Two April welterweight matchups had to be switched because of injuries, and also for today’s MMA Odds and Ends I’ll give my thoughts on the two new fights. Tim Means vs. George Sullivan, UFC on FOX 15 Because of 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 broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass. I really don’t see the way he loses if Means can continue to keep this fight standing. Sullivan is a decent striker for sure, but Means is one of the very best at the welterweight division at mixing in all his limbs, and thus if this struggle stays standing he is likely to win it. If Sullivan can get Means up against the fence and land some vital takedowns, he could definitely steal a determination about the judges’ cards, but Means has shown awesome takedown defence at 170lbs and it is going to be very hard for Sullivan to do that. Means is taking this fight on short notice, and historically he’s a man who doesn’t get a lot of love from bettors, however I think he has a great shot here to either knock Sullivan outside or win a determination and I am really leaning towards Means to find the victory here, even thinking about the fact he’s taking it on short notice. Chris Clements vs. Nordine Taleb UFC 186 Claudio Silva is from the UFC 186 welterweight bout against Nordine Taleb and today Chris Clements will take on Taleb in an all-Canadian event. UFC 186 takes place April 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Clements vs. Taleb is slated for its Fight Pass first card card. Silva vs. Taleb was likely going to be a dull, grinding affair between two men who like to push their opponents up against the fence until they gasoline out, in order with Clements in now in place of Silva there’s a chance this could be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is always in enjoyable, back-and-forth standup charms and when he could keep Taleb off of him, he’ll probably be able to stand in the center of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, though, is one of the men that sticks to his opponents like glue, and if he can push Clements up against the fence and land some takedowns, he can win this fight based on his wrestling independently. Therefore, the secret for Clements will be to stop the takedowns, and if he continues to show improvements in his wrestling just like he did in his last outing against Vik Grujic, at which he stuffed the takedowns and then outstruck his competitor , he could win. I anticipate Taleb to be a small favorite here, but don’t sleep with the short notice factoring in, even on Clements inside this area.
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