UFC Fight Night 202: Makhachev vs. Green – How to watch it live, betting preview
This weekend brings us a lot of excitement in the MMA world, both in Bellator, KSW, and the UFC. At UFC’s Fight Night 202, Islam Makhachev and Beneil Dariush were to fight as the main fight of the evening. However, Dariush canceled the fight less than seven days ago, and as a replacement, the brave Bobby Green came in. The interesting information about this duel is that the fight will not be in the lightweight category but catchweight up to 73 kg, 3 kg over the allowed limit of the lightweight category.
Makhachev vs. Green
Everyone sees Islam Makhachaev as the new Khabib, which is not far from the truth. The fight against Darius was supposed to determine a new lightweight challenger, so if Islam defeats Green, who enters into this fight pretty tired, there is an opportunity for the lightweight belt to return to Dagestan. Makhachaev has been Khabib’s sparring partner all his life, one of his best friends, and now Khabib is also his coach. Fighting style, cardio, training style, demeanor, everything is like in Khabib; Adriano Martins ruined only his perfect score on his UFC debut; since then, he has been in a series of nine wins in the UFC. Undoubtedly, the best betting sites will set Islam as a heavy favorite in this fight.
Bobby Green fought about ten days ago, which went into three rounds, where he defeated the dangerous Nasrat Haqparast. He accepted this fight when none of the lightweight fighters wanted to accept short notice and fight against the dangerous Dagestani. Green has repeatedly stated that the UFC saved him from surviving and feeding his family, so this move is more than correct on his part for the entire organization. And brave above all, He has nothing to lose, so he probably won’t come in with a lot of respect and tactics.
🎤 @TeamKhabib sounds off ahead of @MakhachevMMA‘s #UFCVegas49 main event (1/4) pic.twitter.com/bLI9XFzfTq
— UFC (@ufc) February 24, 2022
Arman Tsarukyan vs. Joel Alvarez
Perhaps the most exciting match on this card is a lightweight match between two fighters in a series of four victories, namely the Georgian who fights for Russia, Tsarukyan, and the Spaniard Alvarez. Both fighters lost their UFC debut, Arman against Makhachaev, while Alvarez lost against Ismagulov.
Tsarukyan is a complete fighter, above all a great kickboxer, solid, explosive and fast. He moves excellently; he closes all combinations with his hands and the foot technique. This strength allows him to defend himself well from throwing. He has an excellent throwing percentage on the wrestling side, but does not control on the floor, takes points with punches, spends the opponent, and returns to his feet. Against Alvarez, this tactic would be ideal for him.
Alvarez is huge for this category, he is 191 cm tall, so it is no wonder that he missed the scales and radio catchweight in the last two matches. Maybe that is one of the reasons why he is not in the TOP 15. He is one of the best grapplers in the entire UFC. It is a pleasure to watch him pack those “levers” with his long limbs, from all positions, like a real drowning man. In the stand, he is not exactly a class like Tsarukyan, but he controls the distance well with his range. It is 16 centimeters taller than the Russians, which can be a serious advantage.
【UFC】Joel Álvarez Is A Force To Be Reckoned With – The Official Website of the Ultimate Fighting Championship https://t.co/xZEgqeej0W
— 格闘技ステーション (@martialarts_JP) February 25, 2022
Certainly, an interesting event, with many new names and those fighters who are less promoted, this time in the lead roles. There is enough motivation for them to prove themselves and for MMA fans to find some of their new favorites.
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