September 17, 2021 11:58 AM
Last modified date: September 16, 2021 2:47 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Joaquin Buckley vs Antonio Arroyo at UFC Vegas 37

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JOAQUIN BUCKLEY VS ANTONIO ARROYO FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 37? Saturday 18th September, 2021 - 22:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 37? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 37? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 37 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 37? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

JOAQUIN BUCKLEY VS ANTONIO ARROYO LOWDOWN

2020 was one hell of a year for Joaquin Buckley (12-4). He made his debut but got knocked out by Kevin Holland and replied with the most spectacular knockout in UFC history delivering an electrifying spinning back kick on Impa Kasanganay. He followed that up by handing Jordan Wright the first loss of his career with a TKO. However, he then received a taste of his own medicine ending up on Alessio Di Chirico’s highlight reel with an incredible head kick knockout in the first round.

Unfortunately, Antonio Arroyo (9-4) has not filled any of his potential since joining the UFC. Multiple cancelled fights have not helped but his grappling and cardio has let him down. He lost a unanimous decision to Andre Muniz on his debut which does not look like a bad result considering the jiu-jitsu ace recently broke Jacare Souza’s arm. However, he lost another disappointing unanimous decision to Deron Winn over a year later in December despite possessing a seven-inch height and three-inch reach advantage.

JOAQUIN BUCKLEY VS ANTONIO ARROYO PREDICTION

Buckley is a tough opponent but thankfully Arroyo is not fighting a grappler and we may finally see what he is made of. He is a ferocious striker with thunderous leg kicks and Buckley also has devastating power so this could be a barnburner.

The Brazilian will have a five-inch height advantage but will be giving up a two and a half inches in reach. Arroyo needs to pace himself and strike from range opening up with calf kicks to disable Buckley.

Buckley on the other hand will try and get to work in the pocket and if he succeeds it could be another miserable night for Arroyo. Buckley is extremely explosive and not known for his gas tank but if this fight spills into the later rounds, you have to back Buckley.

This is a much better opportunity for Arroyo and there is a lot of value in him especially as a significant underdog. That said, we are backing Buckley, but the smart money is on the Brazilian.

Prediction: Buckley via KO/TKO - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Value Bet: Arroyo via KO/TKO or Submission

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