UFC 234 is set to take place less than fourteen days from now at Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia. Together with the card quickly coming up, there have sadly been some injuries and a couple of fights are affected. Here is an update on the latest 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 rising prospect Jimmy Crute at 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 going 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 last struggle. Alvey has settled to the role of gatekeeper, despite the loss to Nogueira he remains a stern test for any up-and-coming in the light heavyweight division, making Crute the perfect opponent. Be aware that Alvey was initially set to combat Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC Fight Night 145 prior to being pulled with this matchup.
Crute (9-0) looked fantastic in his UFC debut as he filed Paul Craig. He’s only 22-years old and contains tons of confidence as an undefeated prospect. He’s the native and has all of the pressure on himbut he has not shown any symptoms of not being able to fulfill the hype. From all reports, Crute looks like he has 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 worth there. Against Alvey, I don’t see any reason Crute wouldn’t be a big favorite. I would peg him around -300 in this struggle, and that 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 chooses on Jalin Turner in UFC 234. Nolan King broke the information.
Potter (16-7) is a regional Aussie fighter and was riding an eight-fight win series before being filed by Marcin Held in ACB in his last struggle. He actually has quite a lot of expertise, having fought Jake Matthews before in his career. However, he’s got no notable wins. Note that all of Potter’s fights have finished within the distance — win or lose.
Turner (7-4) was knocked out by Vicente Luque in his UFC debut. That was always going to be a challenging matchup for Turner, and I’m still not sure why the UFC set him up as a sacrificial lamb there. All seven of Turner’s career wins have come by stoppage, however he has been knocked out three times which is of class concerning.
Turner is the larger name and had a complete camp so I do expect him to be favored, but I think Potter has a fairly good chance here. Nevertheless, this might be a struggle where the props could be the best bet, and the prop I will be looking for is the fight ending within the distance, as I fully expect someone to get knocked out.
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