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Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena UFC 198 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 5/14/16

UFC: Saturday, March 14, 2016 (Arena da Baixada)

The Line: Warlley Alves -550 / Bryan Barberena +425 Over/Under: 1.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Warlley Alves and Bryan Barberena fight Saturday night during UFC 198 at the Arena da Baixada.

Warlley Alves enters this fight with a 11-0 record and has won 55 percent of his fights by submission. This will be Alves’ third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a December win over Colby Covington. Alves is averaging 2.36 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 45.4 percent. Alves is averaging 2.08 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 71.4 percent. Alves continues to steamroll his way through the UFC and is coming off a very impressive submission victory that took less than two minutes to decide. Alves has proven he’s extremely comfortable on the canvas and has made five of his last seven opponents tap. Alves is a possible star in the making at just 25 years old. This will be Alves’ 10th fight in Brazil, his home country.

Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena UFC 198 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 5/14/16

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Bryan Barberena enters this fight with a 11-3 record and has won 82 percent of his fights by knockout. Barberena has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a January win over Sage Northcutt. Barberena is averaging 5.01 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49.1 percent. Barberena is averaging 0.82 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Barberena is a clear striker at heart who throws accurate and powerful punches that have helped produce eight knockouts. However, Barberena has proven he’s comfortable on the canvas as well with two of his last four wins coming by submission. Still, Barberena would rather fight standing up and hopes to land that big haymaker to turn the tide. This will be Barberena’s first fight in Brazil and second outside the United States.

Alves hasn’t shown any real reason to bet against him, as he’s looked great in his UFC career and is a nightmare once he gets his opponent on the canvas. Barberena may be in over his head, especially with this fight taking place in Brazil, as the crowd is going to be nuts for the hometown kid.

Expect Alves to remain undefeated after this fight.

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