UFC Wichita (UFC Fight Night 146) takes place 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, through ESPN. The new bouts are listed 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 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 decision losing skid. At 34 he is started to age but revealed from the Rainey battle his striking skills are still topnotch. Price (12-2, 1 NC) is currently 4-2, 1 NC in the UFC and is coming from a fast TKO loss to Abdul Razak Alhassan which was a disappointing follow-up to his barbarous KO win over Randy Brown in the summertime. What a great battle that is involving Means and Price because it is a struggle between two men who can finish the fight on the feet and on the floor. I can see this one going either way, which might be a surprise to those who’ve been following me for many years, but I had really slightly lean towards Price here simply because of his age advantage and the fact Means has been in numerous wars. The opening line should be shut, but I’d probably peg Price as a slight favorite in the open.
Alex Morono vs. Zak Ottow, UFC Fight Night 146
Welterweights Alex Morono and Zak Ottow may also meet with 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 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 bout between two men in the middle of the bunch at 170lbs who’ve been inconsistent in their UFC careers. I have been slightly more impressed with Morono within the Octagon so I would prefer him just a tad here, but on paper it is a close matchup and I expect 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 move 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 currently 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 past two outings. Though Schnell has appeared better lately, Smolka is the talented fighter and is proven fighting 135lbs. I would have to favor Smolka to win this battle, along with the fact it’s not taking place at flyweight is another indication the division will be closed down this year.
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