MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: TWO APRIL INJURY REPLACEMENT BOUTS ANNOUNCED

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  • Postado em 13 de setembro, 2019


    2 April welterweight matchups had to be switched due to injuries, and for today’s MMA Odds and Ends I will offer my thoughts on the two new fights. Tim Means vs. George Sullivan, UFC on FOX 15 Due to an injury to Kenny Robertson, Tim Means will step in on short notice to battle George Sullivan at UFC on FOX 15, which is set for April 18 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Means vs. Sullivan will air live on UFC Fight Pass. I really don’t see the way he loses if this battle standing can be kept by Means. Sullivan is a good striker for sure, but Means is among the best in the welterweight division at mixing in all his limbs, and thus if that fight stays standing he’s likely to win it. If Sullivan could get Means up against the fence and property some vital takedowns, he could certainly sneak a determination on the judges’ cards, but Means has shown amazing takedown defence at 170lbs and it is going to be very difficult for Sullivan to do this. Means is carrying this fight on short notice, and historically he’s a man who does not get a lot of love from bettors, but I think he’s a great shot here to either knock Sullivan outside or win a determination and I’m actually leaning towards Means to find the success here, even thinking about the fact he is taking it on short notice. Chris Clements vs. Nordine Taleb UFC 186 Claudio Silva is from his UFC 186 welterweight bout against Nordine Taleb and today Chris Clements will take on Taleb within an all-Canadian affair. UFC 186 occurs April 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Clements vs. Taleb is famous for its Fight Pass first card card. Silva vs. Taleb was probably going to become a dull, grinding affair between two guys who prefer to push up their opponents against the fence before they gas outside, so at least with Clements in now in place of Silva there is a chance this might be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is in fun, back-and-forth standup bouts and if he can keep Taleb off of him, he will probably be able to stand in the center of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, though, is one of the guys who sticks to his opponents like glue, and when he can push Clements up against the fence and land a few takedowns, he could win this fight based on his wrestling alone. Therefore, the key for Clements will be to halt the takedowns, and if he continues to show developments in his wrestling just like he did in his last outing against Vik Grujic, at which he stuffed the takedowns and then outstruck his opponent, he could win. I anticipate Taleb for a slight favorite here, however, do not sleep even with the short notice.
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