Arnold Allen (-350) vs Gilbert Melendez (+265)
Arnold Allen (14-1) could be among the best fighters you haven’t seen before and also the chances certainly suggest oddsmakers are taking him against Gilbert Melendez (22-7). Allen tends to fly under the radar a bit as he’s only fought once a year since 2014, but when 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 character pre- or post-fight, which can hurt when it comes to advertising. He’s making an effort to be active as it is already his next battle in 2019. He comes into this bout undefeated in the UFC with a 5-0 record with just two performance of the nighttime awards to his credit.
Gilbert Melendez, 12 years older than the upstart Allen, has been through wars with just about everybody in the UFC. Melendez has no issue declined, entering the fight on a losing streak. It is not a good sign when a fighter should step away from the sport to locate their love for it . Following his final fight, he did just that, but I have very real questions about the motivation of Melendez, that has not won since 2013.
This is going to be the biggest fight of Allen’s career and if he has a wonderful showing, it should vault him into the top 15, finally. He is well educated and has proven an ability to accommodate to the fight in front of him.
Interestingly, he’s given away a number of his strategy already, stating:“I am ready for anything, I have had all sorts of struggles. I have been in boring fights where nobody will get hit and you end up winning without getting touched, and I’ve had fights where I have been in little brawls, kind of grinding struggles, so I’ll be ready for whatever he attracts. I’m just planning to outpoint himoutskill himand going for somewhat better than him on the night.“
I concur, and Allen must point-fight his way into a decision triumph, but he needs not to devote to Melendez, who’ll desire a kill-or-be-killed firefight.
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