UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard have been really busy less than two weeks into 2019. The UFC continued its recent series of fight reveals over the weekend, and also the new spells are recorded below along with my first ideas on them.
Glover Teixeira vs. Karl Roberson, UFC on ESPN+ 1 (UFC FN 144)
Because of an injury to Ion Cutelaba, Karl Roberson has consented to move up a weight class on short notice to combat 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 considering Teixeira’s expertise and Roberson as a whole wildcard at light heavyweight. The oddsmakers started Roberson as a -115 favored and Teixeira as a -105 underdog.
Cory Sandhagen vs. Mario Bautista, UFC on ESPN+ 1
An accident to John Lineker knocked him out of 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 2-0 at the UFC. Bautista (6-0) is a undefeated potential from the MMA Lab. Bautista is interesting as a potential, but Sandhagen opened as a -475 favorite 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 using short-notice replacement Dwight Grant as his competitor in 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 in the UFC and is coming off of a split decision loss to Zak Ottow. The oddsmakers started Grant as a -195 favored with all the comeback on Rencountre at +155. UPDATE: Grant is from the fight and has been substituted by Kyle Stewart.
Alex Gorgees vs. Jalin Turner, UFC 234
Lightweights Alex Gorgees and Jalin Turner will fulfill at UFC 234, occurring February 10 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. MMA Today broke the news. Gorgees (6-1) fell a choice 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 guys who probably aren’t UFC-caliber fighters.
John Dodson vs. Petr Yan, UFC Fight Night 145
Bantmaweight conteners John Dodson and Petr Yan are place to go to war in UFC Fight Night 145, heading take February 23 at The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. ESPN broke the information. Dodson (20-10) is 10-5 at the UFC and is coming from a decision loss to Jimmie Rivera. Yan (11-1) is 3-0 at the UFC and just defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade through TKO. Give me Yan in this one, and given all of the hype behind him, I expect him to become greatly favored.
Daniel Teymur vs. Chris Fishgold, UFC Fight Night 145
Featherweights Daniel Teymur and Chris Fishgold are set to battle 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 has the sexy last name heading for him.
Thomas Almeida vs. Marlon Vera, UFC 235
An intriguing bantamweight battle 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 in the UFC. At one time many (such as msyself) believed he was a prospective winner, but he’s missing three of his past four fights and his chin has not held up nicely. Vera (12-5-1) is 6-4 in the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Guido Cannetti. Now you need to favor Vera to win this fight.
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