Arnold Allen (-350) vs Gilbert Melendez (+265)
Arnold Allen (14-1) may be among the greatest fighters you haven’t seen before and the chances certainly suggest oddsmakers are taking him against Gilbert Melendez (22-7). Allen tends to fly under the radar somewhat as he has only fought once per year because 2014, but if he does fight, fans are in for a treat.
Allen is somebody who lets his game do the talking and that he does not tend to be a personality pre- or post-fight, which may hurt when it comes to advertising. He’s making an effort to be more active as this is already his next fight in 2019. He comes into this bout undefeated in the UFC with a 5-0 record with two functionality of the nighttime awards to his credit.
Gilbert Melendez, 12 years old than the upstart Allen, has been through wars with nearly everyone in the UFC. Melendez has without question declined, entering the struggle on a losing streak. It’s never a fantastic sign when a fighter should step away from the sport to find their love for it again. After his last struggle, he did just that, but I have very real questions about the motivation of Melendez, that hasn’t won because 2013.
This is going to be the biggest fight of Allen’s career and if he has a nice showing, it ought to vault him to the top 15, finally. He is very well versed and has shown an ability to accommodate to the fight in front of him.
Interestingly, he’s given away a number of his strategy already, saying:”I am prepared for anything, I’ve had all sorts of struggles. I have been in boring fights where no one gets hit and you end up winning without getting touched, and I’ve had fights where I’ve been in small brawls, type of grinding fights, so I’ll be prepared for whatever he attracts. I am just going to outpoint him, outskill him, and going to be somewhat better than him on the evening .”
I concur, and Allen should point-fight his way into a conclusion triumph, but he needs not to devote to Melendez, who’ll want a kill-or-be-killed firefight.
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