UFC president Dana White today disclosed to reporters that a middleweight bout between former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo“Jacare“ Souza and Yushin Okami is being targeted for a future occasion. 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 weapon for 15 minutes. Although Souza is a fine grappler in his own right, he is bigger than Okami and might have problems with his size if Okami’s plan is to just wall-and-stall, he tends to do in nearly all his struggles. However, if the grappling neutralizes every other and the fight becomes a stand-up battle then it is much more likely the Souza wins. The Brazilian’s hands have gotten much better lately and although Okami is a nice striker in his own right, his chin is very suspect at this point of his profession and it would not surprise me at all if Souza won the battle via TKO. The fight will be nearer than the public thinks, as I’m sure they’ll be over Souza. As such, I expect“Jacare“ to start at about -200 together with all the comeback on Okami being +150. I do prefer Souza marginally because he does possess the striking benefit but if the line reaches the +200 markers for Okami the wager might be on him. It is a close fight though and the right play could just be to maneuver it completely unless the line retains absurd value for either 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 forthcoming UFC 164 card, which takes place August 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI, which is the town Koch stands from. This really is an exceptional matchup between two guys hovering around the top 10 of the UFC featherweight division and I anticipate it to become tightly contested, so much so I watch the opening gambling line being about a Select’em of -115 for every fighter. Though Koch has the striking edge, Poirier gets the grappling benefit and as Koch showed in his final fight against Ricardo Lamas, he is definitely susceptible to being placed on his spine. But if he can keep the fight standing he has an excellent chance of knocking“The Diamond“ out. I really don’t possess a lean either way yet within this fight and my wager will probably rely on where the gambling public chooses the line. Thales Leites Returns to UFC Former UFC middleweight title challenger Thales Leites is coming to the UFC after winning six of the 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 news 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 a very solid middleweight fighter and in my opinion he should have never been published in the first place because losing to Silva was an automatic loss on his album and also the judges absolutely robbed him contrary to Sakara. There has been no opponent named yet for Leites in his return but expect him to compete on the UFC 163 card against one of the branch’s lower-end fighters, perhaps someone from TUF 17.
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