TIM MEANS VS. NIKO PRICE ADDED TO UFC WICHITA

UFC Wichita (UFC Fight Night 146) takes place Saturday, March 9 in 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, through ESPN. The new spells are recorded below, along with my first reactions to these, in today’s 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 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’s started to age but showed in the Rainey battle his remarkable abilities are still topnotch. 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 was a disappointing followup to his brutal KO win over Randy Brown in the summer. What a fantastic fight that is involving Means and Price because it is a battle between two men who can finish the fight on the toes and on the ground. I can see this one going either way, which might be a surprise to people who’ve been after me for years, but I’d really slightly lean towards Price here simply because of his age benefit and the fact Means was in so many wars. The opening line should be shut, but I’d probably peg Cost as a small favorite in the open.
Alex Morono vs. Zak Ottow, UFC Fight Night 146
Welterweights Alex Morono and Zak Ottow will also meet with this card. Morono (15-5, 1 NC) is 4-2, 1 NC in the UFC and conquered Kenan Song in a”Fight of the Night” functionality 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 really evenly-matched connection between two men in the middle of the pack at 170lbs who’ve so far been inconsistent in their UFC careers. I have been slightly more impressed with Morono within the Octagon so I would prefer him just a bit here, but on paper it’s a close matchup and that I anticipate 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 proceed up to bantamweight and compete with this card. Smolka (15-5) recently forced his return to the UFC using a submission win over Mudaerji. All-time Smolka has a 6-5 record from the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win streak overall in MMA. Schnell (11-4) is 2-2 at the UFC and conquered Naoki Inoue and Marco Beltran in his last two outings. Though Schnell has looked better lately, Smolka is the more talented fighter and is more proven fighting 135lbs. I would have to favor Smolka to win this particular fight, along with the fact it is not occurring at flyweight is another sign the branch will be closed down this year.
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