UFC Fort Lauderdale took place from the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida earlier tonight (Sat. April 27, 2019). In the main event of the evening, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza faced rising middleweight prospect Jack Hermansson. Had Souza won, he had been promised a 185-pound title opportunity.
Also, former NFL star Greg Hardy returned to the Octagon. He co-main evented the card against Dmitrii Smoliakov. A tremendous welterweight match-up between Alex Oliveira and “Platinum” Mike Perry was also on deck. The UFC certainly put together an amazing card for fight fans in Florida.
Check out MMA News’ UFC Fort Lauderdale results here below:
- Middleweight: Jack Hermansson vs. Ronaldo Souza
Hermansson opening up with some dynamic striking early on; a flying knee, oblique kick, moving very fast. Hermansson lands a nice right hand, but Souza responds with one of his own. A leg kick lands for Hermansson, and he follows up with another inside. Souza tries to clinch up, but Hermansson holds him off, separating with a knee to the body.
Hermansson hits Souza with a nice combo that drops the Brazilian down. Hermansson tries to lock in a guillotine but Souza scrambles out. Souza gets to his feet but is pressured by Hermansson against the cage. Knees to the body from Hermansson against the fence. Souza separates and fires off some big punches that just miss. A nice jab from Hermansson to end the round.
Another leg kick to open the round from Hermansson. Hermansson doubles up on the leg kick and continues to work his jab. Big shots from Souza land inside the pocket. Hermansson fires back with some of his own, catches a leg kick, and powerfully takes Souza down. Hermansson falls right into Souza’s guard.
Souza keeps Hermansson close to his body, not allowing him to posture up, however, Hermansson still dropping down as many shots as he can. Hermansson gets some nice elbows off. Despite being unable to posture up, Hermansson is doing solid offensive work from top position. Some nice shots land for Hermansson on top to end the round.
More leg attacks from Hermansson to open the round. Hermansson lowers his level and goes for the takedown, but Souza stuffs it. A nice combination rips off for Hermansson, who follows up with another failed takedown attempt. Souza is fired up now, coming forward with some big shots. Body kick lands for Hermansson, who continues to be very efficient with leg kicks and his jab.
A nice uppercut lands for Hermansson on a counter. Souza with a nice uppercut in response, but Hermansson lands a jab. Jacare coming forward hard again, and is putting together some nice combinations now. Souza is landing hard shots now, and Hermansson looks desperate to get to the ground now. Another take down attempt from Hermansson fails, but he has Souza against the cage.
They separate, and Souza lands a big pair of hooks. A big right hand knocks Hermansson down to end the round.
Hermansson goes in on a takedown right away, but Souza stuffs it. He might have hit Hermansson with an illegal knee, but the referee lets the fight continue. More jabs from Hermansson, who lands a big uppercut. Souza fires back but Hermansson fires off and has Souza hurt. The Brazilian is rocked, but Hermansson is now gassing from the explosion.
Souza blitzes back briefly to keep Hermansson at bay. Both men slow down significantly now. The jab continues to be Hermansson’s best friend. Hermansson is really putting his punches together nicely, and Souza is just missing on some big shots. Another big uppercut lands for Hermansson. Souza lands a pair of hooks, but Hermansson clinches up with him against the cage.
They separate and Hermansson lands a kick to the body. Hermansson is keeping a great pace for it being so late in the fourth. Hermansson lands some nice punches to close out the round.
Hermansson comes out hard with hooks in the fifth round. He gets a takedown but Souza is right up to his feet and separates. Hermansson lands a knee inside the clinch and is still trying to put together some combinations against Souza, who is blocking most of it. A nice 1-2 from Hermansson, who continues to circle around.
A body shot lands for Souza, who comes forward hard with just over a minute left in the fight. More body work from Souza, sho lands some big hooks. Souza is coming back hard, and Hermansson is feeling it. Hermansson fires back with some shots, but Souza won’t let up. A takedown from Hermansson finally lands and he falls into Souza’s guard and lays on him. The round comes to an end.
Official Result: Jack Hermansson def. Ronaldo Souza via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
- Heavyweight: Greg Hardy def. Dmitrii Smoliakov via R1 TKO (punches, 2:15)
- Welterweight: Mike Perry def. Alex Oliveira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Light heavyweight: Glover Teixeira def. Ion Cutelaba via R2 submission (rear-naked choke, 3:37)
- Bantamweight: Cory Sandhagen def. John Lineker via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Lightweight: Roosevelt Roberts def. Thomas Gifford via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Welterweight: Takashi Sato def. Ben Saunders via R2 TKO (elbows and punches, 1:18)
- Women’s strawweight: Carla Esparza def. Virna Jandiroba via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Heavyweight: Augusto Sakai def. Andrei Arlovski via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Lightweight: Gilbert Burns def. Mike Davis via R2 submission (rear-naked choke, 4:16)
- Lightweight: Jim Miller def. Jason Gonzalez via R1 submission (rear-naked choke, 2:12)
- Women’s strawweight: Angela Hill def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Welterweight: Dhiego Lima def. Court McGee via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)