Vince Morales

Vince Morales[1] (born November 12, 1990) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional mixed martial artist since 2015, Morales has also competed in Bellator.

Vince Morales
Vince Morales.jpg
BornVince Morales[1]
(1990-11-12) November 12, 1990 (age 32)
Caldwell, Idaho, United States
Other namesVandetta
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Reach70 in (178 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofOntario, Oregon, United States
TeamFreak-Jitsu (until 2020)[3]
Syndicate MMA (2020–present)[4]
RankBlue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[5]
Years active2015–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission2
By decision3
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Morales grew up in Ontario, Oregon and started wrestling while attending Ontario High School.[6] Despite going winless in wrestling in his freshman year and halfway of the sophomore year, he ended becoming a state champion in his senior year.[7] Morales attended Boise State University for a spell, but dropped out due to family issues.[6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Morales made his MMA debut at featherweight against Joseph Cleveland on May 15, 2015 at FSF - Front Street Fights 5. He won the fight via submission with a rear-naked choke in the first round.[8]

Following his MMA debut, Morales mainly fought within the Idaho regional MMA circuit, competing within organisations such as King of the Cage and Front Street Fights, wherein he held the organisation's featherweight title.[9]

Bellator MMAEdit

Morales made his Bellator debut at featherweight on May 20, 2016 against Hamilton Ash at Bellator 155.[10] He won the fight via knockout with punches in the third round.[11]

Morales faced Justin Hugo at bantamweight on September 21, 2018 at Bellator 205.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

Dana White's Contender SeriesEdit

Morales faced Domingo Pilarte on July 17, 2018 at Dana White's Contender Series 13. He lost the fight via technical submission via rear-naked choke.[14]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Replacing injured Frankie Saenz on short notice, Morales made his UFC debut at bantamweight on November 24, 2018 against Song Yadong at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2.[15] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Morales then faced Aiemann Zahabi on May 4, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy.[17] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Morales next faced Benito Lopez on July 13, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd.[19] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[20]

Morales then returned to featherweight and faced Chris Gutiérrez on May 30, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns.[21] He lost the fight via TKO with leg kicks in the second round.[22] Three months after his loss to Gutiérrez, he suffered a torn Achilles tendon which required two surgeries.[23]

Morales returned to bantamweight and face Drako Rodriguez at UFC 265 on August 7, 2021.[24] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[25]

Morales faced Louis Smolka on December 4, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 31.[26] He won the fight via knockout out in round one.[27]

Morales, as a replacement for Liudvik Sholinian, was scheduled to face Nathaniel Wood on March 19, 2022 at UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Aspinall.[28] In turn, just days before the event, Morales withdrew due to illness,[29] and the pair will be rescheduled for future event.[30]

Morales faced Jonathan Martinez on May 21, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 206.[31] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[32]

Morales was scheduled to face José Johnson on November 19, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 215,[33] but Johnson pulled out for undisclosed reasons,[34] and he was replaced by Miles Johns on November 19, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 215.[35] Morales lost the fight via unanimous decision.[36]

Personal lifeEdit

Morales is the cousin of fellow UFC bantamweight fighter Ricky Simón.[37][38]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Front Street Fights
    • FSF Featherweight Championship (One time)[9]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 11 wins 7 losses
By knockout 6 1
By submission 2 2
By decision 3 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–7 Miles Johns Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nzechukwu vs. Cuțelaba November 19, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–6 Jonathan Martinez Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira May 21, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–5 Louis Smolka KO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Font vs. Aldo December 4, 2021 1 2:02 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–5 Drako Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) UFC 265 August 7, 2021 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 9–5 Chris Gutiérrez TKO (leg kicks) UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns May 30, 2020 2 4:27 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Featherweight bout.
Loss 9–4 Benito Lopez Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd July 13, 2019 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 9–3 Aiemann Zahabi Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy May 4, 2019 3 5:00 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Loss 8–3 Song Yadong Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 November 24, 2018 3 5:00 Beijing, China
Win 8–2 Justin Hugo Decision (unanimous) Bellator 205 September 21, 2018 3 5:00 Boise, Idaho, United States
Loss 7–2 Domingo Pilarte Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Dana White's Contender Series 13 July 17, 2018 2 1:52 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–1 Brandon Hempleman TKO (punches) Front Street Fights 15 January 19, 2018 2 2:38 Boise, Idaho, United States Bantamweight debut.
Win 6–1 Rowdy Akers Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC: Quick Draw June 17, 2017 1 1:58 Fort Hall, Idaho, United States Catchweight (140 lb) bout.
Win 5–1 Andrew Cruz KO (punches) Front Street Fights 10 December 9, 2016 3 3:07 Boise, Idaho, United States Won the FSF Featherweight Championship.
Win 4–1 Hamilton Ash KO (punches) Bellator 155 May 20, 2016 3 2:32 Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 3–1 Patrick Trey Smith TKO (punches) Front Street Fights 8 February 13, 2016 1 4:15 Boise, Idaho, United States
Loss 2–1 Josh Wick Submission (armbar) Front Street Fights 6 September 11, 2015 2 3:26 Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 2–0 Jeremie Montgomery TKO (punches) SFL 41: America 5 July 11, 2015 1 2:28 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 1–0 Joseph Cleveland Submission (rear-naked choke) Front Street Fights 5 May 15, 2015 1 1:51 Boise, Idaho, United States Featherweight debut.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Mixed martial arts show results Date: May 30, 2020
  2. ^ "Stats | UFC". Retrieved 2020-06-14.
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  4. ^ James Lynch (July 21, 2021). Vince Morales talks UFC 265, Layoff due to injury & Training at Syndicate MMA – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Vince Morales". Ultimate Fighting Championship. November 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Jim Norton; Matt Serra (December 7, 2021). "Jamahal Hill and Vince Morales" (Podcast).
  7. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (May 3, 2019). "Morales Believes He's Built The Foundation For Octagon Success". Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  8. ^ Myles Painter (2018-10-09). "Setting the Bar featuring Bellator MMA fighters Vince Morales and Jordan Young". MMA UK. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  9. ^ a b Todd Carlson (2017-09-16). "Todd Carlson discusses Featherweight, Bantamweight for FSF". CenturyLink Arena Boise. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  10. ^ Steve Juon (2016-03-25). "Bellator 155 fight card finalized for 'Carvalho vs Manhoef' on May 20 in Boise". MMA Mania. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  11. ^ Luke Thomas (2016-05-20). "Bellator 155 Results: Carvalho vs. Manhoef". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
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  13. ^ Bryan Tucker (2018-09-21). "Bellator 205 Results: McKee vs. Macapa". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  14. ^ Eddie Mercado (2018-07-17). "Dana White's Contender Series 13 results: Pilarte among three to earn UFC contract". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  15. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2018-11-23). "Mother's battle with cancer fueled MMA dream for UFC Beijing's Vince Morales". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  16. ^ Jay Anderson (2018-11-24). "UFC Beijing Results: Song Yadong Defeats Vince Morales In Style". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  17. ^ E. Spencer Kyte (2019-04-29). "Zahabi is Ready to be back in the Octagon". UFC. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  18. ^ Davidson Baker (2019-05-04). "UFC Ottawa Results: Vince Morales Narrowly Outpoints Aiemann Zahabi". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  19. ^ Trent Reinsmith (2019-07-11). "UFC Fight Night 155 Preview: The Odds Are Against Team Alpha Male". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  20. ^ Ryan Fortune (2019-07-13). "UFC Sacramento Results: Benito Lopez Survives Knockdown, Edges Out Vince Morales". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  21. ^ Mike Heck (2020-05-21). "Chris Gutierrez vs. Vince Morales targeted for May 30 UFC event". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  22. ^ Jay Anderson (2020-05-30). "UFC Vegas Results: Chris Gutierrez Chops Down Vince Morales, Earns Leg Kick TKO". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
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  26. ^ Behunin, Alex (2021-10-06). "Vince Morales vs. Louis Smolka Set For December 4 UFC Event". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  27. ^ Anderson, Jay (2021-12-04). "UFC Vegas 44: Vince Morales Stuns Louis Smolka Early". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  28. ^ Behunin, Alex (2022-03-05). "Liudvik Sholinian Out, Vince Morales Will Face Nathaniel Wood At UFC London". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  29. ^ Nolan King (2022-03-16). "Nathaniel Wood in need of UFC Fight Night 204 opponent after Vince Morales withdraws due to illness". Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  30. ^ "UFC London: No replacement for Nathaniel Wood, bout against Vince Morales to be rescheduled". MMA Junkie. 2022-03-17. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  31. ^ Behunin, Alex (2022-04-16). "Vince Morales vs. Jonathan Martinez Set For May 21 UFC Event". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  32. ^ Anderson, Jay (2022-05-21). "UFC Vegas 55: Jonathan Martinez Chews Up the Legs of Vince Morales En Route to Decision Win". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
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  36. ^ Dewar, Val (2022-11-19). "UFC Vegas 65: Miles Johns Defeats Vince Morales In Uneventful Bout". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-11-19.
  37. ^ Elias Cepeda (2019-07-11). "Ricky Simón gave up a lot to fight Urijah Faber at UFC Sacramento". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
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