UFC Fight Night series consistently brings big fights between top ranked fighters. This time, two top ten middleweight fighters will cap off a full card of tough bouts. You can watch Jacaré vs. Hermansson streaming in the USA on ESPN+ with a seven day free trial.
UFC Fight Night Jacaré vs. Hermansson will be held April 27 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. This is a split card, with Early Prelims starting at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN+ and ESPN2. The Prelims switch over to ESPN at 7 p.m. Eastern time, and the main card returns to ESPN+ at 9 p.m.
Ronaldo "Jacaré" Souza (26-6) is a Brazilian fighter who has climbed to become the fourth ranked middleweight in UFC. He uses a variety of styles, and excels as a stand up and take down fighter. He is praised by fans and foes alike for his grappling skills, which helped him become a StrikeForce champion earlier in his career. With title experience, he now aims to win this event and jump into a title fight against either current champion Robert Whittaker, once he returns from injury, or interim champion Israel Adesanya.
Jack "The Joker" Hermansson (19-4) is a Swedish fighter who want more than to just be a springboard for Jacaré. This fight was originally scheduled to feature Jacaré and second ranked middleweight Yoel Romero, but Yoel reportedly withdrew due to injury or sickness. This gave tenth ranked Hermansson a big opportunity. As a former champion in some smaller promotions himself, Hermansson has risen quickly in just over two years in the UFC. A win here may not push him into a title fight, but it would set him up to face more top contenders.
This week's UFC free fight from the archives highlights the November 2018 battle between Jacaré and Chris Weidman. Check it out, and get a feel for the stand up kickboxing style Jacaré could use against Hermansson.
Here's the schedule for this Fight Night:
- Early Prelims: 5:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+ & ESPN2
- Prelims: 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN
- Main Card: 9 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+
- Post Show: immediately after Main Event on ESPN+
There is also a Co-Main Event on this fight night, and it is an unusual feature. Greg Hardy (3-1) vs. Dmitry "The Lifeguard" Smolyakov (9-2) showcases fighters with short careers, and few recent fights. Hardy was disqualified in his only previous UFC fight, and BloodyElbow reports that fight was considered a disgrace for the controversial former NFL player who was booted from the league after assaulting his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Smolyakov only has one fight since January of 2017, and that is his only victory since December of 2015. If nothing else, expect the unexpected in this battle.
The rest of the card, as always subject to change, is as follows:
- Mike Perry (12-4) vs. Alex Oliveira (20-6-1)
- Glover Teixeira (28-7) vs. Ion Cutelaba (14-3)
- John Lineker (31-8) vs. Cory Sandhagen (10-1)
- Roosevelt Roberts (7-0) vs. Thomas Gifford (17-7)
- Ben Saunders (22-11-2) vs. Takashi Sato (14-2)
- Andrei Arlovski (27-18) vs. Augusto Sakai (12-1-1)
- Carla Esparza (13-6) vs. Virna Jandiroba (14-0)
- Gilbert Burns (14-3) vs. Mike Davis (7-1)
- Jim Miller (29-13) vs. Jason Gonzalez (11-4)
- Angela Hill (8-6) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-4)
- Court McGee (19-7) vs. Dhiego Lima (13-7)
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The ESPN app is the key to watching ESPN+. If you have a subscription, and a login for ESPN, you can see the whole night's action easily. The ESPN app is available for the most popular devices, including major streaming platforms and game consoles such as Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV. Otherwise, control ESPN+ on your TV using your phone running either AirPlay or Chromecast.
ESPN+ costs $5 a month, which would set you up for plenty of MMA action coming up, including the next UFC pay-per-view. Try ESPN+ now, and you'll get a 7 day free trial that includes UFC Fight Night on April 20 with Jacaré vs Hermansson at no cost.
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