Match up Between Surging Lightweights Arman Tsarukyan and Joel Alvarez Scheduled for Fight Night on 26th February

Published 11/30/2021, 7:05 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Arman Tsarukyan of Armenia punches Matt Frevola in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


In another display of phenomenal matchmaking, the UFC has scheduled a fight between rising lightweight prospects Arman Tsarukyan and Joel Alvarez. The fight is set to be on the same card as Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev on February 26th.

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Both fighters are coming off incredible first-round TKO victories in their last performances in the octagon. Arman Tsarukyan landed a devastating left hook to end the bout between him and Christos Giagos. While Joel Alvarez, too, put on a clinical striking showcase against Thiago Moises.

Since losing his debut to Islam Makhachev, Tsarukyan has racked up four straight victories. He has secured wins over the likes of Olivier Aubin-Mercier, Davi Ramos, and Matt Frevola. Displaying an excellent striking and wrestling skill set, Tsarukyan is proving himself to be a real problem at lightweight.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Joel Alvarez of Spain kicks Alexander Yakovlev of Russia in their lightweight 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)

Alvarez, on the other hand, is a giant at lightweight. Akin to his upcoming opponent, he is also on a four-fight win streak. Coming in at six feet three inches with a 77′ inch reach, ‘El Fenomeno’ towers above the rest of the division.

Alvarez is a well-rounded fighter with great striking and a versatile submission game. He is a legitimate finisher with three of his last four finishes coming by submission.

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Arman Tsarukyan vs Joel Alvarez’s strengths and weaknesses comparison

Tsarukyan is an extremely well-rounded fighter who trains at American Top Team. The Armenian-born fighter has a phenomenal frame for the division and is extremely physical. He is the winner of the competitive 2018 Tiger Muay Thai tryouts and now also coaches there.

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Tsarukyan has very good striking on the feet. He throws a variety of powerful kicks and has very crisp boxing. However, if the fight does hit the canvas, Tsarukyan displays excellent grappling and wrestling skills. This will be tested against Joel Alvarez.

Alvarez, on the other hand, is a very long fighter and uses his significant reach advantage to pick his opponents apart at range. The Spaniard isn’t afraid to take the fight to the ground, either. He has displayed excellent Jiu-Jitsu in his professional fights so far, with 16 finishes coming via submission.

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This fight promises to be a competitive matchup. Who do you think will come out on top? Tell us in the comments below.

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Nahum Lobo

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Nahum Lobo is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a media degree from St.Xavier's College, Nahum is a religious follower of events churned out by MMA promotions like Bellator and UFC.

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