UFC 234 is set to take place less than fourteen days from today at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Together with the card quickly coming up, there have unfortunately been some accidents and a few fights are affected. Here is an update on the latest struggles for UFC 234 in the current MMA odds and ends.
Sam Alvey vs. Jimmy Crute, UFC 234
Due to an injury to Ryan Spann, Sam Alvey has stepped up on short notice and will take on rising prospect Jimmy Crute in a light heavyweight battle. News of this new matchup was initially shown by news.com.au.
Alvey (33-11, 1 NC) is 10-6 overall at the UFC while dividing his time between middleweight and light heavyweight. Since moving around 205lbs, Alvey has gone 2-1 with wins over Gian Villante and Marcin Prachnio and a surprising TKO loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in his final fight. Alvey has settled to the role of gatekeeper, despite the reduction to Nogueira he remains a stern test for any up-and-coming in the light heavyweight division, making Crute the most ideal opponent. Be aware that Alvey was originally set to fight Gadzhimurad Antigulov in UFC Fight Night 145 before being pulled with this matchup.
Crute (9-0) looked fantastic in his UFC debut as he filed Paul Craig. He is only 22-years old and has tons of assurance as an undefeated potential. He’s the Aussie native and has all of the pressure on him, but he has not shown any symptoms of not having the ability to fulfill the hype. From all accounts, Crute looks like he’s some of the qualities of a future light heavyweight title contender.
In terms of the odds, Crute was a +110 underdog against Ryan Spann, but I would have bet him at those odds as I saw worth there. Against Alvey, I don’t find any reason Crute wouldn’t be a big favorite. I would peg him about -300 in this fight, and that I visit him beating Alvey and continuing his march towards the top-15 ranks.
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 in UFC 234. Nolan King broke the information.
Potter (16-7) is a local Aussie fighter and was riding an eight-fight win series prior to being submitted by Marcin Held in ACB in his final fight. He actually has quite a lot of experience, having struggled Jake Matthews earlier in his career. However, he’s got no notable wins. Be aware that all Potter’s fights have ended within the space — win or lose.
Turner (7-4) was knocked out by Vicente Luque in his UFC debut. That was always going to be a difficult matchup for Turner, and I am 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, however he’s been pumped out three times which is of course concerning.
Turner is the bigger name and had a complete camp so I do expect him to be favored, but I believe Potter has a pretty good chance . Nevertheless, this could be a struggle where the props could be the best bet, along with the prop I will be on the lookout for is the struggle ending inside the space, as I fully expect someone to get knocked out.
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