UFC 234 is set to occur less than two weeks from now at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. With the card quickly coming up, there have unfortunately been some injuries 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
Because of 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 at 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 loss 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 fight 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 submitted Paul Craig. He’s only 22-years older and has tons of assurance as an undefeated potential. He is the Aussie native and has all the pressure on himbut he has not shown any symptoms of not being able to live up to the hype. From all reports, Crute looks like he’s a few of those qualities of a future light heavyweight title contender.
As for the odds, Crute was a +110 underdog against Ryan Spann, but I would have bet him those chances as I watched worth there. Against Alvey, I really don’t see any reason Crute wouldn’t be a huge favorite. I would 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 at 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 at ACB in his final struggle. He actually has quite a bit of experience, having fought Jake Matthews before in his career. But he has no notable wins. Be aware that all of Potter’s fights have ended inside the distance — win or lose.
Turner (7-4) was knocked out by Vicente Luque in his UFC debut. This was always going to be a difficult matchup for Turner, and I’m still not sure why the UFC set him up as a sacrificial lamb there. All seven of Turner’s career wins have come by stoppage, though he’s been pumped out three times which is of course concerning.
Turner is the larger name and also had a complete camp so I do expect him to be preferred, but I think Potter has a pretty good chance . However, 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 struggle ending within the space, as I fully expect someone to get knocked out.
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