UFC FT. LAUDERDALE CARD UPDATES INCLUDING ALEX OLIVEIRA VS. MIKE PERRY
UFC Ft. Lauderdale is set to take place April 27 at BB&T Center, and the major event was expected to become a five-round middleweight bout between Yoel Romero and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza. Regrettably, Romero has pulled out with trauma and the UFC is trying to get a new opponent for Souza. A few other bouts on the card also have seen changes occur, and I’ll 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 take place at UFC on ESPN 3. ESPN first broke the news that Perry is filling in on short notice for the injured Li Jingliang.
Oliveira (19-6-1, 2 NC) is currently 9-4, 1 NC in the UFC and is coming off of a barbarous entry reduction to Gunnar Nelson in his final struggle. He’s always in exciting fights win-or-lose, but is lacking that signature success and has not yet demonstrated he can take the next step in to contender status. Perry (12-4) includes a 5-4 record at the UFC but was filed by Donald Cerrone in his final fight. Most of us know he has got power, but he has not shown much else besides his hitting power. This one could go either way as both men are 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 together with his KO power.
Carla Esparza vs. Virna Jandiroba, UFC on ESPN 3
Because of an injury 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 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 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 having 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 information. Saunders (22-11-2) is only 2-4 in his third stint at the UFC, and is now coming from back-to-back stoppage losses to Lyman Good and Sergio Moraes. He looks to be on quite the decrease. Sato (14-2) is a Pancrase vet who won his last struggle, but overall looks like a suspicious signing by the UFC. Given Saunders is out of Florida, possibly the UFC believes they’re giving him a winnable fight , but Sato may surprise and receive 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 in 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 at the UFC back in 2012, when he went 0-2. This is a weird fight, and the only thing I can imagine is that no one desired to fight Burns, who I anticipate to be a huge favorite to conquer Wisely.
Roosevelt Roberts vs. Thomas Gifford, UFC on ESPN 3
And lastly, lightweights Roosevelt Roberts and Thomas Gifford will fulfill at UFC on ESPN 3. Roberts (7-0) has completed all his pro fights such as a submission win over Darrell Horcher within his UFC debut. Gifford (14-7, two NC) is making his UFC debut after going undefeated over his final five bouts in the regional circuit. Gifford appears to be a good possibility but Roosevelt has proven he can win in the UFC and I expect him to become preferred quite heavily in this one.
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