The UFC heads back to Florida next month with a rematch between a pair of longtime middleweight contenders.
UFC on ESPN 3 tickets go on sale to the general public today following a pair of pre-sale days for UFC Fight Club members and UFC e-newsletter subscribers. UFC on ESPN 3 takes place April 27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. The card airs on ESPN following early prelims on ESPN+.
A middleweight main event initially was planned for UFC on ESPN 3 between Paulo Costa and Yoel Romero (13-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC). But this past week, the promotion shifted gears to book Ronaldo Souza (26-6 MMA, 9-3 UFC) against Romero in a rematch. Souza and Romero first fought at UFC 194 in Las Vegas in December 2015, where Romero picked up a split-decision win.
Romero, a Cuban who calls the South Florida area home, currently sits at No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings. Souza checks in at No. 6. Costa is ranked No. 13, but now is out of a planned fight against Romero for a third time.
In the current co-feature, Glover Teixeira (28-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC) takes on Ion Cutelaba (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at light heavyweight in a bout originally set to take place at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in January. The fight was scrapped on just nine days’ notice after Cutelaba withdrew because of injury. Teixeira went on to submit Karl Roberson via triangle choke in the first round after surviving early trouble.
Tickets for UFC on ESPN 3 are on sale at 10 a.m. ET today through TicketMaster or the arena box office. There is an eight-ticket limit.
The latest UFC on ESPN 3 lineup includes:
- Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Ion Cutelaba vs. Glover Teixeira
- John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai
- Li Jingliang vs. Alex Oliveira
- Jason Gonzalez vs. Jim Miller
- Carla Esparza vs. Livinha Souza
- Dhiego Lima vs. Court McGee
- Jodie Esquibel vs. Jessica Penne
- Greg Hardy vs. Dmitrii Smoliakov
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- Video: Watch today's UFC on ESPN+ 5 ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at 2 p.m. ET
- UFC on ESPN+ 5 weigh-in results and live video stream (5 a.m. ET)
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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