UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard are really active less than fourteen days into 2019. The UFC continued its recent run of struggle reveals over the weekend, and also the brand new spells are recorded below along with my first thoughts on them.
Glover Teixeira vs. Karl Roberson, UFC on ESPN+ 1 (UFC FN 144)
Because of an injury to Ion Cutelaba, Karl Roberson has agreed to move up a weight class on short notice to combat Glover Teixeira at UFC on ESPN+ 1, taking place this Saturday in Barclays Center at Brooklyn, New York. Teixeira (27-7) is 10-5 at the UFC and many recently dropped a choice to Corey Anderson. Roberson (7-1) is currently 2-1 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Jack Marshman. This is a pretty intriguing matchup contemplating Teixeira’s expertise and Roberson as a whole wildcard at light heavyweight. The oddsmakers started Roberson as a -115 favorite and Teixeira as a -105 underdog.
Cory Sandhagen vs. Mario Bautista, UFC on ESPN+ 1
An accident to John Lineker knocked him out of his fight against Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and novice Mario Bautista has agreed to step on short notice. Sandhagen (9-1) is currently 2-0 in the UFC. Bautista (6-0) is a undefeated prospect from the MMA Laboratory. Bautista is intriguing as a prospect, but Sandhagen started as a -475 favorite with all the comeback on Bautista at +325.
Chance Rencountre vs. Dwight Grant, UFC on ESPN+ 1
An accident to Randy Brown has left Chance Rencountre using short-notice replacement Dwight Grant because his opponent in a welterweight contest at UFC on ESPN+ 1. Rencountre (12-3) dropped a choice to Belal Muhammad in his UFC debut while Grant (8-2) is 1-1 at the UFC and is coming off of a split decision loss to Zak Ottow. The oddsmakers started Grant as a -195 favorite with all the comeback on Rencountre at +155. UPDATE: Grant is out of this fight and has been substituted by Kyle Stewart.
Alex Gorgees vs. Jalin Turner, UFC 234
Lightweights Alex Gorgees and Jalin Turner will fulfill UFC 234, taking place February 10 in Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia. MMA Today broke the news. Gorgees (6-1) dropped a decision to Damir Ismagulov in his UFC debut, while Turner (7-4) was knocked out by Vincente Luque in his UFC debut. Flip a coin here between two guys who probably are not UFC-caliber fighters.
John Dodson vs. Petr Yan, UFC Fight Night 145
Bantmaweight conteners John Dodson and Petr Yan are set to go to war at UFC Fight Night 145, going take February 23 at The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. ESPN broke the information. Dodson (20-10) is 10-5 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Jimmie Rivera. Yan (11-1) is 3-0 at the UFC and only defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade via TKO. Give me Yan in this , and given all of the hype behind himI expect him to become heavily favored.
Daniel Teymur vs. Chris Fishgold, UFC Fight Night 145
Featherweights Daniel Teymur and Chris Fishgold are set to clash at UFC Fight Night 145. Teymur (6-2) is 0-2 in the UFC while Fishgold (17-2-1) is 0-1 at the Octagon. Another coin flip struggle, though Teymur gets the hot last name going for him.
Thomas Almeida vs. Marlon Vera, UFC 235
An exciting bantamweight clash between Thomas Almeida and Marlon is set for UFC 235, occurring March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. FloCombat broke the information. Almeida (21-3) is currently 5-3 at the UFC. At one time many (including msyself) thought he was a prospective champion, but he’s missing three of his past four fights along with his chin hasn’t held up well. Vera (12-5-1) is 6-4 at the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Guido Cannetti. Now you have to favor Vera to win this fight.
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