UFC Ft. Lauderdale is set to take place April 27 at BB&T Center, and the main 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 get a new opponent for Souza. Some other bouts on the card also have seen changes happen, 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 at the UFC and is coming from a brutal entry loss to Gunnar Nelson in his last struggle. He’s always in exciting struggles win-or-lose, but is lacking that touch victory and hasn’t yet proven he can take another step in to contender status. Perry (12-4) includes a 5-4 record at the UFC but has been submitted by Donald Cerrone in his last fight. We all know he has knockout power, however he hasn’t shown much else apart from his punching power. This one can go either way as both men are offensively talented yet defensively flawed. I would have to favor Oliveira as he is better on the ground, but Perry is certainly reside in this fight with his KO power.
Carla Esparza vs. Virna Jandiroba, UFC on ESPN 3
Because of an accident to Livia Renata Souza, Carla Esparza will face Virna Jandiroba at a women’s strawweight bout. Combate broke the news. Esparza (13-6) is the prior UFC women’s strawweight champion and also has a 4-4 record overall from the Octagon, such as a TKO loss to Tatiana Suarez in her final outing. Jandiroba (14-0) was the Invicta women’s strawweight champion after going 3-0 in the promotion. Esparza will likely be favored due to getting more UFC expertise, 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 news. Saunders (22-11-2) is only 2-4 in his third stint in 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 suspicious signing by the UFC. Given Saunders is from Florida, possibly the UFC thinks they are giving him a winnable fight , but Sato could surprise and get the knockout win.
Gilbert Burns vs. Eric Wisely, UFC on ESPN 3
Lightweights Gilbert Burns and Eric Wisely are place to meet. Combate had the information. 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 on the regional circuit. He had one previous stint at 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 massive 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, 2 NC) is making his UFC debut after going undefeated over his last five bouts on the regional circuit. Gifford seems like a good 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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