UFC on ESPN+ 41: Alex Morono vs. Rhys McKee Play-by-Play

After a loss in his UFC debut, Rhys McKee returned on Saturday to fight Alex Morono. Their fight went like this.

Bout 2: Alex Morono (17-6) vs. Rhys McKee (10-3-1) (Welterweight)

McKee was wailing hard punches early that weren’t landing. Morono connected with a few punches in the opening moment of the fight. Morono stopped a takedown in the second round of the fight. Damage was showing on McKee’s face from punches from Morono which were connecting early. Morono put McKee against the cage in a clinch halfway through the round. McKee’s reach advantage allowed him to connect with jabs. Morono landed a series of hooks while in a clinch with McKee. McKee put Morono against the cage in the fourth minute of the round. McKee seemingly got hurt by punches late in the round, backing up to the cage after Morono connected with a series of punches.

McKee continued to connect with his jab in the second round. Morono was able to score a takedown in the third minute, although McKee was quick to return to the feet and get back to striking. Morono was still landing his punches, although he wasn’t connecting as much as the round before.

McKee was good early in the third round, connecting with punches to the head and body opf Morono. Morono scored a takedown in the third minute of the fight. McKee got back to his feet within the minute. A short timeout was called so McKee could put his mouthpiece back in. The pause was longer than usual as the mouthpiece fell outside of the cage and into a crevice of it. The fight eventually resumed with the same pace of striking as before. Morono was able to land a takedown in the fourth minute of the round. Morono moved into full mount with 30 seconds left in the round. He landed a few strikes from the position before the fight ran out of time. Morono won after three rounds of action (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).

RESULT: Alex Morono def. Rhys McKee via Decision, Unanimous

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Morono 10 10 10 30
McKee 9 9 9 27

 

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