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

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2 April welterweight matchups needed to be switched due to accidents, and also for the current MMA Odds and Ends I’ll give my thoughts on both 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 in 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. If Means can continue to keep this battle standing, I don’t see the way he loses. Sullivan is a good striker for certain, but Means is one of the very best at the welterweight division at blending in all of his limbs, and so if that struggle stays standing he’s likely to win it. If Sullivan could get Means up against the fence and land some key takedowns, he can certainly sneak a determination on the judges’ cards, but Means has revealed awesome takedown defence at 170lbs and it’s going to be somewhat hard for Sullivan to do that. Means is carrying this fight on short notice, and historically he’s a guy who doesn’t get a lot of love out of bettors, however I believe he has a great shot here to knock Sullivan outside or win a decision and I’m actually leaning towards Means to get the success here, even considering the fact he’s carrying it on short notice. Chris Clements vs. Nordine Taleb UFC 186 Claudio Silva is from his UFC 186 welterweight bout against Nordine Taleb and now Chris Clements will take on Taleb within an all-Canadian event. UFC 186 occurs April 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Clements vs. Taleb is slated for the Fight Pass preliminary card. Silva vs. Taleb was likely going to become a dull, grinding affair between two guys who like to push up their opponents against the fence until they gas out, so at least with Clements in now instead of Silva there is a chance this might be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is always in enjoyable, back-and-forth standup bouts and if he could keep Taleb off of him, he will probably be able to stand in 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 when he can push Clements up against the fence and land some takedowns, he can win this fight according to his wrestling independently. Therefore, the secret for Clements will be to halt the takedowns, and when 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, but don’t sleep even with the brief notice.
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