MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: JACARE VS. OKAMI RUMORED
UFC president Dana White today disclosed to reporters a middleweight bout between former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza and Yushin Okami has been targeted for a future occasion. The fight is intriguing in certain ways, but it could turn out to be a massive stinker if Okami’s game plan would be to push Souza against the fence for 15 minutes. Though Souza is a fine grappler in his own right, he is smaller than Okami and could have problems with his size if Okami’s strategy is to simply wall-and-stall, he tends to perform in the majority of his struggles. But in the event the grappling neutralizes each other and the struggle becomes a stand-up battle then it’s much more probable the Souza wins. The Brazilian’s hands have gotten much better in recent years and although Okami is a fine striker in his own right, his chin is quite suspect at this point of his career and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Souza won the battle via TKO. The struggle will be closer than the public thinks, as I am certain they will be over Souza. Therefore, I expect”Jacare” to open at around -200 together with the comeback on Okami being +150. I do prefer Souza marginally because he does have the striking benefit but if the line reaches the +200 mark for Okami the wager may be on him. It’s a close fight though and the ideal play might just be to maneuver it completely unless the lineup retains ridiculous value for man. Koch vs. Poirier Added to UFC 164 Based on MMAweekly.com, a featherweight lean between Erik Koch and Dustin Poirier has been added to the upcoming UFC 164 card, which takes place August 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI, that’s the town Koch stands out of. This is an exceptional matchup involving two men hovering around the top 10 of this UFC featherweight division and I expect it to be closely contested, so much so that I watch the opening betting line being about a Select’em of -115 for each fighter. Though Koch has the edge that is striking, Poirier has the grappling advantage and as Koch showed in his last fight against Ricardo Lamas, he is definitely vulnerable to being placed on his spine. However, if he can keep the fight standing he has a very good prospect of knocking”The Diamond” out. I really don’t have a lean either way yet in this fight and my bet will probably depend on where the betting public takes the line. Thales Leites Returns to UFC Former UFC middleweight title challenger Thales Leites is returning to the UFC after winning six of his last seven fights since being cut from the advertising following back-to-back losses to Anderson Silva in UFC 97 and Alessio Sakara at UFC 101. The information was reported now by Sportv.Globo.com. Even though a great deal of people are amazed by Leites coming, I for one am not. Leites is actually an extremely solid middleweight fighter and in my view that he must have never been released in the first place because losing to Silva was a automatic reduction on his album and the judges absolutely chased him contrary to Sakara. There has been no opponent named for Leites in his return but expect him to compete on the UFC 163 card from one of the division’s lower-end fighters, perhaps someone from TUF 17.
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