MMA Preview – Thiago Alves vs Laureano Staropoli at UFC 237

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 237? Sunday 12th May, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 237? Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What channel is UFC 237? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 237? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Thiago Alves has been around for a hot minute but his career has been ravished by injuries. That said, he has fought four times in the last two years against top welterweights. After earning his first win in over two years against Patrick Cote, Alves lost his next two fights against Curtis Millender and Alexey Kunchenko. However, he picked up a much-needed win over Max Griffin but only just earned a split decision.

He welcomes fellow South American Laureano Staropoli for his second UFC fight. The Argentine is riding an impressive six-fight winning streak and finished all of his opponents (five knockouts and two submissions) leading up to his UFC debut where he met Hector Aldana. Staropoli earned a dominant decision but hopes to pull off another finish to upset the Brazilian faithful.

THE PREDICTION

Both men are exceptional strikers and we are unlikely to see any grappling. If the Alves of old turns up, he will be the aggressor and will set up thunderous leg kicks with punches. The Brazilian is past his prime with retirement looming so if he is hesitant to throw, Staropoli will capitalise and counter with long strikes.

Alves will be spurred on by the home fans but it may not be enough to stop the young contender who is desperate to add a big name to his record. This is by far Staropoli’s biggest fight but he is fully expected to rise to the occasion and maintain a high output of strikes for the three rounds to earn the points.

Winner: Staropoli via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric