MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR MONDAY: SILVA VS. MOUSASI RUMORED
Having a cut over Alexander Gustafsson’s forehead putting the major event of this Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 occasion into query, it seems as though a veteran fighter will step up and fill in the void if Gustafsson’s scheduled fight against Gegard Mousasi can’t move on. Wanderlei Silva, who 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 this past weekend, and that he has accepted 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, and that he’s already packed his bags for Sweden and will 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 numerous Swedish news outlets which the struggle is 99 percent going to be cancelled because the cut over Gustafsson’s forehead is poor enough the Swedish MMA Federation has threatened to pull the plug on the struggle. If the Gustafsson vs. Mousasi fight doesn’t happen, then the scheduled co-main event is a lightweight battle between Ross Pearson and Ryan Couture and that struggle definitely isn’t main event standard. However, a struggle between Mousasi and Silva — while not incorporating a Swedish fighter inside — remains an excellent bout and the lovers 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 newest main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9, anticipate Mousasi to start as a healthful -250 favorite, with the comeback on Silva being in the +200 range. Camozzi Fills In For Dollaway Against Mutante At UFC About FX 8 An injury to CB Dollaway has forced him from his upcoming UFC on FX 8 fight against TUF Brazil winner Cezar Mutante, and in his place steps Chris Camozzi, who conquered Nick Ring via split decision at UFC 158 just over two weeks ago. The battle, which takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua at Jaragua do Sul, will take place 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 in the UFC middleweight division. The 28-year-old has made constant improvements to his game because his time «The Ultimate Fighter» and yet another triumph, which could be five row, would push up him the middleweight ranks. Mutante (5-2) won TUF Brazil past June in UFC 147 when he defeated Sergio Moraes. But he’s been out with accidents since. Mutante will soon be coming off a lengthy layoff going to this bout with Camozzi, that has 30 minutes of cage time since Mutante’s final appearance, and that will likely end up being a large drawback. Expect this struggle to be rather close in the gambling chances, but it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see Camozzi as the favorite for once, even though he will be battling at Mutante’s garden in Brazil and even thought Mutante has more hype surrounding him.
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