LATE CHANGES TO UFC 234, SAM ALVEY IN FOR RYAN SPANN
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UFC 234 is set to take place less than two weeks from now at Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia. Together with the card fast coming up, there have sadly been some accidents and a couple of fights are affected. Here is an update on the latest struggles 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 rising prospect Jimmy Crute in a light heavyweight battle. 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 moving around 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 ideal opponent. Note that Alvey was originally set to fight Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC Fight Night 145 prior to being pulled with this matchup.
Crute (9-0) looked fantastic in his UFC debut because he filed Paul Craig. He is only 22-years old and has lots of confidence as an undefeated potential. He’s the Aussie native and has all the pressure on him, but he has not shown any signs of not having the ability to fulfill the hype. From all reports, Crute seems like he has some of the 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 worth there. Against Alvey, I really don’t find any reason Crute wouldn’t be a big favorite. I would peg him around -300 in this fight, and that I see him beating Alvey and continuing his march towards the top-15 ranks.
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 in UFC 234. Nolan King broke the news.
Potter (16-7) is a regional Aussie fighter and has been riding an eight-fight win series prior to being filed by Marcin Held at ACB in his final fight. He actually has quite a bit of expertise, having fought Jake Matthews before in his career. But he’s got no notable wins. Be aware that all Potter’s struggles have finished inside the space — win or lose.
Turner (7-4) was knocked out by Vicente Luque in his UFC debut. This was definitely going to be a difficult matchup for Turner, and I’m still not certain why the UFC put up him as a sacrificial lamb there. All seven of Turner’s career wins have come by stoppage, however he has been pumped out three times himself which is of class concerning.
Turner is the larger name and had a complete camp so I do expect him to be favored, but I think Potter has a pretty good chance . However, this might be a fight where the props could be the best bet, and the prop I’ll be looking for is the fight ending within the distance, as I fully expect someone to get knocked out.
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