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TIM MEANS VS. NIKO PRICE ADDED TO UFC WICHITA

UFC Wichita (UFC Fight Night 146) takes place Saturday, March 9 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.

The card formerly was shown to be headlined by heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Junior dos Santos, and over the weekend a few new preliminary bouts were added to the card, through ESPN. The new bouts are listed below, together with my initial reactions to these, in the modern edition of MMA odds and ends.
Tim Means vs. Niko Price, UFC Fight Night 146
An intriguing welterweight matchup involving Tim Means and Niko Price is place for UFC Fight Night 146. Means (28-10, 1 NC) is 10-7, 1 NC in the UFC and is coming off of a TKO win over Ricky Rainey that snapped a two-fight split conclusion losing skid. At 34 he is begun to age but revealed from the Rainey battle his remarkable abilities are still topnotch. Cost (12-2, 1 NC) is 4-2, 1 NC at the UFC and is coming off of a fast TKO loss to Abdul Razak Alhassan which was a disappointing followup to his barbarous KO win over Randy Brown on the summertime. What a fantastic battle that is between Means and Price because it is a struggle between two guys who can finish the battle on the toes and on the floor. I can see this one going either way, and this might be a surprise to those who’ve been following me for years, but I had really slightly lean towards Price here simply because of his age advantage and the reality Means has been in so many wars. The opening line must be close, but I’d probably peg Cost as a slight favorite in the open.
Alex Morono vs. Zak Ottow, UFC Fight Night 146
Welterweights Alex Morono and Zak Ottow may also meet with this card. Morono (15-5, 1 NC) is 4-2, 1 NC at the UFC and defeated Kenan Song in a”Battle of the Night” performance his last time out. Ottow (17-6) is 4-3 at the UFC and is coming from a split decision win over Dwight Grant. This is a very evenly-matched connection between two men in the middle of the pack at 170lbs who’ve so far been inconsistent in their UFC careers. I’ve been slightly more impressed with Morono within the Octagon so I would prefer him just a tad here, but on paper it is a close matchup and that I expect the opening line to be close a Pick’em.
Louis Smolka vs. Matt Schnell, UFC Fight Night 146
And finally, Louis Smolka and Matt Schnell will proceed up to bantamweight and compete with this card. Smolka (15-5) recently forced his return to the UFC using a submission win over Mudaerji. All-time Smolka includes a 6-5 record in the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win streak complete in MMA. Schnell (11-4) is 2-2 in the UFC and conquered Naoki Inoue and Marco Beltran in his past two outings. Although Schnell has looked better lately, Smolka is the more talented fighter and is more proven fighting 135lbs. I’d have to favor Smolka to win this particular battle, along with the fact it is not occurring at flyweight is another indication the branch is going to be closed down this year.
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