grappling and Semelsberger is the bigger man and hits like a truck. He will also have a three-inch reach advantage and you can expect him to utilize it by maintaining the distance and picking Morono apart from range setting up his power right hand.

Morono is durable, but there will only be so many clean blows he can absorb. If he enforces his will to dictate where the fight goes and tries to get the fight to the floor, we would back him. However, we expect him to stand and trade which will play right into Semelsberger’s hands.

Prediction: Semelsberger via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Value Bet: Morono to win

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