UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Chikadze: Sam Alvey vs Wellington Turman- Preliminary Card Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/28/2021, 8:52 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Sam Alvey punches Da-un Jung of South Korea in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 254 event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC middleweights Sam Alvey and Wellington Turman collide on the preliminary card for UFC Vegas 35 on August 28. The card is headlined by fan-favorite strikers, Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze and has several interesting match-ups throughout the contest. What’s more, the card has garnered a lot of attention since ‘The Ultimate Fighter 29’ finalists will also duke it out on the card.

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Alvey as well as Turman both need to get back on track as they are not prominent players in the 185-pound division. While a single win won’t be enough to catapult them to stardom, it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Furthermore, their placement on the card is definitely favorable as fans will just about be gearing up for the main card when they scrap.

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UFC Vegas 35: Sam Alvey vs Wellington Turman

‘Smile’n Sam Alvey hasn’t had much to smile about as of late as he hasn’t one a fight June 2018. He is 0-5-1 in his last 6 fights and will most certainly get his walking papers if he loses to his Brazilian opponent on Saturday night. Additionally, he’s lost 3 of his recent bouts via stoppage making things much worse when looking at it under the microscope.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (R-L) Da-un Jung of South Korea punches Sam Alvey in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 254 event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

With over 50 professional bouts to his name, Alvey is definitely not short on experience. He’ll hope that his staying power will carry him through the fight as he isn’t as sharp as he once was in the cage. Nevertheless, his movement can be unorthodox and fighters have had a tough time trying to maneuver through things in the early goings.

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Wellington Turman is 1-3 in his four UFC bouts so far and he lost his last two fights by way of KO stoppage. Moreover, he doesn’t have the name that Alvey has so another loss could mean the end of his UFC run at the moment. He’ll be taking on the aging veteran who is desperate to pull off the win and he’ll have to be wary of surprises.

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – JULY 12: Wellington Turman poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins at Golden 1 Center on July 12, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The 25-year-old Brazilian will be looking to take the fight to the ground and finish it from there. He’s got 7 submission wins under his belt and he’s able to create openings when things seem rather dire down the stretch.

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Prediction: Sam Alvey to claim a third-round TKO

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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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