UFC 234 is set to take place less than fourteen days from today at Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia. With the card fast coming up, there have unfortunately been some accidents and a few fights have been affected. Here’s an update on the latest fights for UFC 234 in the current 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 increasing prospect Jimmy Crute at 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 around 205lbs, Alvey has gone 2-1 with wins over Gian Villante and Marcin Prachnio along with a surprising TKO loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in his final fight. Alvey has settled to the role of gatekeeper, and 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 fight Gadzhimurad Antigulov in UFC Fight Night 145 prior to being pulled for this matchup.
Crute (9-0) looked great in his UFC debut as he filed Paul Craig. He’s only 22-years older and contains lots of confidence as an undefeated prospect. He is the Aussie native and contains all of the pressure on himbut he has not shown any signs of not being able to live up to the hype. From all accounts, Crute looks like he’s some of the 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 at those chances as I watched worth there. Against Alvey, I really don’t see any reason Crute would not be a big favorite. I would peg him about -300 inside this fight, and I visit 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 information.
Potter (16-7) is a regional Aussie fighter and has been riding an eight-fight win series prior to being submitted by Marcin Held at ACB in his final struggle. He really has quite a lot of expertise, having fought Jake Matthews before in his career. But he has no notable wins. Be aware that all of Potter’s fights 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 difficult matchup for Turner, and I’m 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 pumped out three times himself which is of class concerning.
Turner is the bigger name and also had a complete camp so I do expect him to be favored, but I believe Potter has a fairly good chance here. Nevertheless, this could be a fight where the props could be the best bet, and the prop I will be on the lookout for is the struggle ending inside the space, as I fully expect someone to get knocked out.
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