UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard have been really busy less than two weeks into 2019. The UFC continued its recent run of struggle reveals over the weekend, and the brand new bouts are listed 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 agreed to move up a weight class on short notice to fight Glover Teixeira in UFC on ESPN+ 1, taking place this Saturday at Barclays Center at Brooklyn, New York. Teixeira (27-7) is 10-5 at the UFC and most recently dropped a decision to Corey Anderson. Roberson (7-1) is 2-1 at 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 total 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 injury to John Lineker knocked him out of his fight against Cory Sandhagen in UFC on ESPN+ 1, and novice Mario Bautista has agreed to step up 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 started 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 opponent at a welterweight contest at UFC on ESPN+ 1. Rencountre (12-3) fell a choice to Belal Muhammad in his UFC debut while Grant (8-2) is 1-1 at the UFC and is coming off of 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 this struggle and has been substituted 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 in Melbourne, Australia. MMA Today broke the news. Gorgees (6-1) dropped 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 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 at UFC Fight Night 145, going 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 just defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade through TKO. Give me Yan in this , and given all of the hype behind him, I expect him to be 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 in the UFC while Fishgold (17-2-1) is 0-1 in the Octagon. Another coin flip struggle, though Teymur has the hot 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 news. Almeida (21-3) is currently 5-3 in the UFC. At one time many (including msyself) thought he was a prospective winner, but he’s lost three of his past four fights and his chin has not held up nicely. Vera (12-5-1) is 6-4 at the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Guido Cannetti. At this point you need to prefer Vera to win this fight.
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