UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard are very active less than fourteen days into 2019. The UFC continued its recent series of fight shows over the weekend, and the brand new spells are recorded below along with my very first thoughts 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 in UFC on ESPN+ 1, taking place this Saturday at Barclays Center at 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 2-1 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Jack Marshman. This is a fairly intriguing matchup considering Teixeira’s experience and Roberson as a total 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 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 out of the MMA Lab. Bautista is interesting as a prospect, but Sandhagen started as a -475 favorite with the comeback on Bautista at +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 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 off of a split decision loss to Zak Ottow. The oddsmakers opened Grant as a -195 favorite with all the comeback on Rencountre in +155. UPDATE: Grant is from this fight and has been replaced by Kyle Stewart.
Alex Gorgees vs. Jalin Turner, UFC 234
Lightweights Alex Gorgees and Jalin Turner will fulfill UFC 234, taking place February 10 at Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne, Australia. MMA Today broke the news. Gorgees (6-1) dropped 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 here 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 place 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 just defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade through TKO. Give me Yan in this , and given all of the hype behind himI 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 at the UFC while Fishgold (17-2-1) is 0-1 in the Octagon. Another coin flip fight, though Teymur has the sexy 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 currently 5-3 in the UFC. At one time many (such as msyself) believed he was a future winner, but he’s missing three of his last four fights along with his chin hasn’t held up well. Vera (12-5-1) is 6-4 in the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Guido Cannetti. At this point you have to favor Vera to win this battle.
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