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This Saturday Nurullo Aliev makes his UFC debut against Rafael Alves at UFC Fight Night. Can he make a statement? Lightning Locks answers.
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Rafael Alves vs. Nurullo Aliev Prediction: Can Aliev Make a Statement In His UFC Fight Night Debut?

There comes a time in every man's life when they must ask themselves, am I one of the strong ones or am I just like everyone else? In the case of this Saturday's UFC Fight Night matchup pertaining to Nurullo Aliev versus Rafael Alves, the answer may not come as clear as you might think. Nullo "Uzumaki" Aliev is coming into the fray undefeated at 8-0, with just a whopping two of those victories coming by way of stoppage.

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Rafael Alves vs. Nurullo Aliev Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: February 25, 2023
  • Time: 4:00 PM EDT
  • Where: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+

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Rafael Alves vs. Nurullo Aliev Prediction

Alves has a much dirtier record than his Tajikistan counterpart, but with arguably better overall impending purpose and vigor, going 20-11 with 15 stoppage wins being the fact of the matter for the Brazilian. 

The best way I can describe Aliev's fighting style is it is in the same vein as Damir Ismagulov, an on-the-fly mix-and-matching individual who conveniently has already gone toe to toe with Alves. Isamgulov bested the Brazillian Bruiser by unanimous decision when it was all said and done.

It's this particular wrestling Eastern European style that I believe is going to be the deciding factor and play a supremely pivotal role in the aforementioned bout, as Alves has shown to not only fail at making the necessary adjustments to stifle high-level grapplers but gets all around enamored with the smell of his own farts and showmanship inside of the squared circle MMA fans call the octagon as well. 

Barring some freakshow guillotine from Hail Mary herself, give me without a shred of doubt the main man in Nurullo Aliev to make his UFC debut a triumphant one by pulverizing Rafael Alves with bolstering shots in order to get in on his legs. He'll smother the Brazilian en route to either a 29-28 decision victory or TKO stoppage outright late down the stretch.

Rafael Alves vs. Nurullo Aliev Pick

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