MMA Preview – Anthony Pettis vs Alex Morono at UFC Vegas 17

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When is UFC Vegas 17? Saturday 19th December, 2020 - 22:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 17? UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 17? No tickets are available as this event will take place without spectators

What channel is UFC Vegas 17 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 17? 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!


The former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (23-10) is back at welterweight again after his glamour fight and unanimous decision win over Donald Cerrone. That win made it 10-9 in the UFC fighting a who’s who’ of killers and former champions but he is still prepared to take on lesser-known names as he continues to float between divisions.

Alex Morono (18-6) does not have the same name-power as most of Pettis’ opponents but he is very dangerous and experienced which makes this an odd fight for Pettis to take. He is 7-3(1) in the UFC and is also coming off a dominant win earning a unanimous decision over Rhys McKee. This was in response to that brutal knockout loss dished out by Khaos Williams snapping an impressive three-fight win streak.


This is a great fight to kick-off the main card. Morono has everything to gain with a win over Pettis and It could kickstart a great run in the division. He is the underdog, but he has all the tools to win. Pettis has much more valuable experience but he has taken a lot of damage in recent fights and a loss could push him into ‘gatekeeper’ status.

We should expect a fast-paced battle on the feet and Morono has the power to cause a lot of problems. However, despite Pettis being past his prime, his technique has not gone and he has more weapons to get the win.

He should win the stand-up battle over the course of three rounds and also has a superior ground game to call upon if needed.

Prediction: Pettis via Decision

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