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UFC Fight Night 172: Duffy vs Alvarez 07/18/2020 Picks, Predictions and Previews

UFC Fight Night 172: Duffy vs Alvarez 07/18/2020 – The Ultimate Fighting Championship is on a hot streak since resuming business during the sports lockdown and they have another exciting fight card in UFC Fight Night 172. This event will be held at the intriguing “Fight Island” in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Only UFC personnel are allowed inside the island and fans can watch through Pay Per View and UFC Fight Pass. The main event will put two top flyweights inside the cage with Deiveson Figueiredo taking on Joseph Benavidez for the vacant UFC title. In the undercard, you have an interesting lightweight match featuring Joe Duffy entering the same cage as Joel Alvarez. Joe Duffy will be entering this fight as the big favorite by UFC Fight Saturday Night to win over Joel Alvarez

UFC Fight Night 172: Duffy vs Alvarez 07/18/2020

When:Saturday, July 18, 5:00 PM ET
Where:Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
TV:Pay Per View
Stream:UFC Fight Pass


UFC Fight Night 172: Duffy vs Alvarez 07/18/2020 Odds

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Joe Duffy

Joseph Duffy is known as the “Irish Joe” and this 32-year-old lightweight fighter came from Donegal, Ireland. He stands at five-foot-ten and trains at The MMA Clinic stable. His professional record is at 16-4 and has ten victories via submission. Duffy has been fighting in the UFC since March 2015 and he immediately created an impact but putting down Jake Lindsey in the first round with a violent punch to the body. He won four of his first five fights in the organization. Duffy is now on a slump as he lost his last two fights which have almost two years gap in between bouts. His last match was in March 2019 where he was defeated by Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision in UFC Fight Night 147.

Joel Alvarez

Joel Alvarez is a 27-year-old Spanish lightweight fighter and his hometown is in Gijon, Asturias. This six-foot fighter trains and polishes his skills at the Bandog Fight Club. His record now is at 16-2 with 14 wins through submissions. Alvarez made his name by being undefeated in all his matches at the Ansgar Fighting League before coming to the UFC. His first UFC bout was against Damir Ismagulov and he lost via unanimous decision. His last registered bout was back in June 2019 in UFC Fight Night 153. He was put inside the same cage against Danilo Belluardo and took him down in the 2:22 second mark in the second round via punches.

Duffy vs Alvarez Betting Numbers

Last FightLossWin
Height5′ 10″6′ 3″
Weight (lbs)155155
Reach (inches)7377
Win by KO/TKO25%13%
Win by Submission63%88%
Strikes landed per minute2.562.55
Striking accuracy33%33%
Striking absorbed per minute3.633.44
Striking defense54%54%
Takedown average0.750
Takedown accuracy60%0%
Takedown defense64%0%
Submission average0.80

Duffy vs Alvarez Betting Picks

Having more experience fighting in the UFC, Duffy is seen as the fighter that has the edge over Alvarez as seen by Sports Gambling. This should be a chess match at the mat but expect Duffy to try out winning the bout on the stand up.