MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR MONDAY: SILVA VS. MOUSASI RUMORED
With a cut over Alexander Gustafsson’s forehead putting the major event of the Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 occasion into query, it appears like a veteran fighter is going to step up and fill the void if Gustafsson’s scheduled fight against Gegard Mousasi can not move on. Wanderlei Silva, who defeated Brian Stann via knockout at UFC on FUEL TV 9 last month, tweeted today that the UFC telephoned him about taking the fight against Mousasi this past weekend, and that he’s approved and will be leaving for Sweden early Tuesday morning. TATAME.com confirmed with Silva that what he tweeted was not an April Fool’s joke, which he’s already packed his bags for Sweden and will probably be taking Rafael Cordeiro and Fabricio Werdum with him to maintain his corner this weekend. However, as demonstrated by a tweet from UFC president Dana White, the fight Gustafsson and Mousasi is still happening, although it’s been reported by multiple Swedish news outlets which the fight is 99 percent likely to be cancelled since the cut over Gustafsson’s forehead is poor enough the Swedish MMA Federation has threatened to pull the plug in the fight. In the event the Gustafsson vs. Mousasi fight doesn’t happen, then the scheduled co-main occasion is a lightweight battle between Ross Pearson and Ryan Couture which struggle definitely isn’t main event caliber. However, a struggle between Mousasi and Silva — while not featuring a Swedish fighter in it — remains an excellent bout and the fans who have paid for their tickets to the event should be happy if that is indeed the switch. If Mousasi vs. Silva becomes the newest principal event of UFC on FUEL TV 9, expect Mousasi to open as a healthful -250 favorite, with the comeback on Silva being in the +200 range. Camozzi Fills In For Dollaway Against Mutante In UFC About FX 8 An injury to CB Dollaway has forced him from his forthcoming UFC on FX 8 struggle against TUF Brazil winner Cezar Mutante, also in his place steps Chris Camozzi, who defeated Nick Ring via split decision at UFC 158 only two weeks ago. The fight, which takes place May 18 in Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, will occur on the evening’s most important card. Camozzi (19-5) has looked great as of late, picking up four-straight successes over Ring, Luiz Cane, Nick Catone, and Dustin Jacoby to emerge as a darkhorse contender from the UFC middleweight division. The 28-year-old has made constant improvements to his game since his time on”The Ultimate Fighter” and another triumph, which could be five row, could push up him the middleweight rankings. Mutante (5-2) won TUF Brazil last June in UFC 147 when he conquered Sergio Moraes. However, he has been out with accidents since. Mutante will soon be coming off a long layoff going to this bout with Camozzi, that has 30 minutes of cage time since Mutante’s final look, and that will likely end up being a big disadvantage. Anticipate this struggle to be rather close from the betting odds, but it would not be surprising at all to see Camozzi as the preferred for after, even though he will be fighting in Mutante’s backyard in Brazil and even believed Mutante has more hype surrounding him.
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