UFC 239: Allen vs Melendez Odds, Preview and Pick
Arnold Allen (-350) vs Gilbert Melendez (+265)
Arnold Allen (14-1) may be one of the best fighters you haven’t 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 has only fought once a year because 2014, but when he does fight, fans are in for a treat.
Allen is someone who lets his game do the talking and he doesn’t tend to be a character pre- or post-fight, which may hurt when it comes to advertising. He is making an attempt to be active as this is his next battle in 2019. He comes into this bout undefeated at the UFC with a 5-0 record with just two functionality of the night awards to his credit.
Gilbert Melendez, 12 years old than the upstart Allen, has been through wars with just about everyone in the UFC. Melendez has no issue diminished, entering the struggle on a four-fight losing streak. It’s not a good sign when a fighter should step away from the game to locate their love for this again. Following his final struggle, he did just that, but I have very real questions about the motivation of Melendez, who has not won since 2013.
This will be the biggest fight of Allen’s career and if he’s got a wonderful showing, it ought to vault him to the top 15, finally. He’s very well versed and has shown an ability to accommodate to the fight in front of him.
Lately, he’s given away some of his approach already, saying:”I’m prepared for anything, I have had all sorts of fights. I have been in dull fights where nobody will get hit and you wind up winning without getting touched, and I’ve had fights where I have been in little brawls, type of grinding fights, so I will be ready for whatever he brings. I’m just going to outpoint him, outskill him, and going to be somewhat better than him at the evening .”
I agree, and Allen should point-fight his way to a conclusion victory, but he needs to not give in to Melendez, who’ll desire a kill-or-be-killed firefight.
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