Last week, we heard the unfortunate news that Yoel Romero was outside of his UFC on ESPN 3 main event middleweight rematch with Ronaldo Souza, who had been a replacement for Paulo Costa. At the point, it was unclear who the UFC matchmakers would be able to call up on short notice. Well, the matchmakers have found their guy, and I will 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 that the matchup, noting that the UFC has assured”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 is coming off of a vicious KO win over Chris Weidman at UFC 230. Souza is arguably the greatest fighter in UFC history to have never fought for a title, but with a win here on Hermansson it could be hard 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 series that includes a first-round entry over David Branch just last weekend in UFC on ESPN 2. He’s quietly become one of the very best middleweights from the Octagon however he just needs a opportunity to prove 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 ideal matchup, this really is a nice replacement bout considering the circumstances. Souza will definitely be preferred here thanks to his UFC experience and star-studded restart, Hermansson is a live dog in this fight and has a chance to win. Pay careful attention to the betting line the moment it comes out, because if the odds are good enough it could possibly be worth it to take a shot on Hermansson at and cash.
Alexander Yakovlev vs. Alex da Silva Coelho, UFC Fight Night 149
Only a little update here to the upcoming UFC Fight Night 149 card, which takes place April 20 at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Because of an injury to Teemu Packalen, Alexander Yakovlev will 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 hasn’t fought as a 2016 entry reduction to Zak Cummings. He’s really on a two-fight losing skid right now and has not won a fight since defeating George Sullivan because 2016, therefore 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 expert MMA introduction in 2014, albeit against a lower level of rivalry in promotions like Brave CF. He does have the benefit of being far more active compared to Yakovlev, but given the expertise of Yakovlev and his home-town benefit he’ll probably be preferred here.
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