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 had been a replacement for Paulo Costa. At the 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 give my thoughts on this new main event below.
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 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. ESPN first reported the matchup, noting that the UFC has promised»Jacare» will find a title shot if be victorious over Hermansson.
Souza (26-6, 1 NC) is 9-3 overall in the UFC and he is coming off of 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 name, but with a win here on Hermansson it would be challenging for the UFC to deny him again. Hermansson (19-4) is 6-2 overall at the UFC and is currently riding a three-fight win streak that includes a first-round entry 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 wants a opportunity to demonstrate he’s an elite fighter. With a triumph over Souza, he surely would do exactly that.
Although Souza vs. Romero 2 would have been the perfect matchup, this is a fine replacement bout considering the circumstances. Souza will definitely be preferred here owing to his UFC expertise and star-studded restart, Hermansson is a live dog in this fight and absolutely has a chance to win. Pay close attention to the betting line the moment it comes out, because if the chances are good enough it may be worth it to take a shot Hermansson at plus money.
Alexander Yakovlev vs. Alex da Silva Coelho, UFC Fight Night 149
Only a little update here to the forthcoming 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 news.
Yakovlev (23-8-1) is 2-4 in the UFC but has not fought as a 2016 submission reduction to Zak Cummings. He’s actually on a two-fight losing skid at the moment and has not won a fight because 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 debut in 2014, albeit against a lower degree of rivalry in promotions like Brave CF. He has the advantage of being much more active than Yakovlev, but given the experience of Yakovlev and his home-town benefit he’ll probably be preferred here.
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