Two April welterweight matchups needed to be changed due to injuries, and also for the current MMA Odds and Ends I’ll give my thoughts on both 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 combat George Sullivan in 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. If Means can keep this fight standing, I really don’t see how he loses. Sullivan is a good striker for sure, but Means is among the very best in the welterweight division at mixing in all his limbs, and so if that struggle stays standing he is likely to win it. If Sullivan could get Means up against the fence and land some key takedowns, he could definitely steal a decision on the judges’ cards, but Means has revealed amazing takedown defence at 170lbs and it’s going to be somewhat hard for Sullivan to do this. Means is carrying this fight on short notice, and historically he’s a man who doesn’t get a good deal of love from bettors, however I think he’s a great shot here to knock Sullivan outside or win a determination and I’m really leaning towards Means to get the success here, even considering the fact he’s 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 now 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 slated for its Fight Pass preliminary card. Silva vs. Taleb was likely going to become a dull, grinding affair between two guys who like to push their opponents up against the fence until they gas out, so at least with Clements in today in place of Silva there’s a chance this might be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is always in fun, back-and-forth standup charms and if he can keep Taleb off of him, he will likely be able to stand in the center of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, however, is one of the men who sticks to his rivals such as glue, and when he can push Clements up against the fence and property some takedowns, he can win this fight based on his wrestling alone. Therefore, the secret for Clements is going to be to stop the takedowns, and when he continues to show improvements in his wrestling like he did in his last outing against Vik Grujic, at which he stuffed the takedowns and then outstruck his competitor he can win. I expect Taleb for a small favorite here, however, do not sleep on Clements in this spot, even with the short notice factoring in.
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