UFC president Dana White now disclosed to reporters that a middleweight bout between former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo»Jacare» Souza and Yushin Okami has been targeted for a future event. The fight is intriguing in certain ways, but it might prove to be a huge stinker if Okami’s game plan is to push Souza contrary to the fence for 15 minutes. Though Souza is a handsome grappler in his own right, he is bigger than Okami and might have problems with his size if Okami’s strategy is to simply wall-and-stall, he tends to do in nearly all his struggles. However, in the event the grappling neutralizes every other and the fight becomes a stand-up battle then it’s a lot more probable the Souza wins. The Brazilian’s palms have gotten much better lately and although Okami is a fine striker in his own right, his brow is quite suspect at this point of his profession and it would not surprise me at all if Souza won the fight via TKO. The struggle will be closer than the public thinks, as I’m certain they’ll be all over Souza. Therefore, I anticipate»Jacare» to open at about -200 with the comeback on Okami being +150. I really do favor Souza marginally because he does possess the striking advantage but if the line reaches the +200 markers for Okami the bet may be on him. It’s a close fight though and the right play could just be to pass it completely unless the lineup holds ridiculous value for either man. Koch vs. Poirier Added to UFC 164 According to MMAweekly.com, a featherweight lean between Erik Koch and Dustin Poirier has been added to the upcoming UFC 164 card, which takes place August 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI, that’s the town Koch stands from. This really is an exceptional matchup involving two guys hovering around the top 10 of this UFC featherweight division and I anticipate it to be tightly contested, so much so that I watch the opening betting line being around a Pick’em of -115 for each fighter. Although Koch gets the striking edge, Poirier gets the grappling advantage and as Koch showed in his last fight against Ricardo Lamas, he is definitely vulnerable to being placed on his back. However, if he can keep the fight standing he has a very good chance of knocking»The Diamond» out. I really don’t possess a slender way yet within this fight and my bet will probably depend on where the gambling public chooses the line. Thales Leites Returns to UFC Former UFC middleweight title challenger Thales Leites is coming to the UFC after winning six of the last seven fights since being cut from the advertising following back-to-back losses to Anderson Silva in UFC 97 and Alessio Sakara at UFC 101. The information was reported today by Sportv.Globo.com. Even though a great deal of people are surprised by Leites coming, I am not. Leites is actually an extremely solid middleweight fighter and in my opinion he should have never been published in the first place because losing to Silva was an automatic reduction on his record and the judges absolutely chased him against Sakara. There has not been any opponent named for Leites within his return but expect him to compete on the UFC 163 card from one of the branch’s lower-end fighters, perhaps someone from TUF 17.
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