UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS ANJOS vs. ALVAREZ PREVIEW

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By Kyler Kuehler

UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez will air on July 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

(C) RAFAEL DOS ANJOS (24-7-0) vs. #2 EDDIE “THE SILENT ASSASSIN” ALVAREZ (27-4-0)
This is a five round fight for the UFC Lightweight Championship. In this fight are two of the top dogs in the lightweight division that have been on a roll lately and are looking to see who is the real champion of the division. Dos Anjos brings Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu that has served him well on both his feet and the ground as well as being highly aggressive in his fights to where he does not give his opponents no chances to ever capitalize making him the current champion. Alvarez brings boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made him very efficient in both standing and ground game that has made him a former two time Bellator Lightweight Champion. Since both fighters have a great combination of both striking and grappling techniques the fight will most likely come down to who uses them more effectively. In that case the fight looks to favor dos Anjos with his magnificent ground and pound style of fighting where he shows great advantage and plenty of ruthless aggression that Alvarez has never faced before and could possibly land him in hot water. However, Alvarez is well-rounded in wrestling and that could be his key to defeat dos Anjos since he shows to have some trouble dealing with this in his fights and if Alvarez could use it to its best then he could capitalize on the fight and add his biggest win to his record yet. Though, he will have to figure out how to overcome dos Anjos’ aggressive fighting style because dos Anjos will be laying it upon him throughout the fight as he plans to still remain champion after the fight is over and prove why he is the greatest lightweight to ever compete inside the octagon. My prediction: dos Anjos wins via knockout in Round 2.

JOSEPH “IRISH JOE” DUFFY (14-2-0) vs. MITCH “DANGER ZONE” CLARKE (11-3-0)
This is a three round fight in the lightweight division. In this fight are two fighters that do not have much experience in the sport of MMA and are looking to improve their records by putting on a great performance in the hopes of facing upper opponents in their future fights. Duffy brings boxing, kickboxing, taekwondo and jiu-jitsu that has given close to a perfect record as well as being efficient in grappling techniques and striking. Clarke brings jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made him well equipped in grappling techniques as well as almost being undefeated. With both fighters being well-rounded in the grappling portion of the matchup it looks to come down to who shows the better striking. In that case Duffy would be considered the favorite as he likes to rely on more than just one aspect of techniques to win him fights. Clarke looks to rely more on just one and this could be just where Duffy needs to capitalize to place pressure on Clarke and keep him from gaining any ground control to help increase his chances of walking away as the victor. Though, Clarke has some great defense and if he were to use that and combine it with his grappling techniques he could catch Duffy off guard and get the ground control he will be looking for and thus submit Duffy and increase his record even further to the point he can begin facing upper competitors. But in order to do so, he will have to be cautious of Duffy’s striking as he will be sure to keep pressure on Clarke as he knows he has the advantage in the aggression aspect of the fight. My prediction: Duffy wins via submission in Round 3.

#10 ROY “BIG COUNTRY” NELSON (22-12-0) vs. #12 DERRICK “THE BLACK BEAST” LEWIS (15-4-0, 1 NC)
This is a three round fight in the heavyweight division. In this fight are two heavy hitters that are looking to make good work of their opponent by not only adding another win, but an epic finish that will have other heavyweight contenders keeping an eye out for them. Nelson brings Shaolin Kung Fu, boxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made him very efficient in knockout power as well as containing the strongest chin in the sport of MMA. Lewis brings boxing that had made him very deadly in striking as well as aggressive in his fighting style. With both fighters containing deadly strikes, the fight will be all about who can withstand the strikes the most, which in that case would be in favor of Nelson with his iron chin that has only been knocked out out by two fighters (Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt). Also Nelson contains much more ground game, which Lewis does not have much at all and that could prove to be difficult for Lewis especially as Nelson will be throwing punches down upon him while he lays on his back. Though Lewis does contain some deadly striking, which is much more dangerous than Nelson’s and could prove to be very effective against the iron chin fighter with the possibility of knocking him out and adding a major win to his record. But since Nelson is unlike any fighter who has ever competed in MMA the fight does not look to be an easy one for Lewis and if he does not keep up his defense as he plans his attack then he just might find himself on the ground out cold from the power of Nelson. My prediction: Nelson wins via knockout in Round 3.