UFC 234 is set to occur 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 is an update on the latest fights 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 up on short notice and will take on rising prospect Jimmy Crute in a light heavyweight battle. News of this new matchup was first revealed 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 going 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 into 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 most perfect opponent. Be aware that Alvey was initially set to combat Gadzhimurad Antigulov in UFC Fight Night 145 prior to being pulled for this matchup.
Crute (9-0) looked fantastic in his UFC debut because he filed Paul Craig. He is only 22-years older and contains tons of confidence as an undefeated potential. He is the Aussie native and contains all of the pressure on him, but he has not shown any signs of not having the ability to fulfill the hype. From all accounts, Crute seems like he has a few of those qualities of a future light heavyweight title contender.
In terms of the chances, Crute was a +110 underdog against Ryan Spann, but I would have bet him those odds as I watched worth there. Against Alvey, I really don’t find any reason why Crute wouldn’t be a huge favorite. I’d peg him around -300 inside 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 brief 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 final struggle. He actually has quite a bit of expertise, having fought Jake Matthews before in his career. However, he has no notable wins. Be aware that all Potter’s fights have finished within the distance — win or lose.
Turner (7-4) was pumped out by Vicente Luque in his UFC debut. That was definitely going to be a challenging matchup for Turner, and I’m still not sure why the UFC put him up as a sacrificial lamb there. All seven of Turner’s career wins have come by stoppage, however he’s been knocked out three times himself which is of course concerning.
Turner is the larger name and also had a full camp so I do expect him to be favored, but I believe Potter has a pretty good chance here. However, this could be a fight where the props could be the best bet, and the prop I’ll be on the lookout for is the struggle ending inside the distance, as I fully expect someone to get knocked out.
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