MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: JACARE VS. OKAMI RUMORED
UFC president Dana White now disclosed to reporters a middleweight bout between former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza and Yushin Okami is being targeted for a upcoming event. The fight is intriguing in certain ways, but it could prove to be a huge stinker if Okami’s game plan is to push Souza contrary to the fence for 15 minutes. Although Souza is a fine grappler in his own right, he is bigger than Okami and could have issues with his size if Okami’s plan is to simply wall-and-stall, which he tends to do in the majority of his struggles. But if the grappling neutralizes every other and the struggle becomes a stand-up conflict then it is a lot more probable that Souza wins. The Brazilian’s palms have gotten much better lately and although Okami is a fine striker in his own right, his chin is very suspect at this stage of his career and it would not surprise me at all if Souza won the battle via TKO. The fight will be nearer than the public believes, as I am certain they’ll be over Souza. As such, I anticipate”Jacare” to open at about -200 together with the comeback on Okami being +150. I do favor Souza marginally because he does possess the striking advantage but in the event the line reaches the +200 markers for Okami the wager may be on him. It is a close fight though and also the ideal play might just be to pass it completely unless the lineup holds absurd value for either man. Koch vs. Poirier Added to UFC 164 According to 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, which is the city Koch trains from. This really is an exceptional matchup involving two guys hovering around the top 10 of the UFC featherweight division and I expect it to become closely contested, so much so I watch the opening gambling line being about a Pick’em of -115 for each fighter. Though Koch gets the striking edge, Poirier has the grappling benefit and as Koch showed in his last fight against Ricardo Lamas, he’s definitely vulnerable to being put on his back. However, when he can keep the fight standing he has an excellent chance of knocking”The Diamond” out. I don’t have a lean either way yet within this fight and my wager will likely rely on where the gambling public chooses the line. Thales Leites Returns to UFC Former UFC middleweight title challenger Thales Leites is returning to the UFC after winning six of the last seven fights since being cut from the promotion following back-to-back losses to Anderson Silva at UFC 97 and Alessio Sakara in UFC 101. The information was reported now by Sportv.Globo.com. Even though a great deal of people are amazed by Leites returning, I am not. Leites is actually a very solid middleweight fighter and in my opinion he should have never been published in the first place because shedding to Silva was an automatic loss on his album and the judges absolutely chased him contrary to Sakara. There has not been any opponent named yet for Leites within his return but expect him to compete on the UFC 163 card from one of the division’s lower-end fighters, possibly someone from TUF 17.
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