Max Griffin vs. Alex Morono Added to UFC Tampa

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The Sunshine state will feel the pain when Max ‘Pain’ Griffin faces Alex Morono at UFC Tampa this October.

The UFC’s next trip to sunny Florida will include a promising welterweight scrap. On Tuesday, Cageside Press confirmed that a fight between 170lb’ers Max Griffin and Alex Morono had been signed for the card with a source with knowledge of the booking. MMA Junkie first reported the news. The UFC Tampa fight has not yet been officially announced by the promotion.

Griffin (15–6) last fought in April, where he snapped a two-fight losing skid by earning a majority decision against Zelim Imadaev. It’s worth noting that one fight prior, Griffin had traveled to Fortaleza, Brazil, losing a split decision to local hero Thiago Alves, in a fight that many thought Griffin had won.

In his past four bouts, Max Griffin is 2-2 under the UFC banner, with wins over Imadaev and Mike Perry, and losses to Alves and Curtis Millender.

Opponent Alex Morono (16–5 (1)) will enter UFC Tampa on a two-fight win streak. In his last two trips to the octagon, Morono has earned wins over Zak Ottow and Kenan Song. The Houston-based welterweight is 5-2, 1NC overall in the UFC.

UFC Tampa, a.k.a. UFC Fight Night 161 / UFC on ESPN+ 19, takes place on October 12, 2019 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson are expected to headline the event.