Only a couple of weeks away from UFC On ESPN 3, the broadcaster has made the somewhat surprising decision to switch the main card to ESPN+ instead.
A reason for the switch hasn’t been given, although it may have something to do with the fact that the originally scheduled main event match-up between Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Yoel Romero has had to be altered, with ‘The Soldier Of God’ now being replaced by Jack Hermansson on short notice.
Hermansson is actually riding a three-fight winning streak at the moment and racked up a 49 second submission win over David Branch at UFC on ESPN 2 recently, but he is still building a name for himself, so it could have been deemed by the powers at be that he wasn’t a big enough star to be headlining a show on ESPN.
The rest of the UFC On ESPN 3 main card included the likes of former NFL star Greg Hardy going up against Dmitri Smoilakov, Alex Oliveira vs. Mike Perry, Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cutelaba and John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen.
All those fights will now shift to ESPN+, but in a strange move the prelims that proceed it will still remain on ESPN.
That means fight fans will still be treated to the likes of Ben Saunders vs. Takashi Sato and Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai on the main ESPN channel.