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UFC 198 fight card: Warlley Alves vs Bryan Barberena full fight preview

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Warlley Alves and Bryan Barberena will scrap this Saturday (May 14, 2016) at UFC 198 inside Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. In a match up of top prospect and durable brawler, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweights Warlley Alves and Bryan Barberena will face off this Saturday (May 14, 2016) at UFC 198 inside Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

Alves is a pretty major prospect in the 170-pound division. He won The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “Brazil 3,” has won four straight inside the Octagon, and is undefeated overall. On the other hand, Barberena flew under the radar until he derailed the hype train of Sage Northcutt. Prior to that, Barberena did establish himself as an aggressive brawler with solid finishing ability.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both men:

Warlley Alves
Record: 10-0
Key Wins: Colby Covington (UFC 194), Nordine Taleb (UFC 190)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Alves is a well-rounded and very dangerous fighter. While he’s certainly capable on his feet, Alves is extremely opportunistic on the mat and has finished six of his opponents via submission.

In this bout, it’s important that Alves fights smart. He’s the bigger man with the more refined grappling attack, so it’s fairly clear that the intelligent move is to throw his opponent to the mat and hunt for the choke.

If Alves pursues that strategy, he really shouldn’t have any problems. His opponent is better off at Lightweight, and Alves has already proven himself a submission threat to even durable Welterweights.

That makes him a serious threat to Barberena.

However, if Alves chooses to brawl with his opponent, the odds become much closer. He hass fatigued in the past, and Barberena is more than comfortable in a scrap.


Bryan Barberena
Record: 11-3
Key Wins: Sage ….View full article

Source:: mma mania