UFC 234 is set to occur less than fourteen days from now at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Together with the card fast coming up, there have unfortunately been some injuries and a couple of fights have been affected. Here is an update on the newest fights for UFC 234 in the current MMA odds and ends.
Sam Alvey vs. Jimmy Crute, UFC 234
Because of an injury to Ryan Spann, Sam Alvey has stepped on short notice and will take on rising prospect Jimmy Crute in a light heavyweight battle. News of the new matchup was first shown by news.com.au.
Alvey (33-11, 1 NC) is 10-6 overall at the UFC while splitting his time between middleweight and light heavyweight. Since moving around 205lbs, Alvey has gone 2-1 with wins over Gian Villante and Marcin Prachnio along with a sudden TKO loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in his last struggle. Alvey has settled into the role of gatekeeper, and despite the loss to Nogueira he remains a stern test for any up-and-coming in the light heavyweight division, making Crute the most perfect opponent. Be aware that Alvey was initially set to combat Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC Fight Night 145 prior to being pulled for this matchup.
Crute (9-0) looked fantastic in his UFC debut because he submitted Paul Craig. He is only 22-years older and has lots of confidence as an undefeated prospect. He is the native and contains all of the pressure on himbut he has not shown any symptoms of not having the ability to live up to the hype. From all accounts, Crute looks like he’s a few of those qualities of a future light heavyweight title contender.
As for the chances, Crute was a +110 underdog against Ryan Spann, but I’d have bet him at those odds as I watched worth there. Against Alvey, I really don’t see any reason Crute wouldn’t be a big favorite. I’d peg him about -300 inside this struggle, and I visit him beating Alvey and continuing his march towards the top-15 rankings.
Callan Potter vs. Jalin Turner, UFC 234
Due to an injury to Alex Gorgees, Callan Potter will make his UFC debut on short notice when he chooses on Jalin Turner at UFC 234. Nolan King broke the news.
Potter (16-7) is a regional Aussie fighter and has been riding an eight-fight win series prior to being submitted by Marcin Held at ACB in his last fight. He really has quite a lot of expertise, having fought Jake Matthews before in his career. But he’s got no notable wins. Note that all Potter’s fights have ended inside the space — win or lose.
Turner (7-4) was pumped out by Vicente Luque in his UFC debut. This was definitely going to be a difficult matchup for Turner, and I’m still not sure why the UFC put up him as a sacrificial lamb there. All seven of Turner’s career wins have come by stoppage, though he has been pumped out three times himself which is of class concerning.
Turner is the larger name and had a complete camp so I do expect him to be preferred, but I think Potter has a pretty good chance here. However, this could be a fight where the props could be the best bet, along with the prop I will be looking for is the fight ending within the space, as I fully expect someone to get knocked out.
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