TIM MEANS VS. NIKO PRICE ADDED TO UFC WICHITA

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 spells were added to the card, via ESPN. The new spells are recorded below, along with my initial reactions to them, in today’s edition of MMA odds and ends.
Tim Means vs. Niko Price, UFC Fight Night 146
An intriguing welterweight matchup between Tim Means and Niko Price is set 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 is begun to age but revealed from the Rainey battle his remarkable abilities are still topnotch. Cost (12-2, 1 NC) is currently 4-2, 1 NC at the UFC and is coming from a fast TKO loss to Abdul Razak Alhassan that has been a disappointing follow-up to his barbarous KO win over Randy Brown on the summertime. What a fantastic battle this is between Means and Price because it is a battle between two men who can finish the fight on the feet and on the floor. I can see this one going either way, which may be a surprise to those who’ve been following me for many years, but I’d really slightly lean towards Cost here simply because of his age benefit and the reality Means was in so many wars. The opening line must be close, but I would probably peg Cost as a slight favorite at open.
Alex Morono vs. Zak Ottow, UFC Fight Night 146
Welterweights Alex Morono and Zak Ottow will also meet on this card. Morono (15-5, 1 NC) is 4-2, 1 NC at the UFC and conquered Kenan Song at a”Fight of the Night” performance his last time out. Ottow (17-6) is 4-3 at the UFC and is coming from a split decision win over Dwight Grant. This is a very evenly-matched bout between two guys in the middle of the bunch at 170lbs who’ve been inconsistent in their UFC livelihood. I have been slightly more impressed with Morono within the Octagon so I’d favor him just a tad here, but on paper it’s a close matchup and that I expect the opening line to be near a Pick’em.
Louis Smolka vs. Matt Schnell, UFC Fight Night 146
And finally, Louis Smolka and Matt Schnell will move up to bantamweight and compete with this card. Smolka (15-5) lately made his return to the UFC with a submission win over Mudaerji. All-time Smolka has a 6-5 record from the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win streak overall in MMA. Schnell (11-4) is 2-2 in the UFC and defeated Naoki Inoue and Marco Beltran in his last two outings. Although Schnell has looked better recently, Smolka is the more talented fighter and is proven fighting at 135lbs. I would have to prefer Smolka to win this particular battle, and the fact it’s not taking place at flyweight is another sign the division is going to be shut down this year.
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