Yoel Romero and Ronaldo Souza rematch at UFC Fight Night in Sunrise
The Ultimate Fighting Championship visits Florida on April 28 (AEDT) with Fight Night held at BB&T Center in Sunrise. MMA event, billed as UFC on ESPN 3, is headlined by a middleweight rematch between Yoel Romero (13-3) and Ronaldo Souza (26-6), ESPN reported on Friday.
Romero was originally expected to take on Paulo Costa (12-0). UFC President Dana White however told ESPN that he faces “Jacare” Souza in a rematch, which headlines the upcoming event.
Romero and Souza first met at UFC 194 late 2015. The bout went a three-round distance and ended in favor of the Cuban fighter who took a split decision.
In his previous bout at UFC 225 last June, Romero challenged for UFC Middleweight title against the current champion Robert Whittaker, who retained the belt taking a split decision. In February last year Romero stopped Luke Rockhold in the first round at UFC 221 in Perth.
Souza is coming of the third-round knockout win against Chris Weidman earned at UFC 230 last November. Before that he was defeated by Kelvin Gastelum by split decision.
The list of announced bouts for UFC on ESPN 3 can be found below.
Middleweight Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza
Light heavyweight Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cu?elaba
Bantamweight John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen
Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai
Lightweight Jim Miller vs. Jason Gonzalez
Welterweight Dhiego Lima vs. Court McGee
Women’s Strawweight Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel
Women’s Strawweight Carla Esparza vs. Livia Renata Souza
Welterweight Alex Oliveira vs. Li Jingliang
Heavyweight Greg Hardy vs. Dmitrii Smoliakov