NEW UFC FT. LAUDERDALE MAIN EVENT IS RONALDO SOUZA VS. JACK HERMANSSON
Last week, we heard the unfortunate news that Yoel Romero was out of his UFC on ESPN 3 major event middleweight rematch with Ronaldo Souza, who himself was a replacement for Paulo Costa. At that point, it was unclear who the UFC matchmakers would have the ability to call up on short notice. Well, the matchmakers have found their man, and I’ll give my thoughts on this new principal event under.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Jack Hermansson, UFC on ESPN 3
The new principal event of UFC on ESPN 3 is going to be a five-round middleweight involving between”Jacare” and Jack Hermansson, who took the fight on short notice. The card takes place April 27 in BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. ESPN first reported that the matchup, noting that the UFC has promised”Jacare” will get a title shot should he be victorious over Hermansson.
Souza (26-6, 1 NC) is 9-3 overall at the UFC and he’s coming from a barbarous KO win over Chris Weidman at UFC 230. Souza is arguably the best fighter in UFC history to have never fought for a name, but with a win here on Hermansson it could be hard for the UFC to deny him once again. Hermansson (19-4) is 6-2 overall in the UFC and is now riding a three-fight win streak that includes a first-round submission over David Branch just last weekend at UFC on ESPN 2. He has quietly become one of the very best middleweights from the Octagon but he just wants a chance to prove that he’s an elite fighter. With a triumph over Souza, he surely would do just that.
Even though Souza vs. Romero 2 would have been the perfect matchup, this really is a nice replacement bout considering the circumstances. Souza will definitely be preferred here thanks to his UFC expertise and star-studded restart, Hermansson is a live dog in this fight and has a chance to win. Pay careful attention to the gambling line when it comes out, because if the odds are good enough it could possibly be worth it to take a shot Hermansson at and money.
Alexander Yakovlev vs. Alex da Silva Coelho, UFC Fight Night 149
Just a small update here to the upcoming UFC Fight Night 149 card, which takes place April 20 at Yubileyny Sports Palace at St. Petersburg, Russia. Because of an injury to Teemu Packalen, Alexander Yakovlev will now face UFC newcomer Alex da Silva Coelho at a lightweight bout. Globo broke the news.
Yakovlev (23-8-1) is 2-4 at the UFC but has not fought as a 2016 entry loss to Zak Cummings. He is actually on a two-fight losing skid at the moment and has not won a fight since beating George Sullivan because 2016, therefore he desperately wants to find a win on his home turf here in Russia. Coelho (20-1). Has collected a tremendous record since making his pro MMA debut in 2014, albeit against a lower level of competition in promotions such as Brave CF. He does have the advantage of being far more active compared to Yakovlev, but given the expertise of Yakovlev and his home-town advantage he’ll likely be favored here.
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