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Postado em 5 de agosto, 2019
The UFC has booked a possible middleweight title eliminator for an approaching spring card down south, and I will offer my thoughts on this exciting new fight in the present MMA odds and ends.
Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza 2, UFC on ESPN 3
We all believed the most important event of UFC on ESPN 3 was likely to become a five-round middleweight fight between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa. There’s been a change of plans. Based on ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Costa was scraped in the card and now Romero will rematch rival Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza in a rematch. UFC on ESPN 3 takes place April 27 in BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, and Romero vs. Souza two is defined as the newest five-round main event.
It was possibly slightly surprising to see that the UFC book this rematch at the point of time, together with Romero coming off of a split decision loss to Robert Whittaker in his final fight and Souza a KO win over Chris Weidman, however looking at the state of the middleweight division more closely the fight makes sense. With Kelvin Gastelum combating Israel Adesanya in UFC 236 for the interim middleweight title, along with the champ Whittaker sitting on the sidelines with injuries, the branch continues to move along and wait for no one. Both fighters needed a matchup to keep busy in among the game’s most active branches, and with no additional top-ranked contenders available to fight in April, this rematch between Romero and Souza was the way to go to the UFC.
The first time Romero and Souza fought was back at UFC 194 in December 2015 (the same night Conor McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo), together with Romero edging out a narrow split decision. Since that time, Romero has gone 2-2 with a pair of decision losses in the Octagon to Whittaker bookmarked by KO wins within the aforementioned Weidman and Luke Rockhold. Souza, meanwhile, has gone 4-2 since then with endings within Weidman, Derek Brunson, Vitor Belfort and Tim Boetsch and losses to Whittaker and Gastelum. Despite both Romero and Souza being 41 and 39, respectively, they stay on peak of the middleweight division, and also the winner of the bout should be close to a title shot.
Romero (13-3) is 9-2 overall in the UFC and has emerged as one of the most devastating knockout artists in the game today, and of course among the most accomplished wrestlers. Souza (26-6, 1 NC) is 8-3 in the UFC and is among the most well-rounded fighters at the division, and of course one of the best MMA fighters to haven’t fought for a UFC title.
As for the chances with this rematch, I am anticipating something near a Select ’em with a little lean towards Romero just because he was already training with this card and because he won the first battle. Nevertheless, the fight was just 3 rounds, and these additional two rounds could prove to be the gap in the rematch now around. Regardless of who gets their hand raised, it is likely to be a fantastic fight, though.
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