UFC 234 is set to take place less than two weeks from today at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. With the card quickly coming up, there have sadly been some accidents and a few fights are affected. Here is an update on the newest 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 up on short notice and will take on rising prospect Jimmy Crute in a light heavyweight conflict. News of this new matchup was initially 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 up to 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 stays a stern test for any up-and-coming in the light heavyweight division, making Crute the most perfect opponent. Be aware that Alvey was originally set to combat Gadzhimurad Antigulov in UFC Fight Night 145 before being pulled with this matchup.
Crute (9-0) looked great in his UFC debut as he submitted Paul Craig. He’s only 22-years older and has lots of assurance as an undefeated potential. He is the native and has all the pressure on himbut he has not shown any symptoms of not having the ability to fulfill 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 don’t see any reason Crute would not be a huge favorite. I would peg him around -300 in this struggle, and 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 chooses on Jalin Turner at UFC 234. Nolan King broke the information.
Potter (16-7) is a local Aussie fighter and was riding an eight-fight win series prior to being submitted by Marcin Held in ACB in his last struggle. He really has quite a lot of experience, having struggled Jake Matthews before in his career. But he’s got no notable wins. Be aware 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. This was definitely going to be a difficult matchup for Turner, and I am still not certain 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 knocked out three times which is of course 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 struggle 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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