Last week, we heard the unfortunate news that Yoel Romero was outside 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 that the UFC matchmakers would be able to call up on short notice. Well, the matchmakers have found their man, and I will give my thoughts on this brand new principal 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 between 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 assured”Jacare” will get a title shot if he be victorious over Hermansson.
Souza (26-6, 1 NC) is 9-3 overall at the UFC and he is coming off of a barbarous KO win over Chris Weidman at UFC 230. Souza is arguably the best fighter in UFC history to have never fought for a name, 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 at the UFC and is now riding a three-fight win series that includes a first-round submission over David Branch only last weekend in UFC on ESPN 2. He has quietly become one of the very best middleweights in the Octagon but he just needs a opportunity to prove that he’s an elite fighter. With a triumph over Souza, he surely would do exactly that.
Even though Souza vs. Romero 2 would have become the ideal matchup, this really is a nice replacement bout considering the circumstances. Souza will definitely be preferred here thanks 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 gambling line when it comes out, because if the chances are great enough it could possibly be worth it to take a shot Hermansson at plus money.
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 at Yubileyny Sports Palace at St. Petersburg, Russia. Because of an injury to Teemu Packalen, Alexander Yakovlev will now 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 hasn’t fought since a 2016 entry loss to Zak Cummings. He’s really on a two-fight losing skid at the moment and hasn’t won a fight since defeating George Sullivan since 2016, therefore 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 pro MMA debut in 2014, albeit against a lower degree 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 advantage he’ll likely be favored here.
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