05/09/2019

MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR MONDAY: SILVA VS. MOUSASI RUMORED


Having a cut over Alexander Gustafsson’s forehead putting the main event of the Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 occasion into question, it appears like a veteran fighter will step up and fill 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 today the UFC telephoned him about taking the fight against Mousasi last weekend, and that he’s accepted and will be leaving for Sweden early Tuesday morning. TATAME.com affirmed with Silva that what he tweeted was not an April Fool’s joke, and that he has packed his bags to Sweden and will be carrying Rafael Cordeiro and Fabricio Werdum with him to be in his corner this weekend. But, according to 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 fight is 99 percent likely to be cancelled since the cut above Gustafsson’s eyebrow is bad enough the Swedish MMA Federation has threatened to pull the plug in the struggle. If the Gustafsson vs. Mousasi fight does not occur, then the scheduled co-main occasion is a lightweight battle involving Ross Pearson and Ryan Couture and that struggle definitely isn’t main event standard. But a struggle between Mousasi and Silva — although not incorporating a Swedish fighter in it — is still an excellent bout and the fans who have paid for their tickets to the event ought to be happy if this is indeed the switch. In case Mousasi vs. Silva becomes the newest main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9, expect Mousasi to start as a healthy -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 upcoming UFC on FX 8 struggle against TUF Brazil winner Cezar Mutante, also in his position steps Chris Camozzi, who conquered Nick Ring via split decision at UFC 158 only over two weeks ago. The fight, which takes place May 18 at 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 in the UFC middleweight division. The 28-year-old has made constant improvements to his game since his time “The Ultimate Fighter” and yet another win, which would be five in row, would push him way up 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 be coming off a lengthy layoff going to this bout with Camozzi, who has 30 minutes of cage time because Mutante’s last look, and that will probably prove to be a large drawback. Expect this fight to be pretty close in the betting chances, but it would not be surprising at all to see Camozzi as the favorite for after, even though he’ll be battling at Mutante’s backyard in Brazil and even believed Mutante has more hype surrounding him.
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