Two April welterweight matchups had to be changed due to accidents, 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 combat 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 don’t see how he loses if this fight standing can be kept by Means. Sullivan is a decent striker for sure, however Means is among the very best at the welterweight division at blending in all his limbs, and thus if that struggle stays standing he is likely to win it. If Sullivan could get Means up against the fence and land some vital takedowns, he can certainly sneak a decision on the judges’ cards, but Means has revealed awesome takedown defence at 170lbs and it’s going to be somewhat difficult for Sullivan to do that. Means is carrying this fight on short notice, and he’s a man who doesn’t get a good deal of love out of bettors, but I think he has a really good shot here to either knock Sullivan out or acquire a decision and I am actually 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 out of 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 famous for its Fight Pass first card card. Silva vs. Taleb was likely going to become a boring, grinding affair involving two guys who like to push their opponents up against the fence until they gas out, so at least with Clements in now in place of Silva there’s a chance this might be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is in fun, back-and-forth standup bouts and when he could keep Taleb off of him, he’ll likely be able to stand at the center of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, however, is one of the men that sticks to his opponents like glue, and if he can push Clements up against the fence and property a few takedowns, he can win this fight according to his wrestling alone. As a result, the secret for Clements is going to be to stop 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 competitor , he could win. I anticipate Taleb for a slight favorite here, but don’t sleep with the brief notice factoring in, even on Clements in this area.
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