The UFC recently revealed the initial lineup for UFC on ESPN 3, which takes place April 27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The rumored primary event between middleweight sluggers Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa was not officially declared, 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 hyperlinks. In terms of my ideas on another newly-announced bouts, you can read them below. Carla Esparza vs. Livia Renato Souza, UFC on ESPN 3 The most noteworthy of this new matchups announced is 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 champion, but she is coming from a beatdown TKO loss to Tatiana Suarez. Souza (13-1) is 2-0 at the UFC and is a former Invicta champion herself, currently riding a four-fight win streak overall. That is a winnable struggle for Esparza but I really don’t know how anyone can have faith in her at this point. She is a small favorite here, but all the upside is with Souza. Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai, UFC on ESPN 3 Heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Augusto Sakai will fulfill with 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 from a TKO win over Chase Sherman in his UFC debut and is on a three-fight win streak in general. Arlovski is a simple fade at this point and I anticipate Sakai to bet a solid 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 the last six bouts. Gonzalez (11-4) is only 1-2 in the UFC and was finished in both his losses. Miller is going to be the favored here predicated on name value but I don’t know if you can trust him at this point. 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 just 2-6 in the UFC but is coming from 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 last struggle. I could see this one going either way, either Lima checks McGee’s fading chin or McGee takes him down and smothers him. Start looking for a close betting line , with perhaps a slight lean to McGee. Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel, UFC on ESPN 3 And lastly, women’s strawweights Jessica Penne and Jodie Esquibel happen to be re-booked for this particular event as their bout at UFC on ESPN 1 recently fell through after Penne hurt her ankle in warmups. Certainly, it was not a super-serious harm as she is going to be fighting just over a month afterwards. Penne was a small favorite before the struggle was pulled only hours before it was scheduled to happen, and I would presume the new line will be set right where it left off. Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks. Read more:

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