Finishing the Fight: UFC Vegas 42

Joel Alvarez (right) UFC
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: (L-R) Joel Alvarez of Spain punches Joe Duffy of Ireland in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Joel “El Fenomeno” Alvarez (18-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 18

Via KO/TKO: 2

Via Submission: 16

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 3

Via KO/TKO: 1

(Danilo Belluardo)

Via Submission: 2

(Joe Duffy, Alexander Yakovlev)

Joel Alvarez is a 6’3″ lightweight that is a submission grappling ace. Win or lose, Joel has been in just one fight that has gone to the scorecards.

All 18 of Joel’s wins have come by way of finish, with 16 of them coming by submission. Alvarez has seven triangle choke finishes on his record.

Alvarez is taking on Thiago Moises, a very accomplished, high-level BJJ black belt which will be a very big test for him. With Joel’s insane physical attributes he will have an advantage in height and seven inches of reach on Moises, but finding a submission on the ground (especially a triangle) could prove difficult against his jiu-jistu savvy opponent.


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