MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR MONDAY: WEEKEND FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT ROUNDUP
UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard have been really busy less than two weeks into 2019. The UFC continued its recent run of fight reveals over the weekend, and also 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 agreed to move up a weight class on short notice to fight Glover Teixeira in UFC on ESPN+ 1, taking place this Saturday in 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 in the UFC and is coming off of 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 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 from 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 currently 2-0 in the UFC. Bautista (6-0) is an undefeated potential from the MMA Lab. Bautista is intriguing as a potential, 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 with short-notice replacement Dwight Grant because his opponent in a welterweight contest at UFC on ESPN+ 1. Rencountre (12-3) dropped a decision to Belal Muhammad in his UFC debut while Grant (8-2) is 1-1 in 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 at +155. UPDATE: Grant is from this fight and has been substituted by Kyle Stewart.
Alex Gorgees vs. Jalin Turner, UFC 234
Lightweights Alex Gorgees and Jalin Turner will meet UFC 234, taking place February 10 in Rod Laver Arena in 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 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 place to go to war in UFC Fight Night 145, heading take February 23 in The O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. ESPN broke the news. 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 in the UFC and just defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade through TKO. Give me Yan in this one, and given all 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 in the UFC while Fishgold (17-2-1) is 0-1 at the Octagon. Another coin flip fight, though Teymur has the hot last name heading for him.
Thomas Almeida vs. Marlon Vera, UFC 235
An exciting bantamweight clash between Thomas Almeida and Marlon is set 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 point in time many (including msyself) thought he was a future champion, but he’s lost three of his past four fights along with his chin has not 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 prefer Vera to win this battle.
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