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UFC Fight Night 90 predictions, preview, and analysis

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is getting International Fight Week started with the UFC Fight Night 90: “Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez” mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza tomorrow night (Thurs., July 7, 2016) from inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the Fight Pass-exclusive main event, scheduled for five championship rounds, reigning UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will defend his strap against former Bellator 155-pound titleholder and No. 2-ranked contender Eddie Alvarez.

Meanwhile, in the heavyweight co-main event, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 winner and former IFL standout, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, trades heavy leather with rising 265-pound smashing machine and streaking knockout artist Derrick “Black Beast” Lewis.

Don’t blink.

As usual, the esteemed Patrick Stumberg went to town on all the UFC Fight Night 90 “Prelims” bouts right here. Odds and betting lines for the “Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez” can be found here, and now it’s time to take a closer look at the four-fight main card.

155 lbs.: UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos (25-7) vs. Eddie Alvarez (27-4)

Nostradumbass predicts: I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been underwhelmed by the body of work Eddie Alvarez has put together since crossing over from the ranks of Bellator, where he engaged in some of the best lightweight fights of all-time opposite Michael Chandler.

Since then? Well…

A lot of folks are willing to give the longtime veteran a mulligan after laying an egg against Donald Cerrone at UFC 178, citing Octagon jitters and that bright lights, big city crap. Maybe if he was some regional import with a 9-0 record, like Belal Muhammed, sure, but Alvarez has headlined major Spike TV events.

If you want to be elite, you have to perform at an elite level.

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