UFC president Dana White now 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 some ways, but it might 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 bigger than Okami and could have issues with his size if Okami’s strategy would be to simply wall-and-stall, which he tends to perform in the majority of 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 palms 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 profession and it would not surprise me at all if Souza won the fight via TKO. The fight will be closer than the public thinks, as I’m sure they’ll be over Souza. As such, 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 advantage but in the event the line reaches the +200 markers for Okami the wager might be on him. It’s a close fight though and also the right play could just be to pass it completely unless the line holds absurd 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 forthcoming UFC 164 card, which takes place August 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI, that’s the city Koch stands from. This really is an exceptional matchup between two guys hovering around the top 10 of this UFC featherweight division and I expect it to become closely contested, so much so that I see the opening betting line being around a Select’em of -115 for each fighter. Though 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 susceptible to being placed on his back. However, if he can keep the fight standing that 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 likely rely 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 at UFC 97 and Alessio Sakara at UFC 101. The information was reported now by Sportv.Globo.com. Even though a lot of people are amazed by Leites coming, I for one am not. Leites is actually an extremely solid middleweight fighter and in my opinion he should have never been released in the first place because shedding to Silva was an automatic reduction on his record and also the judges absolutely chased him against Sakara. There’s been no competition named 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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