2 April welterweight matchups needed to be switched because of accidents, and also for the current MMA Odds and Ends I’ll give 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 will be 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 the way he loses if this battle standing can be kept by Means. Sullivan is a decent striker for sure, however Means is among the best at the welterweight division at blending in all his limbs, and so if this fight stays standing he is likely to win it. If Sullivan can get Means up against the fence and land some key takedowns, he can definitely steal a decision about the judges’ cards, but Means has shown awesome takedown defence at 170lbs and it’s going to be somewhat 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 out of bettors, however I believe he’s a really good shot here to knock Sullivan outside or acquire a decision and I am actually leaning towards Means to get the victory here, even considering the fact he’s taking it on short notice. Chris Clements vs. Nordine Taleb UFC 186 Claudio Silva is out of 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 famous for the Fight Pass preliminary card. Silva vs. Taleb was probably going to be a dull, grinding affair involving two guys who like to push their opponents up against the fence until they gasoline outside, in order with Clements in now in place of Silva there is a chance this could be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is always in fun, back-and-forth standup charms and when he could keep Taleb from him, he will likely be able to stand at the center of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, though, is one of those guys that sticks to his rivals such as glue, and when he can push Clements up against the fence and land a few takedowns, he can win this battle 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 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 favorite here, but do not sleep even with the brief notice.
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