MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: JACARE VS. OKAMI RUMORED

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 upcoming event. The battle is intriguing in some ways, but it might turn out to be a massive stinker if Okami’s game plan would be to push Souza contrary to the fence for 15 minutes. Though Souza is a fine grappler in his own right, he’s bigger than Okami and might have issues with his size if Okami’s plan is to simply wall-and-stall, which he tends to do in nearly all his struggles. However, if the grappling neutralizes each other and the fight becomes a stand-up battle then it is a lot more likely that 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 very suspect at this point of his profession and it would not surprise me at all if Souza won the fight via TKO. The fight will be closer than the public believes, as I’m certain they’ll be all over Souza. Therefore, I anticipate”Jacare” to open at about -200 together with all the comeback on Okami being +150. I really do prefer Souza marginally because he does possess the striking advantage 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 could just be to maneuver it completely unless the line holds 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, that’s the town Koch trains from. This 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 around a Pick’em of -115 for every fighter. Although Koch gets the edge that is striking, Poirier gets the grappling benefit and as Koch showed in his final fight against Ricardo Lamas, he is definitely vulnerable to being put on his back. However, when he can keep the fight standing he has a very good prospect of knocking”The Diamond” out. I don’t have a slender way yet within this struggle and my bet will likely depend on where the betting 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 in UFC 101. The information was reported today by Sportv.Globo.com. Even though a great deal of people are surprised by Leites coming, I for one am not. Leites is actually an extremely solid middleweight fighter and in my view that he should have never been published in the first place because shedding to Silva was a automatic loss on his album and the judges absolutely chased him against Sakara. There’s not been any competition named yet for Leites in 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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