One of the events on the preliminary card of the UFC Fight Night 169 tournament will be the fight of Aalon Cruz against Spike Carlyle. For both fighters the upcoming fight will be the first performance in the top promotion. Both Cruz and Carlyle have a high percentage of early wins, which guarantees an exciting spectacle in the octagon. And we will try to make an expert prediction for this fight to make a successful bet.

Cruz vs Carlyle dos Santos date of battle: February 29. Location: Norfolk, Virginia, Chartway Arena. Weight category: featherweight

At what time Aalon Cruz and Spike Carlyle fight?
The fight time is February 29, 2020, at 08:00 PM ET.

Where to watch the fight?
Will be shown ESPN+, BT Sport 2

How many wins and losses Cruz have?
Aalon Cruz has 8 wins and 2 losses.

How many wins and losses Carlyle have?
Spike Carlyle dos Santos has 8 wins and 1 loss.

Aalon Cruz

The 30-year-old American fighter started his professional career in 2013. Has only had ten official fights. He managed to win eight wins (five times early) and two early losses. He had the ultimate fight on the Dana White show, beating Stephen Nguyen there. All other Cruz’s battles took place at tournaments of little-known fighter organizations, where he collected a record of eight victories with two defeats.

Both Aalon’s losses were premature – from a successful suffocating technique. The American is a versatile fighter with good grappling skills and decent striking power. Aalon can fight at the counter and the parterre. Cruz has impressive anthropometry as for the lightweight category.

The upcoming standoff will be his debut at UFC.

Spike Carlyle

Spike Carlyle is a professional MMA fighter from the United States. He’s now 26 years old. He made his professional debut in 2017. For the young American Carlyle, the upcoming fight will also be the debut at the top level. Previously, Spike fought in the tournaments of little-known promotions, where he won eight victories in nine held bouts. He participated in tournaments of such promotions as LFA, GCfights, CA. He met with such opponents as: Brian Del Rosario, Joseph Rodriguez, Rhagey Wells.

The only defeat in his career – from Serob Minasyan – the American suffered a separate decision by the judges.

Carlyle works confidently in the stand and in the floor, almost always achieving early victories. It will be difficult for him to break through to the close range in the confrontation with the tall and long-armed Cruz. Spike looks good on his feet and on the ground, likes to finish the fights early.

Aalon Cruz vs Spike Carlyle Prediction

It’ll be a good fight to start the evening. Aalon has an anthropometric advantage over what he will use. On his feet, Cruz will clearly have the advantage, he’s a more technical and versatile fighter. Carlyle often takes his opponent to the parterre and tries to deal with him there. The downside to Spike will be a short period of preparation for the fight, he may just not have enough stamina for all rounds.

  • Our prediction Aalon Cruz will win.