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UFC Fight Night 81 fight card: Anthony Pettis vs Eddie Alvarez full fight preview

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Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez will collide this Sunday (Jan. 17, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 81 inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. In a match up of Tae Kwon Doe master and boxing specialist, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!

Top-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight contenders Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez will go to war this Sunday (Jan. 17, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 81 inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Pettis is in an odd situation, as a clearly elite fighter who was badly outclassed in his last performance. It’s been nearly one full year since his title loss, but another highlight reel victory would do far more than time away to remind fight fans of his talent.

Meanwhile, Alvarez is still trying to really establish himself as a top UFC Lightweight after coming over from Bellator MMA. He’s already had an excellent career, but he needs this victory to assert himself into the title picture.

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

Anthony Pettis
Record: 18-3
Key Wins: Benson Henderson (UFC 164, WEC 53), Gilbert Melendez (UFC 181), Donald Cerrone (UFC on FOX 6)
Key Losses: Rafael dos Anjos (UFC 185), Clay Guida (TUF 13 Finale)
Keys to Victory: Pettis is perhaps the most dangerous kicker in the sport, capable of finishing with a single accurate kick to the body or head. In addition to his excellent and opportunistic Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Pettis is a highly creative fighter.

In this bout, Pettis needs to ensure his back stays off the fence. Alvarez is sure to attempt a pressure style similar to that of dos Anjos and Melendez (he would be a fool not to) and Pettis cannot allow that game plan to be applied to him so easily.

Luckily, Alvarez is also an outside ….View full article

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