UFC president Dana White now disclosed to reporters a middleweight bout between former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza and Yushin Okami has been targeted for a upcoming event. The fight is intriguing in certain ways, but it might prove 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 handsome grappler in his own right, he is bigger than Okami and might have issues with his size if Okami’s strategy is to just wall-and-stall, he tends to do in the majority of his struggles. But in the event the grappling neutralizes each other and the fight becomes a stand-up conflict then it’s a lot more probable 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 quite suspect at this point of his profession and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Souza won the battle via TKO. The fight will be closer than the public thinks, as I am certain they will be all over Souza. Therefore, I expect”Jacare” to open at about -200 with the comeback on Okami being +150. I really do prefer Souza slightly because he does have the striking advantage but in the event the line reaches the +200 mark for Okami the bet might be on him. It is a close fight though and the ideal play might just be to pass it altogether unless the line holds absurd value for 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 forthcoming UFC 164 card, which takes place August 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI, that’s the city Koch trains from. This is an exceptional matchup between two guys hovering around the top 10 of this UFC featherweight division and I expect it to become tightly contested, so much so that I watch the opening betting line being about a Select’em of -115 for each fighter. Though Koch gets the striking edge, Poirier has the grappling advantage and as Koch showed in his final fight against Ricardo Lamas, he’s definitely susceptible 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 fight and my bet will likely depend on where the gambling public takes the line. Thales Leites Returns to UFC Former UFC middleweight title challenger Thales Leites is coming to the UFC after winning six of his last seven fights since being cut by the promotion following back-to-back losses to Anderson Silva in UFC 97 and Alessio Sakara at UFC 101. The news was reported today by Sportv.Globo.com. Although a lot of people are amazed by Leites returning, I am not. Leites is actually a very solid middleweight fighter and in my opinion that he should haven’t been released in the first place because shedding to Silva was an automatic reduction on his album and the judges absolutely chased him contrary to Sakara. There has been no competition named for Leites within his return but expect him to compete on the UFC 163 card from one of the branch’s lower-end fighters, perhaps someone from TUF 17.
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