Two April welterweight matchups needed to be switched because of accidents, and also for the current MMA Odds and Ends I will give my thoughts on both new struggles. 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 air live on UFC Fight Pass. I don’t see the way he loses if Means can continue to keep this battle standing. Sullivan is a good striker for sure, however Means is among the best in the welterweight division at blending in all of his limbs, and so if that struggle stays standing he is going to win it. If Sullivan could get Means up against the fence and land some vital takedowns, he can definitely steal a decision about the judges’ cards, but Means has revealed awesome takedown defence at 170lbs and it’s 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 good deal of love from bettors, however I think he has a really good shot here to knock Sullivan outside or win a determination and I’m actually leaning towards Means to find the success here, even considering the fact he is carrying 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 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 first card card. Silva vs. Taleb was probably going to be a dull, grinding affair involving two men who prefer to push their opponents up against the fence before they gasoline out, so at least with Clements in today in place of Silva there is a chance this could be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is 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 middle of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, though, is one of the guys who sticks to his rivals such as glue, and if he can push Clements up against the fence and land a few 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 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 opponenthe could win. I expect Taleb to be a small favorite here, however, don’t sleep on Clements inside this spot, even with the short notice factoring in.
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