• 15 Sep, 2019

UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard have been very active less than fourteen days into 2019. The UFC continued its recent series of struggle reveals over the weekend, and also the new bouts are listed below along with my first thoughts on them. Glover Teixeira vs. Karl Roberson, UFC on ESPN+ 1 (UFC FN 144) Due to an injury to Ion Cutelaba, Karl Roberson has agreed to move up a weight class on short notice to fight Glover Teixeira at UFC on ESPN+ 1, taking place this Saturday in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Teixeira (27-7) is 10-5 in the UFC and most recently dropped a decision to Corey Anderson. Roberson (7-1) is currently 2-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Jack Marshman. This is a pretty intriguing matchup contemplating Teixeira’s experience and Roberson as a whole wildcard at light heavyweight. The oddsmakers opened Roberson as a -115 favored and Teixeira as a -105 underdog. Cory Sandhagen vs. Mario Bautista, UFC on ESPN+ 1 An injury to John Lineker knocked him from his struggle against Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and newcomer Mario Bautista has agreed to step on short notice. Sandhagen (9-1) is currently 2-0 in the UFC. Bautista (6-0) is an undefeated potential from the MMA Lab. Bautista is interesting as a potential, but Sandhagen opened as a -475 favored with all the comeback on Bautista in +325. Chance Rencountre vs. Dwight Grant, UFC on ESPN+ 1 An injury to Randy Brown has left Chance Rencountre with short-notice replacement Dwight Grant because his competitor at a welterweight contest at UFC on ESPN+ 1. Rencountre (12-3) fell a decision to Belal Muhammad in his UFC debut while Grant (8-2) is 1-1 at the UFC and is coming from a split decision loss to Zak Ottow. The oddsmakers opened Grant as a -195 favored with all the comeback on Rencountre in +155. UPDATE: Grant is out of this struggle and has been replaced by Kyle Stewart. Alex Gorgees vs. Jalin Turner, UFC 234 Lightweights Alex Gorgees and Jalin Turner will meet at UFC 234, taking place February 10 in Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia. MMA Today broke the information. Gorgees (6-1) dropped a choice to Damir Ismagulov in his UFC debut, while Turner (7-4) was knocked out by Vincente Luque within his UFC debut. Flip a coin here between two guys who probably are not UFC-caliber fighters. John Dodson vs. Petr Yan, UFC Fight Night 145 Bantmaweight conteners John Dodson and Petr Yan are set to go to war in UFC Fight Night 145, going take February 23 at The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. ESPN broke the information. Dodson (20-10) is 10-5 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Jimmie Rivera. Yan (11-1) is 3-0 in the UFC and just defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade via TKO. Give me Yan in this , and given all of the hype behind himI expect him to become greatly favored. Daniel Teymur vs. Chris Fishgold, UFC Fight Night 145 Featherweights Daniel Teymur and Chris Fishgold are set to clash at UFC Fight Night 145. Teymur (6-2) is 0-2 in the UFC while Fishgold (17-2-1) is 0-1 at the Octagon. Another coin reverse struggle, though Teymur has the hot last name going for him. Thomas Almeida vs. Marlon Vera, UFC 235 An intriguing bantamweight clash between Thomas Almeida and Marlon is place for UFC 235, occurring March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. FloCombat broke the news. Almeida (21-3) is currently 5-3 at the UFC. At one point in time many (including msyself) thought he was a future winner, but he has lost three of his past four fights and his chin hasn’t held up nicely. Vera (12-5-1) is 6-4 in the UFC and is coming off of a submission win over Guido Cannetti. Now you have to favor Vera to win this battle. Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be paid if you make a purchase after clicking on the links. Read more:

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