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

With a cut over Alexander Gustafsson’s eyebrow setting the major event of the Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 occasion into query, it appears like a veteran fighter will step up and fill the emptiness if Gustafsson’s scheduled struggle against Gegard Mousasi can’t move on. Wanderlei Silva, who defeated 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, which he has approved and will be departing for Sweden early Tuesday morning. TATAME.com affirmed with Silva what he tweeted wasn’t an April Fool’s joke, and that he’s already packed his bags to Sweden and will be carrying Rafael Cordeiro and Fabricio Werdum together with him to be in his corner that weekend. But, according to a tweet from UFC president Dana White, the struggle with Gustafsson and Mousasi is still happening, although it’s been reported by multiple Swedish news outlets that the fight is 99 percent likely to be cancelled because the cut above Gustafsson’s forehead is poor enough the Swedish MMA Federation has threatened to pull the plug in the fight. If the Gustafsson vs. Mousasi fight doesn’t happen, then the scheduled co-main occasion is a lightweight conflict involving Ross Pearson and Ryan Couture and that struggle definitely is not main event caliber. But a struggle between Mousasi and Silva — while not featuring a Swedish fighter inside — is still an excellent bout and the lovers that have paid for their tickets to the event should be happy if that is really the switch. In case Mousasi vs. Silva becomes the new principal event of UFC on FUEL TV 9, expect Mousasi to open 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 out of his upcoming UFC on FX 8 struggle against TUF Brazil winner Cezar Mutante, and at his place measures Chris Camozzi, who defeated Nick Ring via split decision at UFC 158 just two weeks ago. The battle, 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 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 constant improvements to his game since his time “The Ultimate Fighter” and another triumph, which would be five row, would push up him the middleweight ranks. Mutante (5-2) won TUF Brazil last June at UFC 147 when he defeated Sergio Moraes. But he has been out with accidents 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 final appearance, which will likely end up being a big drawback. Expect this fight to be rather close from the gambling odds, but it would not be surprising at all to see Camozzi as the favorite for once, even though he’ll be battling at Mutante’s garden in Brazil and even believed Mutante has much more hype surrounding him.
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