On March 14, Brazilian Eliseu Zaleski dos Santos will enter the octagon against Russian Alexey Kunchenko. The bookmakers give dos Santos a slight advantage in this confrontation. We will analyze the future match and determine the real leader. Read our prediction.

At what time Alexey Kunchenko and dos Santos fight?
The fight time is March 14, 2020, at 05:00 PM ET.

Where to watch the fight?
Will be shown ESPN+

How many wins and losses Kunchenko have?
Alexey Kunchenko has 20 wins and 1 loss.

How many wins and losses dos Santos have?
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos has 21 wins and 6 losses.

Statistics and physical data

 Alexey KunchenkoElizeu Zaleski dos Santos
Age3533 
Weight77 kg77.11 kg
Height173 cm180.34 cm
Arm span178 cm185,42 cm
Number of fights2127
Wins20 (13 early)21 (17 early)
Defeat1 (0 early)6 (3 early)

Alexey Kunchenko

Preparation of a fighter for performances takes place in the camps Archangel Michael and Tiger Muay Thai. Having the title of master of sports in army hand-to-hand combat and Thai boxing, the Russian shows himself in the best way in the stance, however, due to his natural power, he is also able to defend himself against most of the take-away counterparts and fight well.

Unlike the opponent, Kunchenko fought in amateurs, but spent only 2 matches there, which he completed with statistics 1-1. Having turned into professionals, he began to fight at tournaments under the auspices of various promotions, among them were Fight Nights Global and M-1 Global. For almost the first 3 years of his career, the Russian record was 12-0 and included victories over Gennady Kovalev, Adil Boranbaev and Carlos Pereira.

Having gained 4 victories in total in the organization M-1 Global, Alexey got the title fight, where he defeated Murad Abdulaev. Then, having held a non-title match against Eduardo Ramon, he began to defend the title, protecting him from Murad Abdulaev, Maxim Grabovich, Sergey Romanov and Alexander Butenko.

Kunchenko could continue to disassemble the applicants, but a fighter with a record of 18-0 is a treasured goal for the UFC, where he eventually ended up. Under the banner, the Russian defeated Thiago Alves and Yushin Okami with unanimous decisions, but in the last match he was upset by Gilbert Burns, who beat him in the same way.

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Deciding not to waste time on amateurs, Zaleski dos Santos began his career as a professional and for the first three and a half years he collected a record of 10-3. After that, he signed up for the Jungle Fight promotion, where in the first duel he was defeated by Guilherme Vasconcelos, but then he did a series of 4 victories. As part of this winstrike, the Brazilian replenished his asset with a title that he defended against Eduardo Ramon, subsequently falling on the UFC scout radar.

After joining the organization, Zaleski lost by a separate decision to Nicolas Dalby. However, then he not only closed this defeat, but also went to the winstrike, which consisted of 7 victories. At different times, he was outplayed by the decisions of Keita Nakamura, Lyman Good and Max Griffin, knocked out Omari Akhmedov, Sean Strickland and Luigi Vendramini, as well as the submission Curtis Millender. The Brazilian interrupted his victorious march in an extreme battle against Lee Jin Song, losing him by technical knockout.

Alexey Kunchenko vs Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Prediction

Stylistically, fighters are classical fighters. If the opponent creates problems in the stand, Eliseu may try to perform a takedown and subsequently, if he passes, apply his BJJ, but the Brazilian does not turn well. On the other hand, Alexey is well protected from turnings, able to both quickly rise and compete in the stalls, however, directly in the ground game his counterpart looks better. Most, if not all the time, the fight will take place on their feet.

Zaleski dos Santos has an advantage in height and reach – by 7 centimeters in both cases, which goes well with his excellent boxing skills and will allow him to shoot his opponent. He is better at moving, more active, more diverse, poorly predictable and at the same time has a more pronounced explosive power. In turn, Alexey often stagnates and does not show the pressure that could create problems for his opponent. In our opinion, the Brazilian in the native walls will kill the Russian fighter and close his defeat.

  • Our prediction: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Will Win.

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