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

With a cut above Alexander Gustafsson’s forehead putting the main event of this Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 event into question, it appears like a veteran fighter is going to step up and fill the void if Gustafsson’s scheduled fight against Gegard Mousasi can’t go on. Wanderlei Silva, who conquered Brian Stann via knockout at UFC on FUEL TV 9 final month, tweeted now that the UFC telephoned him about taking the fight against Mousasi this past weekend, which he’s approved and will be departing for Sweden early Tuesday morning. TATAME.com confirmed with Silva what he tweeted wasn’t an April Fool’s joke, and that he has packed his bags for Sweden and will be taking 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 struggle Gustafsson and Mousasi is still going on, although it’s been reported by numerous Swedish news outlets that the struggle is 99 percent likely to be cancelled since the cut over Gustafsson’s eyebrow is bad enough that the Swedish MMA Federation has threatened to pull the plug in the struggle. 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 which fight definitely isn’t main event standard. However, a struggle between Mousasi and Silva — although not featuring a Swedish fighter inside — is still an excellent bout and the fans who have paid for their tickets to the event ought to be happy if that is really the change. In case Mousasi vs. Silva becomes the new main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9, anticipate Mousasi to start as a healthful -250 favorite, together with the comeback on Silva being from 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 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 only over two weeks ago. The battle, which takes place May 18 in Arena Jaragua at 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 from the UFC middleweight division. The 28-year-old has made constant improvements to his game because his time on »The Ultimate Fighter » and another win, which would be five in row, could push him way up the middleweight ranks. Mutante (5-2) won TUF Brazil past June in UFC 147 when he conquered Sergio Moraes. But he has been out with injuries ever since. Mutante will be coming off a long layoff going to this bout with Camozzi, that has 30 minutes of cage time since Mutante’s last appearance, and that will probably prove to be a large disadvantage. Anticipate this fight to be pretty close in the betting chances, but it would not be surprising at all to watch Camozzi as the favorite for once, 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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