What’s next for Jack Hermansson after falling short at UFC Vegas 47?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 47, top middleweight contenders went toe-to-toe. Sean Strickland (25-3) was looking to continue his impressive unbeaten streak at 185 pounds as he took on “The Joker” Jack Hermansson (22-7).

For Hermansson, the game plan was clear at UFC Vegas 47. He needed to get the fight to the ground. Hermansson is not going to win a striking battle with many of the top guys in the division. While serviceable on the feet, his bread and butter is on the mat.

When the fight started out, Hermansson actually looked pretty good on the feet. He was landing solid low kicks and had good pressure. I gave Hermansson the first round. However, it was tough to give him another round after that point.

Strickland was able to keep the fight standing and Hermansson was never able to get a ton of momentum. While he had his moments at UFC Vegas 47, the story of the fight was the lack of takedowns and as a result, Hermansson lost a decision.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 47?

Just a few years ago, it looked like Hermansson was on his way towards a UFC title shot. The Joker had a winning streak going and the promotion gave him a headliner in his homeland of Sweden which is usually the treatment you get if the promotion is banking on you.

Alexander Gustafsson got this same treatment when he headlined against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson years ago in Sweden. However, like Gustufsson, Hermansson was finished in his homecoming and hasn’t been able to right the ship completely since.

After losing to Jared Cannonier in Sweden, Hermansson is 2-2 in his last four. He had a solid submission win over Kelvin Gastelum during the UFC’s first trip to Fight Island, however, he’s then lost two headliners against Marvin Vettori and Sean Strickland.

It’s clear that Hermansson needs to tighten up the striking if he wants to be a threat for UFC gold. After this latest loss, who should be next? Well, I think the UFC should pair him up with Darren Till (18-4-1). They tried to make this fight a couple of times and it fell through.

Both men are in similar spots and they need wins to get clarity on where they stand. It’s the perfect matchup and one I think the promotion might lean towards making.

After big win at UFC Vegas 47, what’s next for Sean Strickland?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 47, we saw a pivotal headliner in the middleweight division. Surging top contender and personality Sean Strickland (25-3) had his toughest test to date as he took on “The Joker” Jack Hermansson (22-7).

For both men, the path to victory was clear at UFC Vegas 47. Strickland needed to keep the fight on the feet while Hermansson needed to get things to the ground. Well, Hermansson wasn’t able to get the fight to the ground once.

That said, he did surprise me a bit with his striking and was able to win some rounds. However, the story of UFC Vegas 47 was still the sleek striking and good striking defense of Sean Strickland. Strickland controlled the fight with his stiff jab.

Now, he didn’t get super aggressive which he admitted after the fight. Strickland admitted that the situation and the moment got to him which forced him to fight a bit more tentative than usual. He was very critical of his own performance at UFC Vegas 47.

That said, he still controlled the fight and I thought he won a clear decision. However, one judge somehow scored the fight for Hermansson which shocked everyone. But, the right man still won at the end of the day and Strickland got his hand raised.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 47?

After his motorcycle accident and his move to middleweight, Sean Strickland has been perfect. He’s a perfect 5-0 and now has two headlining wins under his belt with wins over Uriah Hall and this past Saturday with Jack Hermansson.

With his fifth straight victory at 185 secured, what’s next for Sean Strickland. Well, the UFC does have a few options for the entertaining Strickland. If you’re wanting the fight that makes the most sense, it’s a matchup with Marvin Vettori (18-4-1).

However, Strickland and Vettori are good friends and Strickland made it clear that he doesn’t want to fight Vettori next. With that, there are a couple of additional options that will have us looking forward to UFC 271 this upcoming weekend.

There are two big matchups at 185 this weekend. Obviously the title fight with Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker. However, you also have a potential title eliminator between Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson.

How these fights play out could impact Strickland. If Adesanya wins, he will likely face the winner of Brunson – Cannonier. With that, the UFC could pair Strickland with Robert Whittaker. However, if Whittaker wins, I wouldn’t rule out an immediate rematch to do the trilogy with Whittaker and Adesanya.

If that were to happen, Strickland could fight the Cannonier – Brunson winner. There is a lot up in the air, but rest assured, Sean Strickland will be watching UFC 271.

Sean Strickland outpoints Jack Hermansson at UFC Vegas 47

In the main event of UFC Vegas 47, we saw a pivotal middleweight division. Top contenders battled it out as they looked to take another step towards the top of the division “The Joker” Jack Hermansson (22-6) took on the surging Sean Strickland (24-3).

A few years ago, Jack Hermansson was on the cusp of a UFC title shot. The Joker had won four straight fights and the UFC decided to reward him with a main event in his homeland of Sweden. The problem for him was that he took on Jared Cannonier that night and was stopped in the second round.

Starting with that fight, he’s 2-2 in his last four. The two losses came against Cannonier and former title challenger Marvin Vettori. We last saw Hermansson back in May when he defeated Edmen Shahbazyan by decision. He was looking to pickup his second straight win tonight.

Standing in his way was the surging Sean Strickland. In late 2020, Strickland returned after nearly two years away due to a motorcycle accident. Strickland returned to the middleweight division and he’s been flawless since returning.

His competition level has been stepping up as well. In his last fight, the UFC gave him a five-round main event against Uriah Hall and Strickland was able to outstrike him. A win over Hermansson would be huge for Strickland’s standing in the division.

UFC Vegas 47 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 47 main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Strickland immediately took the center and ate a leg kick from Hermansson. Another good leg kick lands for Hermansson. Stiff jab from Strickland and he doubles up on it. Another good low kick from Hermansson.

Both men exchange jabs in the center. An exchange and Hermansson shoots in for his first takedown attempt. Hermansson is deep on a takedown attempt and he wrestles Strickland to the mat. However, Strickland pops right back up to his feet and works his way to the cage.

Hermansson still has a body lock but Strickland is able to break it and we are back to striking. Immediate jab lands for Strickland. Another jab lands for Strickland. Hermansson goes for a leg kick but it’s checked by Strickland. Strickland investing heavily in the jab here.

This first round has been a battle of leg kicks and jabs as both men land again. Two straight low kicks from Hermansson. Nice right hand counter from Strickland find it’s home. Hermansson popped with a jab from Strickland. Both men land good shots in the center. The round comes to a close and I lean Hermansson at UFC Vegas 47.

Round 2

Hermansson immediately opens the second at UFC Vegas 47 with a combination. Two good low kicks land for Hermansson, however, Strickland pops him with two straight jabs that land flush. Jab from Strickland and a overhand right from Hermansson lands.

Both men trade jabs in the center. Takedown attempt from Hermansson but Strickland defends easily. Right hand just misses for Strickland and then he pops Hermansson with a jab. 1-2 lands for Strickland and Hermansson fires back with a big combination of his own.

Strickland answers with a combination of his own and now they are getting after it. Powerful body kick from Hermansson. Big shot to the body lands for Strickland and then he lands a jab. Low kick from Hermansson and then Strickland lands three straight shots.

Hermansson tries rushing in but eats a couple of shots from Strickland. Hermansson circles on the outside but eats a jab from Strickland. The two men come together again and they both land. Good right hand from Strickland and down goes Hermansson. The round ends and it’s 1-1 at UFC Vegas 47.

Round 3

The third round starts at UFC Vegas 47 and Hermansson immediately takes the center. Hermansson is coming forward, but Strickland is landing the cleaner shots here in the opening minute. However, Hermansson does land two good leg kicks just after I typed that.

Strickland is just plotting forward here and he hits Hermansson with a stiff jab. The striking defense of Strickland is looking good here as he’s evading all of Hermansson’s shots up top. Nice left hook lands for Strickland and Hermansson counters with a body kick.

Double jab and a head kick for Strickland. The head kick just missed the mark. Wild right hand from Hermansson misses badly and he eats a couple of counters from Strickland. 1-2 lands over the top for Sean Strickland. Strickland is very measured here in the third round.

Combination from Hermansson but Strickland lands a clean right hand to counter. Two more jabs land for Strickland. Front kick to the body lands for Strickland. Good body kick lands for Hermansson and then Strickland lights him up with another combination up top. The round comes to a close at it’s 2-1 Strickland at UFC Vegas 47.

Round 4

Entering the fourth at UFC Vegas 47 and at this pace, Sean Strickland is going to walk to a decision. However, Hermansson is still in this. Hermansson looks for a lead left hook to start the round. A much more aggressive Hermansson here in the fourth round. Wild combination just misses from Hermansson.

Two crisp jabs from Strickland slow the advance. Big takedown attempt from Hermansson and he pushes Strickland against the fence. Great defense from Strickland and he breaks the attempt to get things back to striking. Another good shot lands for Sean Strickland.

Step in right cross lands beautifully for Strickland. Jab and a front kick from Strickland and he’s looking great. Hermansson misses wildly with a couple of big shots. Two more jabs from Strickland and Hermansson lands a nice counter right hand.

Jab and a low kick lands for Strickland. Hermansson coming forward but can’t land. Head kick just misses from Strickland. Another wild miss from Hermansson and he eats two more jabs from Strickland. The round comes to a close and it’s 3-1 Strickland at UFC Vegas 47.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC Vegas 47 and Jack Hermansson likely needs a finish here. More pressure here from Hermansson  to start the round. He’s talking to Strickland as he pushes forward. Lots of aggression from The Joker. Two jabs land for Hermansson but nothing seemed to phase Strickland.

Three straight shots land for Strickland who seems extremely comfortable. 1-2 down the middle lands for Strickland and Hermansson counters with a super man punch. Lots of volume here from Hermansson but he eats another 1-2 from Strickland.

Counter right lands for Hermansson. Strickland lands a beautiful combination that he finished with a hook to the body. Big combination from Hermansson who is really upping the volume here in the final frame. Lead left hook lands for Hermansson.

Two straight lefts for Hermansson but they barely hit Strickland. Jab from Strickland slows the advance of Hermansson. Four big shots from Strickland land in a row and then Hermansson lands a nice kick. Big takedown attempt from Hermansson and Strickland defends easily.

Nice overhand right for Strickland. The round comes to a close and it’s a close round that you could give to Hermansson, but this will be a Sean Strickland win at UFC Vegas 47.

Sean Strickland def. Jack Hermansson by Split Decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46)

UFC Vegas 47 Preview: Jack Hermansson – Sean Strickland

Tomorrow night in the headliner of UFC Vegas 47, we will see a pivotal matchup in the middleweight division. Top contenders will battle it out as “The Joker” Jack Hermansson (22-6) takes on the surging Sean Strickland (24-3).

A few years ago, Jack Hermansson was on the cusp of a UFC title shot. The Joker had won four straight fights and the UFC decided to reward him with a main event in his homeland of Sweden. The problem for him was that he took on Jared Cannonier that night and was stopped in the second round.

Starting with that fight, he’s 2-2 in his last four. The two losses came against Cannonier and former title challenger Marvin Vettori. We last saw Hermansson back in May when he defeated Edmen Shahbazyan by decision. He’s going to be looking for his second straight win tomorrow night.

Standing in his way will be the surging Sean Strickland. In late 2020, Strickland returned after nearly two years away due to a motorcycle accident. Strickland returned to the middleweight division and he’s been flawless since returning.

His competition level has been stepping up as well. In his last fight, the UFC gave him a five-round main event against Uriah Hall and Strickland was able to outstrike him. A win over Hermansson would be huge for Strickland’s standing in the division.

UFC Vegas 47 Prediction

When breaking down this fight, it’s pretty easy to tell the paths of victory. For Hermansson to win at UFC Vegas 47, he’s going to need to take advantage of the grappling. Hermansson is a wizard on the ground and he’s great a great top game.

If he’s able to get Strickland down and control him, I could see a dominant decision or submission victory coming to The Joker. However, that is far easier said than done. Strickland has proven that he’s tough to take down and he’s proven that he’s crisp on the feet.

If this fight stays standing at UFC Vegas 47, I really like Sean Strickland to get the win. I think this fight is going to be very close as I see Hermansson landing takedowns, but also losing the striking. Overall, I think Strickland is going to do just enough on the feet to take advantage of Hermansson’s poor striking defense and he’ll win a decision.

Prediction: Sean Strickland by Unanimous Decision

UFC books headliner between Sean Strickland and Jack Hermansson

The UFC has finalized a big time matchup between top ten middleweight contenders. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report this afternoon that the promotion had finalized a matchup between Sean Strickland (24-3) and Jack Hermansson (22-6).

The matchup will headline a UFC Fight Night on February 5th. When these two meet, Hermansson will be looking to pick up his second straight win inside the octagon.

It seems like just yesterday that we were talking about Jack Hermansson being a potential title challenger. However, The Joker has fallen on tougher times as of late.

Halfway through 2019, Hermansson had won four in a row and the UFC gave him a main event on his home soil. However, Jared Cannonier was able to stop Hermansson.

Starting with that fight, Hermansson is just 2-2 in his last four. That said, he did look good in his last fight against Edmen Shahbazyan where he picked up a unanimous decision win.

Will Strickland enter UFC title contention?

This main event on February fifth will be the second straight main event for Sean Strickland. This is a massive opportunity for him to solidify himself as a title contender in the UFC’s middleweight division.

Since returning in 2020, Strickland has been on a tear. In just over a year, Strickland has gone 4-0 in the UFC and those four wins caused the promotion to book him against former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.

However, Rockhold had to pull out of their fight with back issues. The UFC has been working on another fight for Strickland for a while and finally settled on an opponent.

Strickland’s grappling is really going to be tested when these two meet in February. However, if he’s able to pass this test, you can start mentioning him in the title picture which nobody would have predicted just over a year ago.

After a solid win at UFC Vegas 27, what’s next for Jack Hermansson?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 27, Jack Hermansson (22-6) took on Edmen Shahbazyan (11-2) to kick off the main card. Hermansson was coming off of a December loss to Marvin Vettori.

Had Hermansson won that fight, he might’ve been in the UFC title conversation. However, Vettori got the win and Vettori is fighting for the title at UFC 263. Hermansson took a step back to take on the top prospect Edmen Shahbazyan.

In this matchup, it was all going to come down to where the fight took place. On the feet, you would think that the young Shahbazyan would have the advantage. On the ground is where Hermansson expected to dominate.

In the first round at UFC Vegas 27, Shahbazyan dominated with his standup. It was a great opening round for the prospect, but you could tell that he would be in some trouble should Hermansson get this fight down.

Over the next two rounds, Hermansson was able to do just that. Hermansson was able to get Shahbazyan down and completely dominated the final two rounds at UFC Vegas 27. Ultimately, Hermansson walked away with a unanimous decision victory.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 27?

This was a really good win for Hermansson to get him back on track. Overall, Hermansson is 6-2 in his last eight UFC appearances. However, the two losses came when he was knocking on the door of a title shot.

Hermansson appears to be a very good middleweight, but when he gets to the top of the division, that’s when he falters. However, with his skill set and being ranked sixth, he needs a good opponent with a good name.

Most of the middleweight division is booked, but there is one opponent that comes to mind for me. I think a perfect matchup would be pairing Hermansson against former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-5).

Rockhold has been trying to get a fight booked at 185, but there hasn’t been any takers. The former champion wants a top guy to get right back in the mix and Hermansson fits the bill. It would be a big fight for both men and it honestly makes a lot of sense.

After another loss at UFC Vegas 27, what’s next for Edmen Shahbazyan?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 27, top prospect Edmen Shahbazyan (11-2) took on The Joker Jack Hermansson (22-6) to kick off the main card. This was a really tall order for Shahbazyan who was coming off of his first career loss last year.

Shahbazyan was being touted as a future champion in 2020. The previously unbeaten Shahbazyan was surging up the UFC‘s middleweight division all before he even turned 23 years old.

Shahbazyan was 4-0 in the UFC as he got his first main event slot against Derek Brunson last August. The 22 year old Shahbazyan looked like he was ready to break into the scene of stardom, but Derek Brunson was having none of it.

Brunson completely broke Shahbazyan down on his way to picking up a third round TKO victory. In reality, Shahbazyan should have taken a step back after that loss. At just 23 years old, there is no reason to rush his career.

However, Shahbazyan insisted that he fight someone in the UFC‘s top ten. After some back and forth with the promotion, Shahbazyan was given that top ten opponent in the tough Jack Hermansson.

UFC Vegas 27 and what’s next?

In the first round, Shahbazyan looked sensational at UFC Vegas 27. In fact, it looked like he made the right choice. However, when he wasn’t able to stop Hermansson in the first round, that’s when things went south quickly.

Hermansson started taking the fight to the ground after the first and Shahbazyan had no answer. The third round was so one-sided that it was an easy 10-8 round for Hermansson. Ultimately, Shahbazyan lost a decision at UFC Vegas 27.

Having lost a second fight in a row, Shahbazyan has to take a step back at this point. He very well might be a future UFC champion, but he seriously needs to take a breather and take an easier fight.

It’s important to remember that he’s only 23 years old in a sport where many don’t reach their prime until their late 20s to early 30s. So, who should the UFC give him in his next matchup?

I think he needs to fight someone outside the rankings. I think someone entertaining would be a matchup with a guy like Julian Marquez (9-2). Marquez has nine finishes in nine wins and he’s won two in a row.

With the style he possesses, this could be a good step back for Shahbazyan. Should Marquez win, he bursts into top fifteen. Should Shahbazyan win, he gets some confidence back and the UFC can give him a ranked opponent afterwards.

UFC Vegas 27 Preview: Edmen Shahbazyan – Jack Hermansson

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC Vegas 27, we will see a big time matchup in the middleweight division. The Golden Boy Edmen Shahbazyan (11-1) makes his return as he takes on The Joker Jack Hermansson (21-6).

Shahbazyan was one of the UFC‘s most hyped prospects in 2020. He started out his career inside the octagon at 4-0 including three first round stoppages. The most impressive victory was his first round knockout over Brad Tavares.

That win propelled Shahbazyan into his first UFC main event last August. Shahbazyan was tasked with fighting the gate keeper of the middleweight division, Derek Brunson. Ultimately, Brunson stopped the Shahbazyan hype train via a third round TKO.

Shahbazyan didn’t want to take a step back to reset after the loss and the UFC didn’t give him one. Tomorrow night, he’s going to be taking on one of the trickier middleweights in the division.

Jack Hermansson is looking to bounce back after he lost to Marvin Vettori back in December. Hermansson is 5-2 in his last seven UFC fights with the two losses coming against Vettori and Jared Cannonier. If he’s able to win at UFC Vegas 27, Hermansson will propel himself right back into the mix at 185.

UFC Vegas 27 Prediction

I’m very curious to see what we will get out of Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC Vegas 27. Derek Brunson broke him in his last fight and usually with prospects one of two things happens after a loss like either.

Either Shahbazyan is going to look better than ever tomorrow or he will look like a shell of that top prospect that UFC fans were excited for. Even if Shahbazyan looks good tomorrow, he’s in for a very tough fight.

Jack Hermansson does pretty much everything well inside the cage. His striking is his weakest area, but he’s still effective with his striking. He can hang on the feet with Shahbazyan especially if Shahbazyan’s power can’t put him away.

If this fight goes the distance, I see no way that Shahbazyan wins. I think Hermansson’s grappling and pace are a tough out for the prospect. I wouldn’t rule out a Shahbazyan stoppage on the feet at UFC Vegas 27, but I think The Joker is going to be too much.

Prediction: Jack Hermansson by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 3

UFC: Jack Hermansson – Edmen Shahbazyan postponed one week

UFC 262 has lost one of it’s fights. MMA DNA was the first to report today that the middleweight matchup between Jack Hermansson (21-6) and Edmen Shahbazyan (11-1) is being postponed. Shahbazyan confirmed the news on his Twitter page. 

At this time, it’s not known why the fight is being postponed. However, fight fans will not have to wait long for this matchup. Shahbazyan confirmed also that the fight is being pushed back just one week to UFC Vegas 27.

With the news that it’s only being pushed back a week, we can safely make the assumption that nothing serious is happening. The most important thing is that the UFC was able to turn around this matchup quickly.

Shahbazyan is looking to bounce back after his first UFC and career loss in his last matchup. The promotion was giving him the fast track and he took on Derek Brunson in a main event last year.

The veteran did a fantastic job of weathering the storm from Shahbazyan and making him tired. Brunson ended up scoring the TKO victory in a very humbling defeat for the top prospect.

In all honesty, I’ve been surprised about this booking from the beginning. I’m shocked that the UFC decided to give Shahbazyan a fight with Jack Hermansson after his last fight. However, they ultimately wanted to keep him around the top ten.

UFC bounce back for Hermansson

Jack Hermansson is still ranked seventh in the UFC’s middleweight division, but he’s coming off of a lopsided loss to Marvin Vettori in his last fight. Hermansson had some moments, but ultimately, The Italian Dream was too much.

That loss puts Hermansson at 1-2 in his last three matchups. The two losses coming to Vettori and Jared Cannonier. Twice now, Hermansson has come close to getting a UFC title shot.

After winning four in a row, Hermansson got a shot against Jared Cannonier. Had Hermansson won that fight, he might’ve been challenging for the title. However, Cannonier stopped him in the second round.

Then after he defeated Kelvin Gastelum, Hermansson was right back in a good position to potentially get a UFC title eliminator matchup. But, he of course came up short against Vettori.

Now, he will look to reset against the top prospect. This is a big fight for both of these men and it will tell us a lot about where they are heading in the future.

UFC books Jack Hermansson – Edmen Shahbazyan

UFC 262 is getting a fun one at middleweight for the main card. The LA Times was the first to report today that Jack Hermansson (21-6) will be taking on “The Golden Boy” Edmen Shahbazyan (11-1).

Of course, we learned last night that the card was being headlined by the vacant lightweight title fight between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira. Today, we learned that UFC 262 will take place in Houston in front of a crowd at the Toyota Center.

Jack Hermansson had a huge win halfway through the year last year against former title challenger, Kelvin Gastelum. With that win, Hermansson was 5-1 in his last six and appeared just a fight or two away from a UFC title shot.

However, that is when he ran into Marvin Vettori. The two men fought in December and Vettori won a decision in an absolute war. It was a tough defeat for The Joker, but he’s ready to get back into the swing of things. He’s getting one of the UFC‘s brightest young prospects in his next matchup.

Will the UFC hype come back?

There was so much hype in 2020 around Edmen Shahbazyan. Shahbazyan has all of the skills to be a world champion and he’s only 23 years old. In his first big step up in competition, Shahbazyan demolished Brad Tavares.

After that win, the UFC decided to give him a headlining spot against Derek Brunson. Shahbazyan ultimately fell short and it was a humbling moment for the young fighter. Frankly, I’m a little surprised by this booking decision.

Shahbazyan is still incredibly young and the UFC believes he can be a star. Giving him Jack Hermansson off of his first loss is not an easy rebound matchup. In fact, it’s a brutal matchup, but Shahbazyan does have all the skills needed to get the win. Either way, it should be a fantastic matchup on May 15th.