Two April welterweight matchups had to be switched due to accidents, and also for today’s MMA Odds and Ends I will offer my thoughts on the two new struggles. 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 will be set for April 18 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Means vs. Sullivan will broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass. I really don’t see the way he loses if Means can keep this fight standing. Sullivan is a good striker for certain, but Means is one of the very best at the welterweight division at blending in all his limbs, and thus if this struggle stays standing he is likely to win it. If Sullivan can get Means up against the fence and property some key takedowns, he can definitely steal a determination about the judges’ cards, but Means has shown awesome takedown defence at 170lbs and it’s going to be very 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 from bettors, but I believe he’s a great shot here to knock Sullivan outside or acquire a determination and I’m actually leaning towards Means to get the success here, even considering the fact he is 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 takes place 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 probably going to become a dull, grinding affair between two guys who prefer to push their opponents up against the fence before they gas out, in order with Clements in now instead of Silva there’s a chance this might be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is always in enjoyable, back-and-forth standup bouts and when he could keep Taleb from him, he will probably have the ability to stand at the middle of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, however, is one of the guys who sticks to his opponents like glue, and when he can push Clements up against the fence and land some takedowns, he can win this battle according to his wrestling independently. Therefore, the key for Clements is going to be to stop 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 don’t sleep with the short notice, even on Clements inside this area.
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