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 himself was a replacement for Paulo Costa. At that stage, it was uncertain that the UFC matchmakers would have the ability to call on short notice. The matchmakers have found their man, and I’ll give my thoughts on this new main event below.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Jack Hermansson, UFC on ESPN 3
The new principal event of UFC on ESPN 3 is going to 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 get a title shot should he be victorious over Hermansson.
Souza (26-6, 1 NC) is 9-3 overall in the UFC and he is coming from 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 title, 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 streak that includes a first-round submission over David Branch just last weekend at UFC on ESPN 2. He’s quietly become one of the top middleweights in the Octagon but he just wants a opportunity to prove that he’s an elite fighter. With a triumph over Souza, he certainly would do exactly that.
Even though Souza vs. Romero 2 would have become the ideal matchup, this is a fine replacement bout looking at the conditions. Souza will definitely be favored here owing to his UFC experience 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 odds are great enough it could possibly be well worth it to take a shot Hermansson at and money.
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 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 information.
Yakovlev (23-8-1) is 2-4 at the UFC but has not fought as a 2016 submission reduction to Zak Cummings. He is really on a two-fight losing skid at the moment and has not won a fight since defeating George Sullivan because 2016, so he desperately needs to find a win on his home turf here in Russia. Coelho (20-1). Has put together a tremendous record since making his pro MMA debut in 2014, albeit against a lower degree of rivalry in promotions like Brave CF. He has the advantage of being far more active than Yakovlev, but given the experience of Yakovlev and his home-town advantage he will likely be preferred here.
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