On Saturday, April 27, UFC makes its way to the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida for a great night of fights on ESPN.
The card will be headlined by the greatest jiu jitsu practitioner the Octagon has ever seen, Jacare Souza. Souza was supposed to headline the card alongside top middleweight contender Yoel Romero, in a rematch from their 2015 fight were Romero won via split decision. Romero was forced to pull out due to an injury, and in stepped the up-and-coming prospect, Jack Hermansson.
In the co-main event, MMA standout Greg Hardy is looking to get his first Octagon win after his DQ debut. Hardy has top notch potential to be a top heavyweight and with a few big wins, we could be looking at a new heavyweight contender.
Here are the fights to watch at UFC on ESPN 3:
John Lineker vs Cory Sandhagen (Bantamweight)
When you talk about power at 135-pounds, there is two men that come to mind: Cody Garbrandt and John “Hands of Stone” Lineker. This man is as powerful as they come, but in front of him stands a talented up-and-coming prospect, Cory Sandhagen. He is as tough as they come, riding a 5-fight win streak and has a notable win over Iuri Alcantra and Mario Bautista.
Glover Teixeira Vs Ion Cutelaba (Light Heavyweight)
Former title challenger, Glover Teixiera, is a man who is always on. He is 3-2 in his last five fights and is looking to get a win streak going to get himself back in title contention once again. A win over Cutelaba is a great way for Glover to start that second run. Ion Cutelaba is a great up-and-coming light heavyweight, he is on a 2-fight win streak and is looking to follow that up with a big win over Teixeira on Saturday night.
Greg Hardy vs Dmitrii Smoliakov (Heavyweight)
A prodigy of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Hardy was an instant attraction and a fan favorite. He made his Octagon debut on the first ESPN show in Brooklyn. The card was headlined by TJ Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo for the flyweight championship. Hardy was the co-main event. His debut didn’t go as planned, as the fight was stopped and Hardy lost via DQ. Hardy threw an illegal knee and the fight was stopped immediately. Smoliakov is coming off a win into his bout with Hardy. With a few submissions on his record, the Russian fighter will be looking to get Hardy to the ground were he does have the advantage. Smoliakov went 0-2 in the promotion back in 2016-2017 and is making his return, looking to make a statement against the former NFL player.
Jacare Souza vs Jack Hermansson (Middleweight)
Jacare Souza is by far the best jiu jitsu practitioner the Octagon has ever seen. He has been a top middleweight for sometime now. He’s 3-2 in his last five fights and is coming off a huge knockout win of former world champion, Chris Weidman. I expect to see the best version of Jacare, he is on a mission for gold and as of right now, the division is wide open. Anyone could be fighting for an interim or world title. Jack Hermansson is riding a pretty big wave, coming of a huge win against David Branch at UFC Lincoln. He is now stepping in to fight one of the best middleweights in the world. With a big win over Jacare, I don’t see how you don’t put him in the top five or six of the middleweight division.