Welcome to the UFC: Manny Bermudez
On, February 5, it was announced that UFC signed longtime regional fighter and 11-fight veteran Manny Bermudez (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), coming off a recent win in the main event of the Massachusetts promotion Cage Titans 33. It was also announced that Bermudez will debut against five-fight UFC veteran Albert Morales (7-3-1 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC). This fight will take place in Orlando, Florida, on February 24th at UFC on FOX 28.
23 years old
From Abington, Massachusetts
Training out of South Shore Sportfighting
8 Submissions (4 Triangle-Chokes, 2 Guillotines, 1 Armbar)
How will Manny Bermudez fare in the UFC:
Even though Bermudez has eleven fights with nine finishes, Bermudez may still need a bit of tweeking. All of his finishes are in the first round with five of those in under 90 seconds. It’s hard to tell how good Bermudez is as his stand up in very questionable as he has a nice jab but his fights don’t last long enough on the feet to get a good read on the rest of his striking skills. While Bermudez owns eight submission victories, his wrestling hasn’t been on display too frequently. Most of his submissions come from the clinch or capitalizing on slips. With all the unknowns, nobody can knock the Jiu-Jitsu of Bermudez. Bermudez has an amazing triangle he goes for and the set-up to the execution is flawless – he’s caught it from both the back and the mount. In addition to his slick submission skills, Bermudez executes effective ground-and-pound and solid position control. Overall Bermudez is only 23 and where he’s at right now in his career, he has a high ceiling. The potential is there but right now it’s hard to see what level he’s at.
How Manny Bermudez matches up with Albert Morales:
Morales has been in some fun fights for the UFC but hasn’t done too well with a record of 1-3-1 for the promotion with his only win being a controversial one against Andre Soukhamthath. Despite his record, Morales is a tough test for anyone as he’s as tough as they come. Not knowing much about the striking of Bermudez, Morales may own the slight advantage in this area where he does have an effective jab, lands many leg kicks and can take damage. That being said, Morales is a good opponent for anyone to showcase their striking against as he has flaws in head movement and cardio making him vulnerable on the feet at times. Morales showed in his fight with Brett Johns that he is able to be taken down and struggles off his back with a good wrestler on top. Bermudez doesn’t have the wrestling like Johns does and it’s unclear whether Bermudez will be able to take him down. Morales is by far the stiffest challenge in the career of Bermudez. This bout will help gauge where Bermudez stands in the competitive bantamweight division.