Last week, we heard the unfortunate news that Yoel Romero was outside of his UFC on ESPN 3 major event middleweight rematch with Ronaldo Souza, that had been a replacement for Paulo Costa. At that point, it was uncertain who the UFC matchmakers would have the ability to call on short notice. Well, the matchmakers have found their guy, and I’ll give my thoughts on this new main event below.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Jack Hermansson, UFC on ESPN 3
The new principal event of UFC on ESPN 3 will be a five-round middleweight between 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 the matchup, noting that the UFC has assured”Jacare” will find a title shot if he be victorious over Hermansson.
Souza (26-6, 1 NC) is 9-3 overall at the UFC and he is coming from a vicious KO win over Chris Weidman in UFC 230. Souza is arguably the greatest fighter in UFC history to haven’t fought for a title, but with a win here over Hermansson it would be hard for the UFC to deny him again. Hermansson (19-4) is 6-2 overall at 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’s quietly grown into one of the top middleweights in the Octagon but he just needs a opportunity to demonstrate 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 ideal matchup, this is a nice replacement bout looking at the circumstances. Souza will definitely be favored here thanks to his UFC expertise and star-studded restart, Hermansson is a live dog in this fight and absolutely has a opportunity to win. Pay careful attention to the gambling line the moment it comes out, since if the chances are good enough it could possibly be well worth it to take a shot Hermansson at plus cash.
Alexander Yakovlev vs. Alex da Silva Coelho, UFC Fight Night 149
Only a small update on to the forthcoming UFC Fight Night 149 card, which takes place April 20 at Yubileyny Sports Palace at St. Petersburg, Russia. Due to an injury to Teemu Packalen, Alexander Yakovlev will 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 submission reduction to Zak Cummings. He’s really on a two-fight losing skid at the moment and has not won a fight since defeating George Sullivan since 2016, so he desperately needs to find a win on his home turf here in Russia. Coelho (20-1). Has collected a tremendous record since making his expert MMA introduction in 2014, albeit against a lower level of rivalry in promotions like Brave CF. He does have the benefit of being much more active than Yakovlev, but given the experience of Yakovlev and his home-town benefit he’ll likely be favored here.
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