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.

Fighters lining up to face Sean Strickland at UFC 268

This week we learned that Luke Rockhold was out of UFC 268. The former middleweight champion was set to face Sean Strickland (24-3) in his return to the middleweight division. Strickland is currently ranked seventh in the division.

With Rockhold out of the fight, the UFC is starting the process of looking for replacements. At the moment, it doesn’t appear like they are going to have a lack of options in getting someone to take a fight against Strickland.

Strickland is someone who is not liked by many on the UFC roster. In fact, some would say he’s one of the more hated fighters on the roster. When Rockhold fell out of the fight, multiple big names started speaking up.

One of the biggest names is top welterweight contender and former title challenger Gilbert Burns (20-4). Burns is coming off of a victory over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. He’s been trying to get a fight against someone near the top of the welterweight division.

However, most of the top guys are booked and he’s needing a fight. With that, he tweeted yesterday that he is definitely willing to move up to 185 pounds to face Strickland at UFC 268.

Will Strickland get a new fight at UFC 268?

Another top welterweight who’s been a little more vocal about getting the fight with Strickland is Belal Muhammad (19-3, 1 NC). Muhammad took to Twitter yesterday voicing his hatred for Strickland and his desire to fight him.

However, Strickland has shot down all of the potential callouts from the UFC welterweights and other middleweight fighters. Strickland took to Instagram last night to tell Muhammad that he would backhand him if he ever saw him and said he won’t be fighting unless it’s meaningful to his spot at 185.

He went on to talk about the fact that beating Luke Rockhold would mean something and put him in a great spot. None of the callouts thus far move the needle for the UFC’s seventh ranked middleweight contender.

Strickland has made it clear that he will wait it out until he gets a contender worth fighting. At this point, I would say the odds are in favor of Strickland not fighting at UFC 268.

Luke Rockhold injured and out of UFC 268 bout against Sean Strickland

Luke Rockhold

The return of Luke Rockhold (16-5) is once again going to be delayed. The former UFC middleweight champion took to Instagram last night and posted to his story that he has a herniated disk in his back and is out of his upcoming fight.

Rockhold was scheduled to fight Sean Strickland (24-3) at UFC 268 next month at Madison Square Garden. The two men have had a lot of heat leading up to this fight and many were looking forward to this intriguing middleweight contest.

Rockhold said on his Instagram Story, “There’s no really easy way it but the fight is off in New York. I ended up herniating a disk in my back, L4 L5. The doctors say it’s nothing I can play with. I need to do some treatment and have some recovery time. Some things just aren’t meant to be.”

The UFC former champion went on to tell Ariel Helwani that there’s no surgery needed for his back. He has to get treatment and have about six weeks of physical training before they think he’ll be ready to resume fight preparations.

The UFC’s Plans

The good news for the UFC is that the card next month in New York is absolutely stacked. They are not going to miss this middleweight contest too bad, but it’s still a good fight that is no longer on the card.

This was a very important fight for the middleweight division. Rockhold was returning to the middleweight division for the first time since 2018. If he could’ve won impressively, he would provide an interesting new wrinkle to the picture at 185.

However, if Strickland was able to win, it would’ve been huge for his progression. A win over a former UFC champion that would’ve made it six in a row overall for the seventh ranked middleweight in the division.

A win over Rockhold could’ve put Strickland only a win or two away from UFC title contention. Given the timeline, I’m not sure the promotion will try to book this fight again. There’s no word at this time whether or not they’ll keep Strickland on the card just with a different opponent. This will be a story to watch.

What’s next for Uriah Hall after UFC Vegas 33?

Last weekend at UFC Vegas 33, Uriah Hall (17-10) took on Sean Strickland (24-3) in the headliner. Hall was looking for his fifth straight win on his road to a potential shot at the UFC middleweight title.

It’s been a long an interesting run in the UFC for Hall. When Hall was first introduced to fans it was on The Ultimate Fighter. Dana White touted Hall as the scariest fighter that they had ever seen on the show.

Hall had highlight reel knockouts on the show and he looked like he was going to be an immediate contender for the UFC title. However, Hall fought extremely tentative in the finale and lost to Kelvin Gastelum.

Throughout Hall’s career in the UFC, there were never any questions about his talent. All the questions surrounding Hall had to deal with his mental makeup. Uriah Hall has all of the physical talent in the world, he’s just never put it together completely.

At UFC Vegas 33, he was looking to show fans that it was finally his time. However, he was completely flat in the main event. Hall was walked down all night and Sean Strickland ended up winning a very lopsided decision.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 33?

Last Saturday was another one of those moments where you just have to scratch your head when you look at Uriah Hall. From a physical talent standpoint, Hall should have been able to defeat Sean Strickland.

Going on talent alone, you could make the argument that Hall should’ve been a UFC champion already. However, he just seems to run into these mental blocks and fails to show up in some of the bigger moments in his career.

After the loss on Saturday, Hall is now 10-8 in his UFC career. A guy that was touted to be the next great champion has a career record with the promotion at just over 500.

A good fight for Hall after UFC Vegas 33 could be Brad Tavares (19-6). Tavares has won two in a row, but is still a few spots behind Hall in the UFC rankings. That would be a great fight to figure out what Uriah Hall has left.

UFC books Luke Rockhold – Sean Strickland

Luke Rockhold

The UFC is in the process of finalizing a big middleweight contest for November. Aaron Bronsteter of TSN was the first to report that the promotion was closing in on a middleweight contest between former UFC champion Luke Rockhold (16-5) and Sean Strickland (24-3).

The fight will take place at UFC 268 which is scheduled for November 6th. The location is tentatively booked for Madison Square Garden, but given our current environment, that location is not set in stone.

Strickland is coming off of a big win against Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 33 over the weekend. Earlier today, we published a piece about what could be next for Strickland. One of the options out there was a fight with sixth ranked Jack Hermansson.

However, the UFC had different plans. Luke Rockhold has been itching to make his return, but the promotion was having a tough time getting him a fight. He wanted someone in the top ten, but nobody was available for him.

UFC books Rockhold’s Return

After Strickland won this past weekend, the UFC asked him if he’d be interested in fighting Luke Rockhold in November. Strickland told the promotion that he’d be ready and the UFC went back to Rockhold with an offer.

It didn’t take long for the former middleweight champion to accept and now his return is officially on the books. Rockhold will be fighting at middleweight for the first time since 2018 when he lost to Yoel Romero in an interim title fight.

After that loss, Rockhold moved up to light heavyweight where he was knocked out by the current champion Jan Blachowicz. After that fight at UFC 239, Rockhold said that he was walking away from the sport.

However, after having some time away to heal up, Rockhold got the itch to compete again. Now, the former UFC champion is set to make his return and he’s coming for the middleweight title.

Overall, Rockhold is 6-3 in his last nine UFC fights. However, he’s just 1-3 after becoming middleweight champion and all three of those losses were by knockout. This is a huge fight for both men and it will tell us a lot about where each man is.

After dominant win at UFC Vegas 33, what’s next for Sean Strickland?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 33, we saw a showdown between ranked middleweights. Former Ultimate Fighter finalist Uriah Hall (17-10) was taking on a former training partner in Sean Strickland (24-3).

When Sean Strickland broke into the UFC, he was competing in the welterweight division. However, he was completely depleting himself to make 170 pounds. Strickland has since found a permanent home in the middleweight division.

Last year, he returned after a two-year layoff due to a motorcycle accident that almost ended his career. He returned last October and took on Jack Marshman. After winning that fight, he took a fight against Brendan Allen just two weeks later.

Strickland stopped Allen in the second round. He followed that up with another win in May and at UFC Vegas 33, Strickland was looking to pick up his fourth win in the last nine months.

I was expecting Saturday night to be competitive between Hall and Strickland. However, it was anything but. Strickland controlled the entire fight and spent the entire fight walking Hall down. A completely dominant shutout win for Strickland at UFC Vegas 33.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 33?

After his dominant win on Saturday night, Strickland jumped up to eighth in the UFC’s middleweight rankings. As mentioned, he’s now won four fights in the last year and he’s ready for a top ten challenge.

With that, who should the UFC pair Strickland up against? In looking at the division, I think a perfect fight for Strickland would be taking on Jack Hermansson (22-6). Hermansson is currently ranked sixth in the middleweight division.

The Joker has been in there with some of the very best that the division has to offer. Since 2018, Hermansson is 6-2 in the UFC. The two losses came against top middleweight contenders Jared Cannonier and Marvin Vettori.

Hermansson is coming off of an impressive win against Edmen Shahbazyan. I think the UFC should put these two against each other and if Strickland wins, you’re looking at a contender who’d be ready to take a shot at the top five. The fight make sense for all parties involved and I think it’s what should be next.

Sean Strickland dominates Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 33

In the main event of UFC Vegas 33, we saw showdown in the middleweight division. Two top eleven contenders battled it out as “Primetime” Uriah Hall (17-9) took on Sean Strickland (23-3).

Entering UFC Vegas 33, Strickland has won four straight. He’s been incredibly active since a two year layoff that started back in 2018. Last October, Strickland made his return and he’s gone 3-0 in the UFC with one stoppage.

The stoppage was an incredibly impressive win over Brendan Allen. In his last fight, he defeated Krzysztof Jotko by decision which setup this UFC headliner opposite Uriah Hall.

Hall has been a curious case over the course of his UFC career. While having all the talent in the world, Hall really never lived up to the hype. That said, the soon to be 37 year old is riding a four-fight win streak into tomorrow night.

We last saw Hall at UFC 261 where he set a record. Hall defeated Chris Weidman after Weidman snapped his leg on a checked kick. It was the first time in UFC history that someone one by TKO without landing a single strike. Prior to that, Hall stopped Anderson Silva last October.

UFC Vegas 33 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 33 main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Hall started out the striking with a stiff jab. However, Strickland countered with a nice jab of his own. Hall was looking to use his movement, but Strickland started walking him down early.

Both men trade big shots at the one minute mark. Nice jab lands for Strickland. Strickland doubles up on the jab as he back Uriah Hall up. Another nice combination lands for Strickland and Hall is looking a little frustrated.

Good counter left hand for Uriah Hall. Powerful leg kick for Uriah Hall lands. Strickland goes right back to the jab and he’s keeping all of his shots down the middle early on. Lots of volume for Strickland and Hall might be hurt here.

Strickland is just walking Uriah Hall down here. Piercing jab lands for Sean Strickland. Nice counter from Hall stops the advances of Strickland. Powerful 1-2 lands for Sean Strickland.

Strickland is so busy here in the first round and Hall isn’t throwing a lot. Another good jab lands for Strickland. Hall starts moving a little more and lands a nice shot. The first round comes to a close and it’s 1-0 Sean Strickland at UFC Vegas 33.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC Vegas 33 and Uriah Hall is going to need to show more urgency in this round. Both men trade big jabs to start the second round. Hall seems a little more urgent to start this second.

Good 1-2 lands for Uriah Hall. Nice jab from Strickland lands. Clean combinations land for Strickland and Hall might be hurt. Hall backs against the cage and Strickland starts teeing off. Strickland shoots for a takedown, but Hall defends and they clinch against the fence.

Good uppercut from Strickland and the two break. Jab lands for Strickland, but Hall is the one moving forward here. Good overhand right hand lands for Hall. Hall pressing the action here, but Strickland is still landing good shots.

1-2 finds it’s home for Strickland. Hall lands a jab to the body then throws it up top. Big jab from Strickland lands. Hall being much more aggressive, but Strickland is still slightly getting the better of the striking. Hall lands a vicious calf kick then both men exchange big jabs. The round comes to a close at it’s 2-0 Strickland at UFC Vegas 33.

Round 3

Entering the third round at UFC Vegas 33 and Hall is building a little momentum, but he has to do more in the third. Third round starts with more pressure and jabs from Uriah Hall. Calf kick lands for Hall.

Good jab to the body for Hall lands and this is looking like a different Uriah hall. Hall using a ton of feints here and Strickland has barely thrown in the opening minute. Front kick to the body for Hall.

Strickland lands his first jab of the round and he doubles it up. The two exchange jabs and Hall is slowing a little here. Something happens and Strickland lands something that hurts Hall badly.

Strickland starts throwing bombs and this one looks like it’s almost over. Hall is breaking, but he gets up and he survives. Strickland has his back up against the fence and he slams him to the ground.

Hall is just holding on trying to survive here. Strickland looks like he’s trying to setup a choke and Hall is just holding on for the end of the round here. Good elbows from Strickland. Strickland gets Hall’s back just at the end of the round. 3-0 Strickland here at UFC Vegas 33.

Round 4

Entering the fourth round here at UFC Vegas 33 and it’s desperation time for Uriah Hall. Hall pushes forward with two jabs to start the fourth round. Strickland circles on the outside and lands a jab.

Powerful low kick lands for Uriah Hall. Strickland splits the guard with a nice jab, but Hall keeps pushing forward. Nice combination lands for Strickland and now Strickland is the one that’s pushing forward.

Hall’s corner is begging for him to let his hands go, but he’s not throwing a ton. Both men snap each other’s heads back with jabs. Hall is really struggling with the distance control here in the fourth. Strickland lands a couple of nice straight shots.

Hall answers back with a jab of his own. Another good combination lands for Sean Strickland. Big 1-2 lands for Strickland and Hall is wobbled. Strickland lands a few nice shots and Strickland gets a takedown. Two big knees land for Strickland and Hall is beat up here. The round ends and it’s easily 4-0 Strickland here at UFC Vegas 33.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC Vegas 33 and Hall needs a finish. Strickland is looking fresh entering this final round and Hall is wearing it. Hall pushes forward and he’s throwing heat to start the final round.

Strickland throws a big shot of his own that seems to back up Hall. Hall already fading after a furious pace in the opening minute. Strickland clinches Hall and pushes him up against the fence.

The two break and Hall looks exhausted. Hall is throwing with everything he has, but he’s so tired. Strickland is landing a lot of clean shots here. Both men lean on each other in the middle. Strickland looks like he can finish this at anytime.

Hall gets pressed up against the fence again by Strickland. Two minutes left and Uriah Hall is running out of time. Two 1-2s land for Strickland on the break. Strickland goes right back to the clinch after he lands.

Hall is nothing left here with one minute left. Strickland landing shots to the body in the clinch. More good shots from Strickland in the clinch. Hall forces a break, but he can’t land anything big. Strickland sticks to him like glue and this one is over. Dominant performance by Sean Strickland at UFC Vegas 33.

Sean Strickland def. Uriah Hall by Unanimous Decision (50-44, 50-45, 49-46)

UFC Vegas 33 Preview: Uriah Hall – Sean Strickland

Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Vegas 33, we will see a showdown in the middleweight division. Two top eleven contenders will battle it out as “Primetime” Uriah Hall (17-9) is taking on Sean Strickland (23-3).

These two men are very familiar with each other and they’ve trained with each other in the past. However, they are both in each other’s way at UFC Vegas 33 and one of them is wanting to make that next jump up in the middleweight division.

Entering UFC Vegas 33, Strickland has won four straight. He’s been incredibly active since a two year layoff that started back in 2018. Last October, Strickland made his return and he’s gone 3-0 in the UFC with one stoppage.

The stoppage was an incredibly impressive win over Brendan Allen. In his last fight, he defeated Krzysztof Jotko by decision which setup this UFC headliner opposite Uriah Hall.

Hall has been a curious case over the course of his UFC career. While having all the talent in the world, Hall really never lived up to the hype. That said, the soon to be 37 year old is riding a four-fight win streak into tomorrow night.

We last saw Hall at UFC 261 where he set a record. Hall defeated Chris Weidman after Weidman snapped his leg on a checked kick. It was the first time in UFC history that someone one by TKO without landing a single strike. Prior to that, Hall stopped Anderson Silva last October.

UFC Vegas 33 Prediction

I think you’re going to see a fun striking battle tomorrow at UFC Vegas 33. However, which Uriah Hall shows up will tell us a lot about how the fight is going to go. I’m expecting Sean Strickland to be the aggressor tomorrow night.

In a sense, that would play right into the playbook of Uriah Hall. Hall is a brilliant counter striker, however, we’ve seen him become way too passive in fights. When he’s passive, he can easily be outworked.

Ultimately, I think he’s going to get the job done at UFC Vegas 33. I think Strickland will have some success early, but I think Hall finds a huge shot in those middle rounds ultimately leading to his fifth straight win.

Prediction: Uriah Hall by TKO – Round 3

UFC books Uriah Hall – Sean Strickland

The UFC has finalized a fun middleweight matchup for their August PPV. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report today that the promotion had finalized a matchup between Uriah “Primetime” Hall (17-9) and Sean Strickland (23-3).

The matchup between top fifteen contenders will take place at UFC 265 on August 7th. For Sean Strickland, he’s going to be searching for his fifth consecutive victory inside the octagon.

Strickland made his UFC debut back in 2014 and originally fought at welterweight. In fact, one of his three losses in his career came against the current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

However, Strickland has looked like a different fighter since moving up to 185 pounds. He’s won three straight at 185 and his performances have led to the UFC giving him this shot against Hall in August. If Strickland can pull off a victory in August, he will jump into the top ten and be inching his way closer to the top.

UFC 265: Can Uriah Hall reach his potential?

When Uriah Hall was on the Ultimate Fighter, everyone believed that he would be a future UFC champion. The guy had the skill and the talent. Hall seemed like the total package. However, he just couldn’t quite put everything together.

Every time he would get close to the top, he would stumble. However, he now appears to be coming into his own and he’s currently riding the biggest winning streak of his UFC career at four straight.

The last time we saw Hall was at UFC 261. Hall became the first man to win by TKO without having landed a single strike. Chris Weidman of course threw a brutal leg kick that was checked perfectly by Hall. Weidman’s leg snapped and Hall got the victory.

That win comes on the heels of Hall’s TKO win over Anderson Silva. While he’s ranked higher than Strickland, this is going to be a very tough test for Hall. If he wins, he might just be another win away from a UFC title shot.