UFC Wichita (UFC Fight Night 146) Occurs Saturday, March 9 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.
The card previously was revealed to be headlined by heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Junior dos Santos, and over the weekend a few new preliminary bouts were added into the card, via ESPN. The new bouts are listed below, along with my first reactions to these, in the modern version of MMA odds and ends.
Tim Means vs. Niko Price, UFC Fight Night 146
An exciting welterweight matchup involving 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 in the Rainey battle his striking skills are still top notch. Price (12-2, 1 NC) is 4-2, 1 NC at the UFC and is coming off of a fast TKO loss to Abdul Razak Alhassan that has been a disappointing followup to his barbarous KO win over Randy Brown in the summertime. What a great fight this is involving Means and Price because it is a battle between two men who can finish the fight on the feet and on the ground. I can see this one going either way, and this may be a surprise to people who’ve been following me for years, but I’d actually slightly lean towards Cost here simply because of his age advantage and the fact Means has been in numerous 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 even meet on this card. Morono (15-5, 1 NC) is 4-2, 1 NC at the UFC and defeated Kenan Song at a”Battle of the Night” functionality his last time out. Ottow (17-6) is 4-3 in the UFC and is coming from a split decision win over Dwight Grant. This is a really evenly-matched bout between two guys in the middle of the pack at 170lbs who’ve so far been inconsistent in their UFC livelihood. I’ve been somewhat more impressed with Morono inside the Octagon so I would favor him just a tad here, but on paper it’s a close matchup and I anticipate 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 proceed up to bantamweight and compete on this card. Smolka (15-5) lately forced his return to the UFC with a submission win over Mudaerji. All-time Smolka includes a 6-5 record in the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win streak complete in MMA. Schnell (11-4) is 2-2 in the UFC and conquered Naoki Inoue and Marco Beltran in his last two outings. Though Schnell has appeared better lately, Smolka is the talented fighter and is proven fighting 135lbs. I would have to prefer Smolka to win this fight, along with the fact it is not taking place at flyweight is another sign the branch is going to be closed down this season.
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