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UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs Moreno Betting Odds and Preview

The UFC heads south of the border to Mexico City for UFC Fight Night 114. The main event features two fast-rising flyweights, Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno.

The co-main event pits super prospect Alexa Grasso against the incredibly tough Randa Markos. The main card also features plenty of intriguing names for attentive MMA fans with the likes of Alan Jouban, Niko Price, Martin Bravo and Rashad Evans taking the Octagon.

Sergio Pettis vs Brandon Moreno

Sergio Pettis (+140) is a technical striker who utilizes his footwork and angles to chip away at opponents. He’s not overly flashy in terms of arsenal but his meat-and-potatoes approach is refined beyond his years. He has some pop in his hands but is not going to be knocking out opponents. Pettis is all about chipping away methodically with his strikes.

The younger of the Pettis brothers has some solid takedown defense, as well. Since moving back down to flyweight, he has never been taken down more than twice in a fight and has a 78.6 percent takedown defense. Pettis can land a takedown when he wants to and has the ability to take advantage in a scramble but it’s secondary to his striking.

Brandon Moreno (-170) is a young, exciting prospect. Though many point to his submission game, which we will get to, “The Assassin Baby” is an underrated striker. His standup game is comprised largely of crisp boxing and combinations. Moreno never settles for throwing one punch, rather he strings together strikes in nice head-to-body combinations. That being said, he is fairly hittable because he likes to be in the pocket.

Though Moreno is known for his submissions, his grappling game is still relatively raw. His wrestling is serviceable and he excels when he can create scrambles on the mat. However, he does settle for low-percentage submissions often. Moreno does have a knack for taking opponents back and locking in the rear naked choke.

This is a fight between two up-and-comers who could be facing Demetrious Johnson sooner rather than later, which probably isn’t a good thing. Pettis is more refined while Moreno is more dynamic. This contrast in styles will dictate the fight and whoever can implement their game plan (clichéd, I know) should edge out a victory.

Randa Markos vs Alexa Grasso

Randa Markos (+130) is a tough, grinding fighter. “Quiet Storm” is an athletic marvel who mixes speed and power well. However, Markos doesn’t tend to throw enough volume but has a powerful right hand and some stiff kicks. She tends to stick with what works for her and doesn’t introduce many new aspects in the striking game.

Markos’ grappling game is all about being aggressive. In the clinch, she has some solid takedown skills. She will aggressively chase the takedown in hopes of getting the fight to the mat. Markos isn’t much to write home about in terms of defensive wrestling but has great scrambling skills once a fight hits the mat.

Alexa Grasso (-160) is a big, athletic fighter with some fantastic technical striking skills. Her entire family lives boxing and Grasso has been practicing the sweet science from a young age. She wades into the pocket, throws quick combinations and gets out before her opponent can retaliate. All that being said, Grasso looked tentative in her last fight against Felice Herrig and it ultimately cost her.  

Grasso is technically sound in terms of grappling. Much like her striking, she tends to be aggressive on the mat and will always look for submissions even from her back. She can land takedowns in the clinch on occasion but tends to want to keep the fight standing.

There is just something about Markos. Her athleticism, toughness and tenacity mean she is capable of winning any fight she is in. However, Grasso’s loss to Herrig feels like the type of defeat that makes a prospect better. If Grasso didn’t grow from that loss, Markos has the skills to grind out a victory.

UFC Fight Night 114: Pettis vs Moreno Betting Odds

Odds as of August 5 at Bovada

  • Sergio Pettis +140
  • Brandon Moreno -170
  • Randa Markos +130
  • Alexa Grasso -160
  • Alan Jouban -175
  • Niko Price +145
  • Martin Bravo -300
  • Humberto Bandenay +230
  • Sam Alvey -135
  • Rashad Evans +105
  • Alejandro Perez -125
  • Andre Soukhamthath -105
  • Bradley Scott +200
  • Jack Hermansson -260
  • Dustin Ortiz -190
  • Hector Sandoval +155
  • Henry Briones +175
  • Rani Yahya -225
  • Jose Quinonez -265
  • Diego Rivas +205
  • Joseph Morales +105
  • Roberto Sanchez -135
  • Alvaro Herrera +180
  • Jordan Rinaldi -230

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