UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs Holland- Sam Alvey vs Julian Marquez: Prediction and Analysis

Published 04/10/2021, 7:56 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 01: Julian Marquez reacts to his knockout victory over Phillip Hawes in their middleweight bout during Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series at the TUF Gym on August 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/DWTNCS)


Sam Alvey will take on Julian Marquez in a middleweight contest on the main card of UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs Holland. Alongside the exciting main event between Marvin Vettori and Kevin Holland, this fight is the only other middleweight contest of the night.

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‘Smile’N’ will move from the light-heavyweight division to 185 lbs where he will look to rejuvenate his UFC career. Alvey hasn’t won a single of his last five fights, losing four of them. His last win was against Gian Villante in 2018.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 01: Julian Marquez celebrates his knockout victory over Phillip Hawes in their middleweight bout during Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series at the TUF Gym on August 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/DWTNCS)

Marquez on the other hand is coming off a submission win over Maki Pitolo at UFC 258. Following the fight, ‘The Cuban Missile Crisis’ grabbed headlines as he called out Miley Cyrus to be his valentine.

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Marquez is a Dana White’s Contender Series alumni. He knocked out Phil Hawes on the show in 2017. A submission win over Darren Stewart in his UFC debut was followed by a split decision loss to Alessio Di Chirico before his fight against Pitolo.

Sam Alvey and Julian Marquez in numbers

Alvey has been a UFC veteran since 2014. He has defeated the likes of Nate Marquardt, Rashad Evans, Cezar Ferreira, and more during his time in the organization, but he is currently on a slump. Alvey has a professional record of 33-14 with 22 (19 T/KO & 3 submissions) of his wins coming by finishes.

The 30-year-old, Marquez, has a record of 8-2 with all of his wins coming via stoppage. Furthermore, ‘The Cuban Missile Crisis’ has never been finished in his professional career.

Keeping Marquez’s knockout prowess and durable chin in mind, the 34-year-old Alvey will look to grapple his opponent in the earlier stages of the fight.

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But Marquez should be able to avoid those exchanges and emerge as the winner if the bout is contested on the feet.

Final Prediction: Julian ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’ Marquez by knockout.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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