UFC president Dana White today revealed 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 some ways, but it might prove to be a massive stinker if Okami’s game plan is to push Souza contrary to the fence for a quarter hour. Although Souza is a fine grappler in his own right, he is smaller than Okami and could have problems with his size if Okami’s plan would be to just wall-and-stall, he tends to do in nearly all his struggles. However, in the event the grappling neutralizes each other and the struggle becomes a stand-up conflict then it’s a lot more probable that Souza wins. The Brazilian’s hands have gotten much better lately and although Okami is a nice striker in his own right, his brow is very suspect at this point of his career and it would not surprise me at all if Souza won the battle via TKO. The struggle will be nearer than the public thinks, as I am certain they will be over Souza. Therefore, I expect”Jacare” to start at around -200 together with all the comeback on Okami being +150. I really do favor Souza marginally because he does have the striking benefit but if the line reaches the +200 mark for Okami the bet might be on him. It is a close fight though and also the ideal play might just be to pass it altogether unless the line retains absurd value for man. Koch vs. Poirier Added to UFC 164 According to MMAweekly.com, a featherweight tilt 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 trains out of. This really is an exceptional matchup involving two men hovering around the top 10 of the UFC featherweight division and I expect it to be tightly contested, so much so that I see the opening betting line being around a Pick’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 vulnerable to being placed on his back. However, when he can keep the fight standing that he has a very good chance of knocking”The Diamond” out. I don’t possess a slender way yet within this struggle and my bet will likely rely on where the betting 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 his last seven fights since being cut by the advertising following back-to-back losses to Anderson Silva at UFC 97 and Alessio Sakara in UFC 101. The news was reported now by Sportv.Globo.com. Even though a great deal of people are surprised by Leites returning, I for one am not. Leites is actually a very solid middleweight fighter and in my view that he should have never been released in the first place because losing to Silva was an automatic reduction on his record and the judges absolutely robbed him against Sakara. There has not been any opponent named yet for Leites within 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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