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Postado em 29 de agosto, 2019
UFC Ft. Lauderdale is set to take place April 27 in BB&T Center, and the major event was expected to be a five-round middleweight bout between Yoel Romero and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza. Unfortunately, Romero has pulled out with trauma and the UFC is trying to find a new opponent for Souza. A few other bouts on the card have also seen changes occur, and I will give my initial thoughts on them under.
Alex Oliveira vs. Mike Perry, UFC on ESPN 3
An exciting welterweight bout between Alex Oliveira and Mike Perry will happen at UFC on ESPN 3. ESPN first broke the news that Perry is filling in on short notice for its injured Li Jingliang.
Oliveira (19-6-1, two NC) is currently 9-4, 1 NC in the UFC and is coming off of a barbarous submission loss to Gunnar Nelson in his last struggle. He’s always in exciting fights win-or-lose, but is lacking that signature victory and hasn’t yet demonstrated he can take another step into contender status. Perry (12-4) has a 5-4 record at the UFC but was submitted by Donald Cerrone in his last fight. We all know he’s knockout power, however he hasn’t shown much else apart from his punching power. This one could go either way as both guys are talented yet defensively flawed. I would have to prefer Oliveira as he’s better on the floor, but Perry is certainly reside in this fight together with his KO power.
Carla Esparza vs. Virna Jandiroba, UFC on ESPN 3
Because of an accident to Livia Renata Souza, Carla Esparza will now face Virna Jandiroba in a women’s strawweight bout. Combate broke the information. Esparza (13-6) is the former UFC women’s strawweight champion and also has a 4-4 record overall in the Octagon, including a TKO loss to Tatiana Suarez in her last outing. Jandiroba (14-0) was the Invicta women’s strawweight champion after going 3-0 in the advertising. Esparza will likely be favored because of having more UFC experience, but the unbeaten Jandiroba is absolutely a live dog in this fight.
Ben Saunders vs. Takashi Sato, UFC on ESPN 3
Additionally added to UFC on ESPN 3 is a welterweight bout between Ben Saunders and Takashi Sato. Asian MMA broke the information. Saunders (22-11-2) is just 2-4 in his third stint at the UFC, and is now coming from back-to-back stoppage declines to Lyman Good and Sergio Moraes. He appears to be on quite the decline. Sato (14-2) is a Pancrase vet who won his last fight, but overall looks like a questionable signing by the UFC. Given Saunders is from Florida, possibly the UFC believes they’re providing him a winnable battle here, but Sato may surprise and get the knockout win.
Gilbert Burns vs. Eric Wisely, UFC on ESPN 3
Lightweights Gilbert Burns and Eric Wisely are set to meet. Combate had the news. Burns (14-3) is 7-3 at the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Olivier Aubin-Mercier. Wisely (30-9-1) is making his return to the Octagon after going unbeaten over his last nine fights in the regional circuit. He had one previous stint in the UFC back in 2012, when he went 0-2. This is a weird fight, and the one thing I can imagine is that nobody wanted to combat Burns, who I expect to be a huge favorite to conquer Wisely.
Roosevelt Roberts vs. Thomas Gifford, UFC on ESPN 3
And finally, lightweights Roosevelt Roberts and Thomas Gifford will fulfill at UFC on ESPN 3. Roberts (7-0) has completed all of his pro fights including a submission win over Darrell Horcher in his UFC debut. Gifford (14-7, two NC) is making his UFC debut after going undefeated over his final five bouts on the regional circuit. Gifford seems like a decent possibility but Roosevelt has proven he can win in the UFC and I expect him to become favored quite heavily in this one.
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