UFC 262: Kevin Aguilar vs Tucker Lutz- Early Prelims Prediction and Analysis

Published 05/13/2021, 9:51 AM EDT


UFC featherweights Kevin Aguilar and Tucker Lutz will meet in the middle of the cage at UFC 262. The bout takes place as part of the early prelims section and has been earmarked by fans to be an exciting back-and-forth scrap. Both men leave it all on the line and will compete against Barboza and Burgos for ‘Fight of the Night’ honors.

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The featherweight division spearheaded by Alexander Volkanovski has seen a break in action due to his inactivity. As Alexander ‘The Great’ films TUF against Brian Ortega, several new contenders have emerged from the woodwork. Aguilar and Lutz will be keen to eventually join the conversation and make a run towards undisputed gold.

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UFC 262: Kevin Aguilar vs Tucker Lutz

‘The Angel of Death’ Aguilar is on a three-fight skid in the promotion and is in dire need of a show-stopping performance. He lost his last outing to Charles Rosa via split decision and hasn’t been able to execute his game plan. Chiefly, Kevin Aguilar cannot afford another misstep as he takes on the ever-dangerous Lutz.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 13: (R-L) Charles Rosa punches Kevin Aguilar in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 13, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Kevin Aguilar has proven himself to be a versatile striker and is an avid headhunter from close range. However, he doesn’t let slide the importance of body strikes and usually tends to keep an even pace throughout the fight. He’ll have to be wary of leg kicks which could be a huge hindrance to his forward momentum late in the fight.

Tucker Lutz is on an 11-fight win streak and hasn’t lost a fight since his pro debut back in October 2015. After two successful appearances on Dana White’s Contender Series, Lutz finds himself with a big opportunity. What’s more, the ESPN+ showcase that the early prelims provides will be beneficial when looking to scalp a big win.

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Tucker Lutz is a fundamental fighter with somewhat plotting movement that allows him to land heavy strikes. However, he’ll benefit greatly from being mobile with his movement when facing Aguilar who’s well primed to make dynamic decisions.

Prediction: Kevin Aguilar to claim a second-round TKO win

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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