MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR MONDAY: WEEKEND FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT ROUNDUP
UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard are very busy less than two weeks into 2019. The UFC continued its recent series of fight reveals over the weekend, and the brand 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 consented 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 at the UFC and most recently dropped a choice to Corey Anderson. Roberson (7-1) is currently 2-1 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Jack Marshman. This is a pretty intriguing matchup considering Teixeira’s experience and Roberson as a total wildcard at light heavyweight. The oddsmakers started Roberson as a -115 favorite 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 in UFC on ESPN+ 1, and novice Mario Bautista has agreed to step on short notice. Sandhagen (9-1) is currently 2-0 in the UFC. Bautista (6-0) is a undefeated prospect from the MMA Laboratory. Bautista is interesting as a prospect, 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 accident to Randy Brown has left Chance Rencountre with short-notice replacement Dwight Grant as his opponent at a welterweight contest at UFC on ESPN+ 1. Rencountre (12-3) dropped a choice 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 favorite with the comeback on Rencountre in +155. UPDATE: Grant is from the struggle and has been substituted by Kyle Stewart.
Alex Gorgees vs. Jalin Turner, UFC 234
Lightweights Alex Gorgees and Jalin Turner will fulfill UFC 234, occurring February 10 in Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia. MMA Today broke the information. Gorgees (6-1) dropped a decision to Damir Ismagulov in his UFC debut, while Turner (7-4) was pumped out by Vincente Luque in his UFC debut. Flip a coin between two men who probably aren’t 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 at UFC Fight Night 145, heading take February 23 at The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. ESPN broke the news. Dodson (20-10) is 10-5 in the UFC and is coming from a decision loss to Jimmie Rivera. Yan (11-1) is 3-0 in the UFC and only defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade via TKO. Give me Yan in this , and given all the hype behind him, I expect him to be heavily preferred.
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 at the UFC while Fishgold (17-2-1) is 0-1 in the Octagon. Another coin reverse struggle, though Teymur gets the hot last name going for him.
Thomas Almeida vs. Marlon Vera, UFC 235
An exciting bantamweight clash between Thomas Almeida and Marlon is place for UFC 235, taking place March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. FloCombat broke the information. Almeida (21-3) is 5-3 at the UFC. At one time many (including msyself) believed he was a prospective winner, but he has lost three of his last four fights along with his chin hasn’t held up well. Vera (12-5-1) is 6-4 at the UFC and is coming off of a submission win over Guido Cannetti. Now you need to favor Vera to win this battle.
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