Welcome to the UFC: Alexey Kunchenko

With the UFC coming to Moscow, Russia on September 15th of this year. The UFC is expected to sign many talented Russia fighters for the event. Per Canal Combate, Russia star, and M-1 Global welterweight champion  Alexey Kunchenko signed with the UFC. It was also announced he will take on veteran Thiago Alves.


Alexey Kunchenko

5’10″
Welterweight
33-years-old
Tyumen, Russia
Trains out of Fighter Gym
18-0
13 KO/TKO
1 Submission (Rear-naked-choke)

How will Alexey Kunchenko fare in the UFC

Kunchenko is a high-level fighter and has been fighting at a high level for a while where he has beat opponents with a combined record of 221-81. With an impressive record of 18-0, Kunchenko has shown spectacular defense throughout his career as he’s rarely been on his back nor has been in any kinda trouble. He’s a well-rounded fighter with a high fight IQ as he was also a Russian military Hand-to-hand Combat champion with a muay-thai background. The now former M-1 champion shows a technical striking showcase as he does a great job exploding in always throwing up to at least a two-punch combination or more. When the Russian lands flush he has the power to stop his opponent but his accuracy is what he relies on. Kunchenko is a good wrestler who executed perfectly double-leg takedowns where he mixes it in so well with his dirty boxing along the fence where he is so good. He’s gone the distance four times and has gone five rounds twice while showing excellent cardio. Right now Kunchenno can beat a lot of guys in the UFC’s top 15 in the welterweight division and confidently I see him beating Dong Hyun Kim, Alex Oliveira, Donald Cerrone, Gunnar Nelson, Leon Edwards and Neil Magny.

How does Alexey Kunchenko match-up with Thiago Alves

Thiago Alves isn’t the same “Pitbull” he was years ago. Alves has never had great takedown defense and that’s an areo Kunchenko could exploit. Kunchenko is better in all areas including the feet where Alves footwork has become more squared who can’t take as much damage as he was in the past. I don’t see a way Alves wins this fight.

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