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: Tresean Gore – Bryan Battle

Tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 47, we are going to see the true finale of the 29th season of The Ultimate Fighter. Team Volkanovski’s Bryan Battle (6-1) will be taking on Team Ortega’s Tresean Gore (3-0). However, the Ultimate Fighter title will not be on the line at UFC Vegas 47.

These two men were originally supposed to meet back in August to cap off the season of the Ultimate Fighter. However, Gore suffered a knee injury and was forced out of the finale. Now that he’s back and healthy, the UFC wanted to run this fight back to see who is the better man.

To earn a spot in the finale, Gore won a decision against Ryder Newman and knocked out Gilbert Urbina. Urbina was the man who got the shot against Bryan Battle back in August for the Ultimate Fighter title after Gore suffered his knee injury.

Of course, we all know that Battle won that fight and won his UFC contract. Counting his fights on the show, Battle has won seven straight fights leading up to UFC Vegas 47. After being the last pick on season 29 of TUF, Battle finds himself as a popular betting pick tomorrow night.

UFC Vegas 47 Prediction

When I saw these two men compete on the Ultimate Fighter, I impressed in different ways. With Gore, I was impressed with his composure and his striking timing inside the octagon. He looked like a guy who could compete with UFC caliber fighters on the feet.

With Battle, I was impressed with just about everything. I was impressed with his striking, his grappling, his toughness, and his grit. He won over many fans on TUF and it’s easy to see why. However, I wasn’t insanely impressed with his win against Gilbert Urbina.

Yes, he got the stoppage victory. However, if he was fighting Tresean Gore that night, he might’ve gone to sleep. He was getting touched up quite a bit and I think he might suffer a similar fate. I picked Tresean Gore to win TUF and I think he pulls it out at UFC Vegas 47.

Prediction: Tresean Gore by TKO – Round 2

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