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 on short notice. Well, the matchmakers have found their guy, and I will offer my thoughts on this brand new principal 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 that the matchup, noting that the UFC has assured”Jacare” will find a title shot should 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 best fighter in UFC history to have never fought for a title, but with a win here over 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 entry over David Branch only last weekend at UFC on ESPN 2. He has quietly grown into 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 exactly that.
Although Souza vs. Romero 2 could have been the perfect matchup, this is a nice replacement bout considering the conditions. Souza will definitely be preferred here owing to his UFC experience and star-studded restart, 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 odds are good enough it could possibly be worth it to take a shot Hermansson at and cash.
Alexander Yakovlev vs. Alex da Silva Coelho, UFC Fight Night 149
Only a small update here 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 in the UFC but has not fought since a 2016 submission loss to Zak Cummings. He’s really on a two-fight losing skid right now and has not won a fight since defeating George Sullivan since 2016, so 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 degree of rivalry in promotions such as Brave CF. He has the benefit of being much more active compared to Yakovlev, but given the experience of Yakovlev and his home-town advantage he will likely be preferred here.
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