Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) staged it’s latest event last night (Sat., April 27, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 8 live on ESPN+ from inside BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In the main event, Jack Hermansson picked up a huge win by defeating Brazilian legend Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza via unanimous decision. Also, Greg Hardy picked up his first UFC win after taking out Dmitrii Smoliakov in the very first round.
Biggest winner: Jack Hermansson
Congratulations Middleweight division, you found yourself another contender after “Joker” put on a heck of a performance against one of the baddest men at 185 pounds (see it again here). Indeed, Jack took it to “Jacare” in all areas, schooling him on the feet with precise and powerful striking. He even tried to submit the jiu-jitsu ace, which most men wouldn’t even attempt to do against one of the most skilled submission artists ever. Then again, not many have the grappling skills of Hermansson. Jack is now 6-2 in his last eight bouts including winning his last four in a row. Hermansson made the most of his last-second opportunity, and now he should be able to enjoy the spoils of his victory, which could lead to a No. 1 contender bout next.
Runner Up: Greg Hardy
After laying a egg in his UFC debut, Hardy made up for it by ending his next fight via first round technical knockout to score his first win for the promotion (highights). The win is huge for Hardy as it could’ve have been his last opportunity to score a win and impress his employers before he got sent back to the regional circuit or forgotten about much like CM Punk.
A loss would’ve definitely sent Greg down that road. Nevertheless, the ex-NFL star gets a new lease on his UFC life, which means foes are only going to get tougher. For now, Hardy can enjoy his victory and smile at the naysayers who were all ready to write him off.
Honorable Mention: Cory Sandhagen
Like Hermansson coming in and making quiet noise over his last few outings at Middleweight, Cory is doing that in the men’s Bantamweight division. He has now won six straight including all four of his UFC fights.
His win over John Lineker is huge to say the least, as “Hands of Stone” has long been a major player at 135 pounds. But after Sandhagen took his juice in sunny Florida, he will now have that and get the opportunities to keep adding to his resume and implementing himself right in the thick of things. At 10-1, Cory is ready to be a major force in the division.
Biggest Loser: Ronald Souza
“Jacare” simply can’t find a groove, as the submission star has alternated wins and losses since 2017, going 3-3 in that span. His latest loss is extra crucial, as it was another last-minute change in foe. In accepting the switch, “Jacare” not only loses again, but he pretty much kissed his title fight goodbye for now.
It just seems that it has been “Jacare’s” luck; as soon as he’s smelling a shot at the title, something or another goes wrong and he has to put on a brave face and start from scratch. Ronaldo’s mind and body will be left bruised with this fight, but he can now look back to see just where he failed and make corrections moving forward. Time isn't exactly on his side, however, and everday the athletes just keep get younger and stronger.
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