UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard have been very busy less than fourteen days into 2019. The UFC continued its recent run of struggle reveals over the weekend, and also the brand new bouts are listed below along with my very 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 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 many recently dropped a decision to Corey Anderson. Roberson (7-1) is 2-1 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Jack Marshman. This is a fairly 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 accident to John Lineker knocked him out of his fight against Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and novice Mario Bautista has agreed to step up on short notice. Sandhagen (9-1) is 2-0 in the UFC. Bautista (6-0) is a undefeated potential out of the MMA Laboratory. Bautista is interesting as a prospect, but Sandhagen opened as a -475 favorite with 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 competitor in 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 in the UFC and is coming off of a split decision loss to Zak Ottow. The oddsmakers started Grant as a -195 favored with 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 meet at UFC 234, occurring February 10 at Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia. MMA Today broke the news. Gorgees (6-1) fell a decision to Damir Ismagulov in his UFC debut, while Turner (7-4) was knocked out by Vincente Luque within his UFC debut. Flip a coin between two men 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, heading 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 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 be 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 in the Octagon. Another coin flip 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, 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 point in time many (including msyself) thought he was a prospective champion, but he has lost three of his last four fights and his chin hasn’t held up well. Vera (12-5-1) is 6-4 in the UFC and is coming off of a submission win over Guido Cannetti. At this point you have to favor Vera to win this fight.
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