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

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Two April welterweight matchups had to be switched due to injuries, and also for today’s MMA Odds and Ends I’ll give my thoughts on both 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 combat George Sullivan in 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. If Means can continue to keep this fight standing, I really don’t see how he loses. Sullivan is a decent striker for sure, but Means is one of the best at the welterweight division at blending in all of his limbs, and so if that fight stays standing he’s likely to win it. If Sullivan could get Means up against the fence and land some vital takedowns, he can definitely steal a determination about the judges’ cards, but Means has revealed amazing takedown defence at 170lbs and it’s going to be somewhat difficult for Sullivan to do this. Means is taking this fight on short notice, and he’s a man who doesn’t get a good deal of love out of bettors, but I think he’s a great shot here to either knock Sullivan outside or win a determination and I am 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 the UFC 186 welterweight bout against Nordine Taleb and now Chris Clements will take on Taleb within an all-Canadian affair. 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 probably going to become a boring, grinding affair involving two guys who like to push their opponents up against the fence until they gas outside, so at least with Clements in today in place of Silva there’s a chance this could be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is always in fun, back-and-forth standup charms and if he could keep Taleb from him, he will likely be able to stand in the middle of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, however, is one of the men who sticks to his rivals such as glue, and when he can push Clements up against the fence and property some takedowns, he can win this battle based on his wrestling independently. Therefore, the secret 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 opponenthe can win. I anticipate Taleb for a slight favorite here, however, do not sleep with the brief notice factoring in, even on Clements inside this spot.
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