UFC ON ABC 4: Means vs Morono 05/13/2023 – Welterweights Tim Means and Alex Morono lock horns in the main card of UFC On ABC 4 on Saturday, May 13, at the Spectrum Center at Charlotte, North Carolina. Means and Morono are looking to bounce back from their previous setbacks and boost their stock in the 170-pound division. Initial UFC betting figures place Morono as the favorite in the three-round encounter although Means has proven oddsmakers wrong in some occasions due to his striking skills and ability to withstand punishment.
UFC ON ABC 4: Means vs Morono 05/13/2023
|When:||Saturday, May 13, 3:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA|
|Stream:||UFC Fight Pass|
Means (32-14-1, 1 NC; 14-11, 1 NC UFC) is looking to bounce back from losses against Kevin Holland and Max Griffin and boost his chances of gaining more fights in the octagon. The Wilburton, Oklahoma native has landed 4.91 significant strikes per minute and has an accuracy of 48%. He has absorbed 3.58 strikes per minute and defended 60% of the attempted strikes against him. Grappling wise, Means is proficient in takedowns, norming 1.13 per 15 minutes. His takedown defense is also outstanding at 65%. He has 24 fighters in his career, with 19 coming by way of knockout.
Morono (22-8, 1 NC; 11-5, 1 NC UFC) had his four-fight winning streak broken by Santiago Ponzinibbio in December 2022. The fighter known as “The Great White” steps into the octagon, looking to redeem himself from that loss and improve his chances of facing better foes in the future. Morono has been good in striking with an average of 5.22 significant strikes per minute and he was able to absorb 4.09 strikes per minute. His defense against strikes is also good at 57%. Morono, however, has a weakness in grappling as he has a low takedown accuracy of just 20% and has connected 0.3 takedown per 15 minutes. His takedown defense is 53%, which he will try to rely on when he faces Means. Morono has stopped 12 of his foes, with six coming by way of knockout and the remaining were submissions.
Means vs Morono Betting Numbers
|Record||29-11-1 1 NC||17-5-0 1 NC|
|Win by KO/TKO||9%||27%|
|Win by Submission||16%||27%|
|Strikes landed per minute||4.82||4.26|
|Striking absorbed per minute||3.31||2.69|
Means vs Morono Betting Picks
Means have fought with the veterans and has excelled in his career in the octagon. He steps up again inside the cage to earn another win and break his two-fight slide. Morono, on the other hand, looks to bounce back from his previous setback in December and improve on his rankings in the 170-pound division. The fight could steal the show as Means has been involved in several skirmishes and has won Performance of the Night bonus twice. On the other hand, Morono has received Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night bonuses in his previous matches as he will try to strike another one. MMA oddsmakers are expecting an exciting bout between the two fighters as Means is tabbed as a slight underdog to Morono in this encounter.