09 Oct Setting the Bar featuring Bellator MMA fighters Vince Morales and Jordan Young
Bellator MMA has experienced a promotional resurgence under the guiding hand of president Scott Coker. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet two budding superstars in the making who are set to carry the promotion’s torch for many years to come.
Vince Morales – A professional since May 2015 and representing Gracie Barra Portland, Vince Morales owns an 8-2 record in 10 career bouts as a professional comprised of five knockouts, two submissions and one decision. Morales appeared on week five of season two of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2018 and has also fought for Bellator MMA. In his MMA debut at Front Street Fights 5, he submitted Joseph Cleveland via rear naked choke in the first round. Morales defeated his next two opponents via TKO in Patrick Trey Smith and Jeremie Montgomery. For his debut outing with Bellator MMA at Bellator 155, he knocked out Hamilton Ash in the third round. Morales also knocked out Andrew Cruz in round three at Front Street Fights 10. Then at KOTC Quick Draw, he tapped out Rowdy Akers via arm triangle choke in round one. At FSF 15 Morales defeated Brandon Hempleman via TKO in the second round. He returned to the Bellator MMA cage to face Justin Hugo at Bellator 205 and defeated him via unanimous decision to earn his second win under the Bellator MMA banner. With 10 professional fights and a diverse skillset under his belt, Morales is showing why he is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading men at 135 pounds!
Jordan Young – A professional since November 2014 and representing American Top Team, Jordan Young holds a perfect 9-0 record comprised of seven submissions and two decisions. In his MMA debut at MCC 56, he submitted Joe Kennedy in round one via triangle choke. Young also tapped his next three opponents that saw wins over Jaquis Williams and Norm Waters. Then at Victory FC 48, he defeated DWTNCS season one alum Cameron Olson via unanimous decision. For his debut outing with Bellator MMA at Bellator 171 Young defeated Chris Harris via unanimous decision. Then at Bellator 178, he tapped out Tim Caron via brabo choke in the first round. Young also submitted Alec Hobben in round one via triangle choke at Bellator 185. For his next outing with Bellator MMA at Bellator 201, he tapped out Jamal Pogues in round three to earn his seventh submission win as a professional and extended his unbeaten streak to nine to begin his professional career. You should always exercise extreme caution when going to the floor with this deadly submission ace!