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

Having a cut above Alexander Gustafsson’s forehead putting the main event of this Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 occasion into question, it appears as though a veteran fighter is going to step up and fill in the emptiness if Gustafsson’s scheduled fight against Gegard Mousasi can not move on. Wanderlei Silva, that 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, which he has accepted and will be leaving for Sweden early Tuesday morning. TATAME.com affirmed with Silva what he tweeted wasn’t an April Fool’s joke, which he’s packed his bags to Sweden and will be carrying Rafael Cordeiro and Fabricio Werdum together with him to maintain his corner this weekend. But, according to a tweet from UFC president Dana White, the struggle Gustafsson and Mousasi is still going on, even though it’s been reported by multiple Swedish news outlets that the fight is 99 percent going to be cancelled because the cut over 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 doesn’t occur, then the scheduled co-main event is a lightweight conflict involving Ross Pearson and Ryan Couture which struggle definitely isn’t main event caliber. But a struggle between Mousasi and Silva — although not incorporating a Swedish fighter inside — remains an excellent bout and the fans who have paid for their tickets to the event should be happy if that is indeed the switch. If Mousasi vs. Silva becomes the newest main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9, expect Mousasi to open as a healthy -250 favorite, with all the comeback on Silva being from 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 struggle against TUF Brazil winner Cezar Mutante, and at his position steps Chris Camozzi, who conquered Nick Ring via split decision at UFC 158 just two weeks ago. The fight, which takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua at Jaragua do Sul, will occur 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 since his time “The Ultimate Fighter” and yet another triumph, which would be five in row, could push up him the middleweight rankings. Mutante (5-2) won TUF Brazil past June at UFC 147 when he conquered Sergio Moraes. But he’s been out with accidents since. Mutante will be coming off a lengthy layoff going into this bout with Camozzi, that has 30 minutes of cage period because Mutante’s final look, and that will likely prove to be a large disadvantage. Expect this struggle to be rather close from the gambling odds, but it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see Camozzi as the preferred for after, even though he will be battling in Mutante’s backyard in Brazil and even believed Mutante has much more hype surrounding him.
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