UFC 234 is set to occur less than two weeks 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 have been affected. Here’s an update on the latest struggles for UFC 234 in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Sam Alvey vs. Jimmy Crute, UFC 234
Due to an injury to Ryan Spann, Sam Alvey has stepped on short notice and will take on increasing prospect Jimmy Crute at a light heavyweight conflict. News of this new matchup was first shown by news.com.au.
Alvey (33-11, 1 NC) is 10-6 overall in 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 final fight. Alvey has settled to the role of gatekeeper, despite the reduction to Nogueira he stays 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 combat Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC Fight Night 145 before being pulled with this matchup.
Crute (9-0) looked fantastic in his UFC debut because he submitted Paul Craig. He’s only 22-years old and has lots of assurance as an undefeated potential. He is the Aussie native and has all of the pressure on himbut he hasn’t shown any symptoms of not having the ability to fulfill the hype. From all reports, Crute seems 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 would have bet him at those odds as I watched worth there. Against Alvey, I don’t find any reason Crute wouldn’t be a huge 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 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 takes 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 streak before being filed by Marcin Held in ACB in his last struggle. He actually has quite a bit of experience, having fought Jake Matthews earlier in his career. However, he has no notable wins. Note that all of Potter’s struggles have finished within the space — win or lose.
Turner (7-4) was pumped out by Vicente Luque in his UFC debut. That was always going to be a challenging 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 himself which is of course concerning.
Turner is the larger name and also had a complete camp so I do expect him to be favored, but I think Potter has a pretty good chance here. However, this might be a fight where the props could be the best bet, along with the prop I’ll be on the lookout for is the fight ending inside the distance, as I fully expect someone to get knocked out.
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