2 April welterweight matchups needed to be changed due to accidents, and also for today’s MMA Odds and Ends I’ll give my thoughts on the two 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 how he loses, if Means can keep this battle standing. Sullivan is a good striker for sure, but Means is among the very best in the welterweight division at blending in all his limbs, and so if this struggle stays standing he’s likely to win it. If Sullivan can get Means up against the fence and property some key takedowns, he can certainly sneak a decision on the judges’ cards, but Means has shown awesome takedown defence at 170lbs and it is 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 doesn’t get a lot of love out of bettors, however I think he’s a great shot here to knock Sullivan outside or acquire a determination and I’m actually leaning towards Means to get the success here, even thinking about the fact he’s carrying it on short notice. Chris Clements vs. Nordine Taleb UFC 186 Claudio Silva is from the UFC 186 welterweight bout against Nordine Taleb and today Chris Clements will take on Taleb in 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 first card card. Silva vs. Taleb was probably going to be a dull, grinding affair involving two men who like to push up their opponents against the fence before they gas out, so at least with Clements in now in place of Silva there is a chance this might be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is always in enjoyable, 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, however, is one of the guys that sticks to his rivals such as glue, and if he can push Clements up against the fence and property some takedowns, he could win this fight based on his wrestling alone. Therefore, the key 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 outstruck his competitor , he could win. I expect Taleb to be a favorite here, however, do not sleep with the short notice, even on Clements in this area.
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