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

With a cut over Alexander Gustafsson’s forehead setting the major event of this Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 event into question, it seems like a veteran fighter will step up and fill in the emptiness if Gustafsson’s scheduled fight against Gegard Mousasi can’t move on. Wanderlei Silva, that conquered Brian Stann via knockout at UFC on FUEL TV 9 final month, tweeted today that the UFC called 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 affirmed with Silva what he tweeted wasn’t an April Fool’s joke, which he has packed his bags for Sweden and will probably be taking Rafael Cordeiro and Fabricio Werdum together with him to maintain his corner this weekend. However, according to a tweet from UFC president Dana White, the fight with Gustafsson and Mousasi is still happening, although it’s been reported by numerous Swedish news outlets which the struggle is 99 percent going to be cancelled since the cut above Gustafsson’s forehead is poor enough that the Swedish MMA Federation has threatened to pull the plug in the fight. If the Gustafsson vs. Mousasi fight doesn’t occur, then the scheduled co-main event is a lightweight battle between Ross Pearson and Ryan Couture and that fight definitely isn’t main event caliber. But a struggle between Mousasi and Silva — although not featuring a Swedish fighter in it — is still an superb bout and the fans that have paid for their tickets to the event ought to be happy if that is indeed the switch. If Mousasi vs. Silva becomes the new principal event of UFC on FUEL TV 9, expect Mousasi to open as a healthful -250 favorite, with the comeback on Silva being from 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 forthcoming UFC on FX 8 struggle against TUF Brazil winner Cezar Mutante, and at his place steps Chris Camozzi, who conquered Nick Ring via split decision at UFC 158 only 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 appeared great as of late, picking up four-straight victories 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 could be five in row, would push up him the middleweight rankings. Mutante (5-2) won TUF Brazil last June in UFC 147 when he conquered Sergio Moraes. However, he’s been out with accidents since. Mutante will be coming off a long layoff going to this bout with Camozzi, who has 30 minutes of cage time because Mutante’s final appearance, which will likely prove to be a large drawback. Expect this fight to be pretty close in the gambling odds, but it would not be surprising at all to see Camozzi as the favorite for once, 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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