Jack Hermansson and Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Set for Short Notice Showdown

Jack Hermansson
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 30: Jack Hermansson of Norway reacts after submitting David Branch in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Wells Fargo Center on March 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Jack Hermansson’s (19-4) first UFC main event will come on short notice against a premium name in the middleweight division.

Yoel Romero (13-3) was forced to withdraw from April’s UFC on ESPN 3 headliner due to illness. This paved the way for Hermansson to step in and fight Ronaldo Souza (26-6) in a bout with title implications.

Jack Hermansson and Jacare Souza set for UFC on ESPN 3 bout

UFC on ESPN 3 takes place in the BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida on April 27. The card airs on ESPN following early prelims on ESPN+.

Hermansson’s rapid rise

After losing to future light-heavyweight title challenger Thiago Santos, Hermansson has turned his UFC career around. He earned a number ten middleweight ranking with an impressive 49-second submission of former WSOF middleweight and light-heavyweight champion David Branch at UFC on ESPN 2.

‘The Joker’ has finished his last five victories and will make a claim for a title shot with a victory in Florida.

Souza’s struggles

Souza’s last octagon performance was at UFC 230 where he beat former UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, with a stunning knockout after a three round war. However, prior to this, Souza had lost two of his last three UFC bouts. These include a controversial loss to Kelvin Gastelum and a knockout at the hands of current champion Robert Whittaker.

Although a win over Romero would have almost guaranteed a title shot, a win over the Hermansson will not come without merit for the Brazillian. According to ESPN.com, Souza has been promised a title shot if he beats ‘the Joker’ in Florida.

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