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

Having a cut over Alexander Gustafsson’s eyebrow setting the major event of this Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 event into question, it seems like a veteran fighter will step up and fill in the emptiness if Gustafsson’s scheduled struggle against Gegard Mousasi can’t go on. Wanderlei Silva, that conquered Brian Stann via knockout at UFC on FUEL TV 9 last month, tweeted now the UFC telephoned him about taking the fight against Mousasi this past weekend, and that he’s accepted 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, and that he’s already packed his bags for Sweden and will probably be carrying Rafael Cordeiro and Fabricio Werdum together with him to maintain his corner this weekend. However, according to a tweet from UFC president Dana White, the fight with Gustafsson and Mousasi is still going on, even though it’s been reported by numerous Swedish news outlets which the struggle is 99 percent likely to be cancelled because the cut above Gustafsson’s forehead is poor enough that the Swedish MMA Federation has threatened to pull the plug on the fight. In the event the Gustafsson vs. Mousasi fight does not happen, then the scheduled co-main occasion is a lightweight conflict involving Ross Pearson and Ryan Couture which struggle definitely isn’t main event standard. However, a fight between Mousasi and Silva — while not featuring a Swedish fighter inside — is still an superb bout and the fans who have paid for their tickets to the event ought to be happy if that is really the switch. In case Mousasi vs. Silva becomes the newest principal event of UFC on FUEL TV 9, anticipate Mousasi to start as a healthful -250 favorite, together with the comeback on Silva being in the +200 range. Camozzi Fills In For Dollaway Against Mutante In UFC On 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 at his place steps Chris Camozzi, who defeated Nick Ring via split decision at UFC 158 just two weeks ago. The fight, which takes place May 18 in Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, will occur on the evening’s main card. Camozzi (19-5) has looked great as of late, picking up four-straight victories 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 because his time « The Ultimate Fighter » and yet another win, which could be five row, could push up him the middleweight ranks. Mutante (5-2) won TUF Brazil past June at UFC 147 when he defeated Sergio Moraes. But he has been out with injuries ever since. Mutante will soon be coming off a lengthy layoff going into this bout with Camozzi, that has 30 minutes of cage period since Mutante’s last appearance, which will likely end up being a big drawback. Expect this fight to be rather close from the betting odds, 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 much more hype surrounding him.
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