The UFC recently revealed the first lineup for UFC on ESPN 3, which takes place April 27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The rumored main event between middleweight sluggers Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa was not officially announced, but the UFC did confirm a previously-reported light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Ion Cutelaba, as well as a bantamweight bout between John Lineker and Cory Sandhagen. You can locate my recently-posted ideas on these spells through the links. In terms of my thoughts on another newly-announced bouts, you can read them under.
Carla Esparza vs. Livia Renato Souza, UFC on ESPN 3
The most notable of this new matchups declared is that a women’s strawweight bout between Carla Esparza and Livia Renata Souza. Esparza (13-6) is 4-4 in the UFC and is a former winner, but she’s coming from a beatdown TKO loss to Tatiana Suarez. Souza (13-1) is 2-0 at the UFC and is a former Invicta winner himself, now riding a four-fight win streak in general. That is a winnable struggle for Esparza but that I don’t understand how anyone can have faith in her at this stage. She is a small popular here, but each of the upside is with Souza.
Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai, UFC on ESPN 3
Heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Augusto Sakai will meet on this card. Arlovski (27-18, 1 NC) is 6-8 in his latest stint at the UFC and is now riding a three-fight losing skid with a choice loss to Walt Harris his last time out. Sakai (12-1-1) is coming off of a TKO win over Chase Sherman in his UFC debut and can be about a three-fight win series in general. Arlovski is a simple fade at this stage and I expect Sakai to wager a good favorite here.
Jim Miller vs. Jason Gonzalez, UFC on ESPN 3
Lightweights Jim Miller and Jason Gonzalez are set to do battle. Miller (29-13, 1 NC) is currently 18-12, 1 NC all time from the UFC but has fallen on hard times as of late with reductions in five of his last six bouts. Gonzalez (11-4) is just 1-2 in the UFC and has been completed in both his losses. Miller is going to be the favored here based on name worth but I don’t know if you can trust him at this stage.
Dhiego Lima vs. Court McGee, UFC on ESPN 3
There is also a welterweight bout between Dhiego Lima and Court McGee. Lima (13-7) is only 2-6 in the UFC but is coming off of a brutal KO win over Chad Laprise in UFC 231. McGee (19-7) is 8-6 in the UFC and conquered Alex Garcia via decision in his final struggle. I could see this one going either way, possibly Lima tests McGee’s fading chin or McGee takes him down and smothers him. Look for a close betting line here, with maybe a small lean to McGee.
Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel, UFC on ESPN 3
And finally, women’s strawweights Jessica Penne and Jodie Esquibel have been re-booked for this occasion as their bout at UFC on ESPN 1 recently fell through following Penne hurt her ankle in warmups. Certainly, it was not a super-serious harm as she is going to be battling just over a month later. Penne was a tiny favorite before the fight was pulled just hours before it was scheduled to occur, and I’d presume the new line is going to be put right where it left off.
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