LATE CHANGES TO UFC 234, SAM ALVEY IN FOR RYAN SPANN

  • 4 Oct, 2019

UFC 234 is set to take place less than two weeks from today at Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia. Together with the card fast coming up, there have unfortunately been some accidents and a couple of fights are affected. Here’s an update on the latest struggles 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 up on short notice and will take on increasing prospect Jimmy Crute in 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 sudden TKO loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in his final fight. Alvey has settled into 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 ideal opponent. Note that Alvey was originally set to combat Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC Fight Night 145 prior to being pulled with this matchup. Crute (9-0) looked great in his UFC debut because he submitted Paul Craig. He is only 22-years old and contains tons of confidence as an undefeated prospect. He is the native and contains all the pressure on himbut he hasn’t 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’d have bet him at those odds as I saw worth there. Against Alvey, I don’t see any reason why Crute wouldn’t be a big favorite. I’d peg him around -300 inside this struggle, and that 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 local Aussie fighter and was riding an eight-fight win streak prior to being filed by Marcin Held at ACB in his last struggle. He actually 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 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 am still not sure why the UFC put 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 class concerning. Turner is the larger name and had a full camp so I do expect him to be preferred, but I believe Potter has a fairly good chance . Nevertheless, this might be a struggle where the props might be the best bet, along with the prop I’ll be looking for is the struggle ending inside the distance, as I fully expect someone to get knocked out. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker is going to be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on the links. Read more: ascot odds

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