UFC 234 is set to take place less than fourteen days from now at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. With the card fast coming up, there have sadly been some accidents and a few fights have been affected. Here’s an update on the newest struggles for UFC 234 in today’s 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 increasing 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 up to 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 last struggle. Alvey has settled to the role of gatekeeper, despite the loss to Nogueira he stays a stern test for any up-and-coming in the light heavyweight division, making Crute the perfect opponent. Note that Alvey was initially set to combat Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC Fight Night 145 before being pulled with this matchup.
Crute (9-0) looked great in his UFC debut because he filed Paul Craig. He is only 22-years old and contains lots of confidence as an undefeated potential. He is the Aussie native and has all of the pressure on himbut he hasn’t shown any signs of not being able to fulfill the hype. From all reports, Crute seems like he’s some of the 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 chances as I saw value there. Against Alvey, I really don’t find any reason why Crute would not be a big favorite. I would peg him around -300 in this fight, and I see him beating Alvey and continuing his march towards the top-15 ranks.
Callan Potter vs. Jalin Turner, UFC 234
Because of an injury to Alex Gorgees, Callan Potter will make his UFC debut on short notice when he takes on Jalin Turner in UFC 234. Nolan King broke the news.
Potter (16-7) is a regional Aussie fighter and has been riding an eight-fight win streak before being filed by Marcin Held at ACB in his final fight. He actually has quite a lot of experience, having fought Jake Matthews earlier in his career. But he’s got no notable wins. Be aware that all Potter’s fights have finished inside 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 set up him as a sacrificial lamb there. All seven of Turner’s career wins have come by stoppage, though he’s been knocked out three times which is of class concerning.
Turner is the bigger name and had a full camp so I do expect him to be preferred, but I believe Potter has a fairly good chance here. Nevertheless, this could be a fight where the props could be the best bet, along with the prop I’ll be looking for is the fight ending inside the space, as I fully expect someone to get knocked out.
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