Last week, we heard the unfortunate news that Yoel Romero was out of his UFC on ESPN 3 main event middleweight rematch with Ronaldo Souza, who had been a replacement for Paulo Costa. At that stage, it was uncertain that the UFC matchmakers would be able to call up on short notice. The matchmakers have found their guy, and I will give my thoughts on this new principal 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 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 find 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 off of a barbarous KO win over Chris Weidman at UFC 230. Souza is arguably the greatest fighter in UFC history to haven’t fought for a title, 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 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 needs a chance to demonstrate that he’s an elite fighter. With a triumph over Souza, he certainly would do just that.
Even though Souza vs. Romero 2 could have become the ideal matchup, this is a nice replacement bout looking at the conditions. Souza will definitely be favored here thanks to his UFC expertise and star-studded resume, Hermansson is a live dog in this fight and has a opportunity to win. Pay close attention to the betting line the moment it comes out, since if the chances are great enough it could possibly be worth it to have a shot Hermansson at plus cash.
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 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 in a lightweight bout. Globo broke the information.
Yakovlev (23-8-1) is 2-4 at the UFC but hasn’t fought as a 2016 entry loss to Zak Cummings. He’s actually on a two-fight losing skid at the moment and hasn’t won a fight because defeating George Sullivan since 2016, therefore he desperately wants to get a win on his home turf here in Russia. Coelho (20-1). Has collected a tremendous record since making his expert MMA debut in 2014, albeit against a lower degree of competition in promotions like Brave CF. He has the advantage of being far more active compared to Yakovlev, but given the experience of Yakovlev and his home-town advantage he’ll likely be preferred here.
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