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, who himself was a replacement for Paulo Costa. At that point, it was uncertain who the UFC matchmakers would be able to call up on short notice. The matchmakers have found their guy, and I’ll offer my thoughts on this new main event under.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Jack Hermansson, UFC on ESPN 3
The new main event of UFC on ESPN 3 will 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 the matchup, noting that the UFC has promised»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’s coming off of a vicious KO win over Chris Weidman in UFC 230. Souza is arguably the greatest fighter in UFC history to have never fought for a name, but with a win here over Hermansson it could be challenging for the UFC to deny him again. Hermansson (19-4) is 6-2 overall in the UFC and is now riding a three-fight win series that includes a first-round submission over David Branch just last weekend at UFC on ESPN 2. He has quietly grown into one of the top middleweights from the Octagon however he just wants a opportunity to prove that he’s an elite fighter. With a triumph over Souza, he certainly would do just that.
Although Souza vs. Romero 2 could have become the ideal matchup, this really is a nice replacement bout looking at the circumstances. Souza will definitely be preferred here owing to his UFC expertise and star-studded resume, Hermansson is a live dog in this fight and absolutely has a opportunity to win. Pay careful attention to the betting line when it comes out, because if the odds are great enough it may be well worth it to have a shot Hermansson at and money.
Alexander Yakovlev vs. Alex da Silva Coelho, UFC Fight Night 149
Only a small update on to the upcoming UFC Fight Night 149 card, which takes place April 20 in Yubileyny Sports Palace in 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 information.
Yakovlev (23-8-1) is 2-4 in the UFC but has not fought since a 2016 submission reduction to Zak Cummings. He’s really on a two-fight losing skid right now and hasn’t won a fight since beating George Sullivan since 2016, so he desperately wants to get a win on his home turf here in Russia. Coelho (20-1). Has put together a tremendous record since making his expert MMA introduction in 2014, albeit against a lower level of rivalry in promotions like Brave CF. He has the advantage of being much more active compared to Yakovlev, but given the experience of Yakovlev and his home-town benefit he’ll likely be favored here.
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