UFC 234 is set to take place less than fourteen days from now at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. With the card fast coming up, there have unfortunately been some accidents and a few fights are affected. Here is 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 on short notice and will take on increasing prospect Jimmy Crute at a light heavyweight battle. News of the new matchup was first shown by
Alvey (33-11, 1 NC) is 10-6 overall at the UFC while splitting 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 sudden TKO loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in his final struggle. Alvey has settled into the role of gatekeeper, despite the reduction to Nogueira he remains a stern test for any up-and-coming in the light heavyweight division, making Crute the most perfect opponent. Note 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 great in his UFC debut because he submitted Paul Craig. He is only 22-years old and has tons of confidence as an undefeated prospect. He is the native and has all of the pressure on him, but he hasn’t shown any signs of not being able to fulfill the hype. From all reports, Crute seems like he’s a few of those qualities of a future light heavyweight title contender.
As for the chances, Crute was a +110 underdog against Ryan Spann, but I’d have bet him those chances as I saw value there. Against Alvey, I really don’t find any reason Crute wouldn’t be a huge favorite. I would peg him about -300 inside this fight, and I visit him beating Alvey and continuing his march towards the top-15 rankings.
Callan Potter vs. Jalin Turner, UFC 234
Because of an injury to Alex Gorgees, Callan Potter will make his UFC debut on brief notice when he chooses on Jalin Turner in UFC 234. Nolan King broke the news.
Potter (16-7) is a local Aussie fighter and was riding an eight-fight win streak before being filed by Marcin Held at ACB in his last fight. He actually has quite a bit of experience, having fought Jake Matthews earlier in his career. However, he has no notable wins. Note that all Potter’s struggles have ended inside the distance — win or lose.
Turner (7-4) was pumped out by Vicente Luque in his UFC debut. This was always going to be a challenging matchup for Turner, and I am still not certain why the UFC set him up as a sacrificial lamb there. All seven of Turner’s career wins have come by stoppage, though he has been pumped out three times which is of course concerning.
Turner is the bigger name and had a complete camp so I do expect him to be preferred, but I think Potter has a fairly good chance . Nevertheless, this could be a struggle where the props could be the best bet, along with the prop I will be on the lookout for is the fight ending inside the space, as I fully expect someone to get knocked out.
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