MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR MONDAY: SILVA VS. MOUSASI RUMORED
With a cut over Alexander Gustafsson’s eyebrow setting the main event of this Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 event into question, it seems as though a veteran fighter is going to step up and fill the emptiness if Gustafsson’s scheduled struggle against Gegard Mousasi can not move on. Wanderlei Silva, that defeated Brian Stann via knockout at UFC on FUEL TV 9 last month, tweeted now that the UFC telephoned him about taking the fight against Mousasi last weekend, which he has approved and will be departing for Sweden early Tuesday morning. TATAME.com affirmed with Silva that what he tweeted was not an April Fool’s joke, which he’s packed his bags to Sweden and will probably be taking Rafael Cordeiro and Fabricio Werdum with him to maintain his corner this weekend. However, according to a tweet from UFC president Dana White, the fight Gustafsson and Mousasi is still happening, even though it’s been reported by multiple Swedish news outlets that the fight is 99 percent going to be cancelled since the cut over Gustafsson’s forehead is poor enough that the Swedish MMA Federation has threatened to pull the plug in the fight. If the Gustafsson vs. Mousasi fight doesn’t happen, then the scheduled co-main occasion is a lightweight battle involving Ross Pearson and Ryan Couture and that struggle definitely is not main event caliber. However, a fight between Mousasi and Silva — while not featuring a Swedish fighter inside — remains an superb bout and the fans that have paid for their tickets to the event ought to be happy if that is indeed the switch. If Mousasi vs. Silva becomes the new main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9, expect Mousasi to open as a healthy -250 favorite, with all the comeback on Silva being in the +200 range. Camozzi Fills In For Dollaway Against Mutante At UFC On 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 position steps Chris Camozzi, who defeated Nick Ring via split decision at UFC 158 just over two weeks ago. The fight, which takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, will occur on the evening’s main card. Camozzi (19-5) has appeared 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 continuous improvements to his game since his time “The Ultimate Fighter” and another win, 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’s been out with accidents since. Mutante will soon be coming off a lengthy layoff going to this bout with Camozzi, who has 30 minutes of cage period since Mutante’s last appearance, and that will probably prove to be a big drawback. Anticipate this fight to be pretty close from the gambling chances, but it wouldn’t be surprising at all to watch Camozzi as the preferred for after, even though he’ll be battling at Mutante’s backyard in Brazil and even believed Mutante has much more hype surrounding him.
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