MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: TWO APRIL INJURY REPLACEMENT BOUTS ANNOUNCED

Two April welterweight matchups needed to be switched due to accidents, and for the current MMA Odds and Ends I will give my thoughts on both new fights. Tim Means vs. George Sullivan, UFC on FOX 15 Because of an injury to Kenny Robertson, Tim Means will step in on short notice to battle George Sullivan at UFC on FOX 15, which is 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 this battle standing can be kept by Means. Sullivan is a good striker for certain, but Means is one of the best in the welterweight division at blending in all of his limbs, and so if this fight stays standing he’s going to win it. If Sullivan can get Means up against the fence and property some vital takedowns, he can certainly sneak a decision on the judges’ cards, but Means has shown awesome takedown defence at 170lbs and it’s going to be very hard for Sullivan to do this. Means is taking this fight on short notice, and historically he’s a guy who does not get a good deal of love out of bettors, but I think he has a great shot here to knock Sullivan outside or acquire a determination and I’m really leaning towards Means to get the success 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 today Chris Clements will take on Taleb within an all-Canadian affair. UFC 186 takes place April 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Clements vs. Taleb is slated for its Fight Pass preliminary card. Silva vs. Taleb was likely going to become a boring, grinding affair involving two guys who like to push up their opponents against the fence until they gasoline outside, in order with Clements in today instead of Silva there is a chance this might be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is always in fun, back-and-forth standup bouts and if he could keep Taleb from him, he’ll likely be able to stand in the middle of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, though, is one of the men who sticks to his opponents like glue, and if he can push Clements up against the fence and property some takedowns, he can win this fight based on his wrestling alone. As a result, the key for Clements is going to 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, where he stuffed the takedowns and outstruck his opponenthe can win. I expect Taleb for a favorite here, but don’t sleep on Clements inside this area, even with the brief notice factoring in.
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