UFC Wichita (UFC Fight Night 146) takes place Saturday, March 9 in 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 couple new preliminary spells were added to the card, via ESPN. The new spells are recorded below, together with my first reactions to them, in the modern edition 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 decision losing skid. At 34 he is begun to age but revealed in the Rainey battle his striking skills are still top notch. Cost (12-2, 1 NC) is currently 4-2, 1 NC in the UFC and is coming off of a fast TKO loss to Abdul Razak Alhassan which has been a disappointing follow-up to his barbarous KO win over Randy Brown on the summertime. What a great fight this is involving Means and Price because it is a battle between two guys 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 have been after me for years, but I’d really slightly lean towards Price here simply because of his age benefit and the reality Means was in so many wars. The opening line should be close, but I’d probably peg Price as a small favorite in the open.
Alex Morono vs. Zak Ottow, UFC Fight Night 146
Welterweights Alex Morono and Zak Ottow may even meet on this card. Morono (15-5, 1 NC) is 4-2, 1 NC in the UFC and defeated Kenan Song at a”Battle of the Night” functionality his out time. Ottow (17-6) is 4-3 at the UFC and is coming off of a split decision win over Dwight Grant. This is a very 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 slightly more impressed with Morono inside the Octagon so I’d prefer him just a tad here, but on paper it’s a close matchup and that I anticipate the opening line to be close a Select’em.
Louis Smolka vs. Matt Schnell, UFC Fight Night 146
And lastly, Louis Smolka and Matt Schnell will move up to bantamweight and compete on this card. Smolka (15-5) recently forced his return to the UFC with a submission win over Mudaerji. All-time Smolka has a 6-5 record in 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 past two outings. Although Schnell has appeared better lately, Smolka is the talented fighter and is proven fighting at 135lbs. I would have to favor Smolka to win this battle, and the fact it is not occurring at flyweight is another indication the branch will be closed down this year.
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