UFC Wichita (UFC Fight Night 146) Occurs 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 couple new preliminary bouts were added into the card, via ESPN. The new spells are recorded below, along with my initial reactions to them, 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’s started to age but revealed from the Rainey battle his remarkable abilities continue to be top notch. Cost (12-2, 1 NC) is currently 4-2, 1 NC at the UFC and is coming off of a quick TKO loss to Abdul Razak Alhassan that was a disappointing followup to his brutal KO win over Randy Brown on the summer. What a fantastic battle this is between Means and Price because it is a struggle between two men who will finish the fight on the feet and on the floor. I can see this one going either way, and this may be a surprise to those who’ve been following me for many years, but I’d really slightly lean towards Cost here just because of his age benefit and the reality Means was in numerous wars. The opening line should be close, but I would probably peg Price 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 in the UFC and conquered Kenan Song at a“Battle of the Night“ performance his out time. Ottow (17-6) is 4-3 in the UFC and is coming off of a split decision win over Dwight Grant. This is a really evenly-matched bout between two men in the middle of the bunch at 170lbs who’ve been inconsistent in their UFC careers. I have been slightly more impressed by Morono inside the Octagon so I would favor him just a tad here, but on paper it’s a close matchup and I expect the opening line to be near a Select’em.
Louis Smolka vs. Matt Schnell, UFC Fight Night 146
And finally, Louis Smolka and Matt Schnell will move up to bantamweight and compete on this card. Smolka (15-5) recently made his return to the UFC with a submission win over Mudaerji. All-time Smolka includes a 6-5 record in the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win streak complete in MMA. Schnell (11-4) is 2-2 at the UFC and defeated Naoki Inoue and Marco Beltran in his last two outings. Though Schnell has appeared better recently, Smolka is the more talented fighter and is proven fighting at 135lbs. I would have to favor Smolka to win this particular fight, along with the fact it’s not taking place at flyweight is another indication the division is going to be shut down this year.
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