Thiago Alves vs Alexey Kunchenko UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/15/18
Alexey Kunchenko vs Thiago Alves
UFC: Saturday, September 15, 2018 (Olimpiyskiy Stadium)
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Brazilian MMA fighter, Thiago Alves will be fighting undefeated Russian, Alexey Kunchenko at UFC Fight Night 136 in Moscow, Russia.
Thiago Alves was once one of the top fighters on the UFC rosters as he was challenging for the welterweight title. Things have gone downhill quickly for Alves in the past few years as he has a record of 6 wins and 6 losses in his last 12 fights. The only reason why Alves is still on the roster is due to his early career stardom but he will know that another loss in Russia might be enough for him to be cut. This ensures that Alves will be under tons of pressure. The last time Thiago Alves fought was in February of this year in Dallas where he lost and was knocked out. Things have been bad for Alves and this match will be another tough encounter since he will be fighting with the crowd against him since his opponent is from Russia.
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On the other side of the ring, Alexey Kunchenko will look to maintain his unbeaten record at home. Kunchenko currently has a professional MMA record of 18 wins and no losses. This is a very impressive statistic and Alexey Kunchenko has proven his worth by beating top fighter in M-1 Global. This will be the first time that Alexey Kunchenko is fighting for the UFC and he will be encouraged by the fact that he is fighting at home against an opponent who is down.
I am going to pick Alexey Kunchenko to win his UFC debut. Thiago Alves has been in terrible form and he looks like a fighter who is past his best. After getting knocked out earlier this year, Alves will be very low on confidence and his problems will be further enhanced as the crowd will be against him. Alexey Kunchenko is unbeaten, full of confidence and will be hugely supported by the crowd. I see Alexey Kunchenko winning.