UFC on ESPN+ 8: Jacare vs. Hermansson predictions
The UFC lands in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this weekend and now that all of the fighters have made weight, it’s time to get down to business.
It is important for the No.4 Jacare Souza (26-6-0, 1NC) not let an elusive potential title shot slip through his fingers by overlooking the No. 10 Jack Hermansson (19-4-0). “Jacare” is on the clock.
Meanwhile, Hermansson has an excellent opportunity to leapfrog into the title shot conversation with an impressive victory.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
MAIN CARD (9PM ET/6PM PT)
ROOSEVELT ROBERTS (7-0-0) VS. THOMAS GIFFORD (14-7-0, 2NC)
Andrews: This fight looks really good on paper. Both have 100% finish rates and can end it anywhere. But Roosevelt has more pro experience despite less fights and I see him emerging from the dust.
Andrews Prediction: Roosevelt Roberts via TKO
JOHN LINEKER (31-8-0) VS. CORY SANDHAGEN (10-1-0)
Andrews: Tough fight, but eventually Lineker will catch Cory after some cat and mouse.
Andrews Prediction: John Lineker via TKO
GLOVER TEIXEIRA VS. ION CUTELABA (14-3-0)
Andrews: Glover is 39 but fights smarter, not slugging or trading and getting the fight to the ground. Cutelaba at 25, is a young Glover in some respects. I will go with the experienced Glover.
Andrews Prediction: Glover Teixeira via submission
ALEX OLIVEIRA (19-6-1, 1NC) VS. MIKE PERRY (12-4-0)
Andrews: Perry has made attempts to improve himself but is still a bit raw. Cowboy though, has improved, is smarter, and yet still has maintained that rawness in a good way.
Andrews Prediction: Alex Olivera via submission
GREG HARDY (3-1-0) VS. DMITRY SMOLIAKOV (9-2-0)
Andrews: Greg Hardy welcomes back Dmitry with a big knockout.
Andrews Prediction: Greg Hardy via TKO
RONALDO SOUZA (26-6-0, 1NC) VS. JACK HERMANSSON (19-4-0)
Andrews: Hermansson is fighting on short notice, so Jacare needs to put this away convincingly. I think he will.
Andrews Prediction: Ronaldo Souza via submission