Arnold Allen (-350) vs Gilbert Melendez (+265)
Arnold Allen (14-1) may be among the best fighters you have not seen before and the odds certainly suggest oddsmakers are taking him against Gilbert Melendez (22-7). Allen will fly under the radar somewhat as he’s only fought once a year because 2014, but when he does struggle, fans are in for a treat.
Allen is somebody who lets his game do the talking and that he does not have a tendency to be a character pre- or post-fight, that may hurt when it comes to marketing. He’s making an attempt to be more active as this is already his second battle in 2019. He comes into this bout undefeated in the UFC with a 5-0 record with just two performance of the nighttime awards to his credit.
Gilbert Melendez, 12 years old than the upstart Allen, has been through wars with just about everybody in the UFC. Melendez has no issue declined, entering the fight on a streak. It is not a fantastic sign when a fighter needs to step away from the game to find their love for it again. After his last struggle, he did just that, but I have very real questions about the motivation of Melendez, who has not won since 2013.
This is going to be the biggest fight of Allen’s career and if he has a wonderful showing, it should vault him to the top 15, finally. He’s very well versed and has proven an ability to adapt to the fight in front of him.
Lately, he’s given away some of his approach , saying:”I am ready for anything, I’ve had all sorts of struggles. I’ve been in dull fights where no one will get hit and you end up winning without getting touched, and I have had fights where I’ve been in little brawls, kind of grinding fights, so I’ll be prepared for whatever he attracts. I’m just going to outpoint himoutskill himand going to be a bit better than him on the night.”
I agree, and Allen should point-fight his way to a conclusion triumph, but he wants not to devote to Melendez, who’ll desire a kill-or-be-killed firefight.