2 April welterweight matchups needed to be changed because of injuries, and for today’s MMA Odds and Ends I will offer 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 the way he loses if Means can keep this battle standing. Sullivan is a decent striker for certain, however Means is among the very best at the welterweight division at blending in all his limbs, and thus if that fight stays standing he’s going to win it. If Sullivan can get Means up against the fence and property some vital takedowns, he could definitely steal a determination on the judges’ cards, but Means has revealed awesome takedown defence at 170lbs and it is going to be very hard for Sullivan to do that. Means is taking this fight on short notice, and 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 really leaning towards Means to find the victory 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 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 famous 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 their opponents up against the fence until they gasoline out, so at least with Clements in now in place of Silva there is a chance this might be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is in fun, back-and-forth standup charms and if he could keep Taleb off of him, he will likely be able to stand at the center of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, however, is one of those guys who sticks to his opponents like glue, and if he can push Clements up against the fence and property a few takedowns, he can win this fight according to his wrestling alone. As a result, the secret for Clements is going to be to stop 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 then outstruck his competitor he can win. I expect Taleb for a slight favorite here, however, do not sleep on Clements inside this spot, even with the short notice.
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