MMA Preview – Gian Villante vs Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night 131

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 131? Saturday 2nd June, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 131? Adirondack Bank Center, Utica, New York

What channel is UFC Fight Night 131 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 131? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 131? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two slabs of veteran meat kick off the main card in the shape of Gian Villante and Sam Alvey.

New Yorker Villante continues to struggle to get a run of wins going but his aggressive style has earned him a lot of fans and he will no doubt have the crowd behind him. He is coming off a close decision win over Francimar Barroso and is looking to extend the form with a knockout.

This will be no easy feat as Alvey has only been knocked out once in his 43 fights. He also looked rejuvenated in his last fight moving up from middleweight. He announced his move up to the division by starching Marcin Prachnio in the first round and is hoping to do the same against Villante.

THE PREDICTION

Two heavy sluggers looking for a knockout should create fireworks. They will no doubt test each other on the feet which is a risky strategy with the power they possess in their hands.

Alvey may have the speed advantage but Villante will have the size and strength advantage so with a wrestling background he will be very confident with his plan B of out-grappling his foe.

The longer the fight goes on, the more you have to back Villante but with little weight to cut, Alvey will be explosive and energized which may just enable that early knockout blow.

Winner: Alvey via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.