Soriano vs Allen Analysis and Prediction

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Soriano vs Allen Analysis and Prediction

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Punahele Soriano (8-0) vs Brendan Allen (16-4)

Middleweight (185)

Punahele Soriano

There’s still a lot to learn about the undefeated, Punahele Soriano. Undoubtedly, Soriano carries nuclear power in both hands – in large part due to his tendency to throw his entire weight behind his shots. Against better counter strikers, Soriano will be forced to pay for his huge overhands by either draining his gas tank or timing a clean counter. Allen, however, will have eyes only on taking this to the mat. While Soriano has a wrestling background, it is yet to be seen in the UFC and he would be ill-advised to showcase it on Saturday.

Brendan Allen

Brendan Allen is an honest fighter, aiming to take opponents down early and grapple them into exhaustion. Aside from the Sean Strickland loss, Allen is typically durable. If forced to engage on the feet for extended periods, however, Allen struggles with a harsh pace. If Soriano’s TDD holds up in the first round, this could be a painfully quick night for the submission guru.

Predicted Result: Allen Submission Round 2

There’s still a lot to learn about the undefeated, Punahele Soriano. With nuclear power in both hands, Soriano’s tendency to throw everything behind his shots won’t be punished by the tame counter-striking of Allen. Instead, Soriano’s wrestling background needs to be called upon. As honest as a fighter as you will find, Allen aims to take opponents down early and grapple them into exhaustion. This match-up isn’t one designed to stick the distance.

Built like a Greek God, Punahele Soriano carries a fair bit of sting in the ol' punches | Soriano vs Allen
Built like a Greek God, Punahele Soriano carries a fair bit of sting in the ol’ punches | Soriano vs Allen

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