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

Two April welterweight matchups had 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 Because of 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 really don’t see how he loses if this battle standing can be kept by Means. Sullivan is a good striker for certain, however Means is one of the very best at the welterweight division at blending in all his limbs, and thus if this fight stays standing he is going to win it. If Sullivan can get Means up against the fence and land some key takedowns, he could certainly sneak a determination on the judges’ cards, but Means has shown awesome takedown defence at 170lbs and it is 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 doesn’t get a lot of love out of bettors, but I believe he has a really good shot here to either knock Sullivan outside or win a determination and I’m really 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 out of the UFC 186 welterweight bout against Nordine Taleb and today Chris Clements will take on Taleb in an all-Canadian event. 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 likely going to become a boring, grinding affair between two guys who prefer to push their opponents up against the fence before they gas outside, in order with Clements in today instead of Silva there’s a chance this could be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is always in fun, back-and-forth standup bouts and if he can keep Taleb from him, he’ll likely be able to stand at the middle of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, though, is one of the guys that sticks to his rivals such as glue, and when he can push Clements up against the fence and property a few takedowns, he can win this battle according to his wrestling alone. Therefore, the key for Clements will be to halt the takedowns, and when 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 competitor he could win. I expect Taleb for a favorite here, but do not sleep with the short notice factoring in, even on Clements inside this spot.
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