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

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2 April welterweight matchups had to be switched because of injuries, and also for today’s MMA Odds and Ends I will give my thoughts on both 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 combat 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 this fight standing can be kept by Means. Sullivan is a good striker for certain, however Means is among the very best at the welterweight division at mixing in all his limbs, and thus if that struggle stays standing he is going to win it. If Sullivan can get Means up against the fence and property some key takedowns, he could definitely steal a determination about the judges’ cards, but Means has shown amazing takedown defence at 170lbs and it is going to be very hard for Sullivan to do that. Means is carrying this fight on short notice, and historically he’s a man who does not get a good deal of love out of bettors, but I think he’s a great shot here to knock Sullivan out or win a decision and I’m actually leaning towards Means to find 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 takes place April 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Clements vs. Taleb is famous for the Fight Pass first card 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 before they gas outside, so at least with Clements in today instead of Silva there is a chance this might be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is always in enjoyable, back-and-forth standup charms and if he could keep Taleb off of him, he will likely have the ability to stand at the center of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, though, is one of those guys that sticks to his rivals such as glue, and when he can push Clements up against the fence and land a few takedowns, he can win this fight based on his wrestling alone. As a result, the secret for Clements is going to be to stop the takedowns, and if he continues to show improvements in his wrestling just like he did in his last outing against Vik Grujic, where he stuffed the takedowns and then outstruck his opponenthe can win. I expect Taleb to be a favorite here, however, do not sleep with the brief notice factoring in, even on Clements inside this area.
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