Jack Hermansson
The Joker


To fight Till Dec. 5
August 21, 2020
Hermansson will fight Darren Till in a middleweight matchup -- provided Till gets medical clearance for his left knee -- at UFC Fight Night on Dec. 5.
Hermansson is 21-5 as a pro, coming off a win against Kelvin Gastelum on July 18 via a heel hook submission. Till, who is 18-3 as a pro, is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Robert Whittaker on July 25. Hermansson is an inch taller with a three-inch reach advantage, in addition to owning a striking volume number (5.08 significant strikes landed per minute) that is more than double the career mark of TIll. Hermansson also owns the edge in takedown volume should this turn out to be a grappling affair. Given Hermansson was recently on the verge of contending for a middleweight title, in addition to all the aforementioned advantages, look for him to enter as the betting favorite.
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Taps Kelvin Gastelum in 78 seconds
July 18, 2020
Hermansson defeated Kelvin Gastelum via submission (Heel Hook) at 1:18 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
It was Hermansson's biggest win to date. In a fight he had to have in order to remain relevant at 185 pounds, "The Joker" quickly capitalized on a brutal mistake by Gastelum. After the two men exchanged some strikes on the feet in the early going, Jack powered forward and forced Kelvin to the mat. That was the good news. The bad news was that his momentum sent him flying and he ended up on the bottom. Gastelum tried to get back to his feet just moments later and foolishly left his leg exposed. Hermansson snatched it up and applied the heel hook that ended the fight. It was a huge effort for Jack on the heels of his knockout loss to Jared Cannonier last September. Hermansson called for the winner of next week's Robert Whittaker v. Darren Till bout in his post-fight interview. It remains to be see if that's the direction in which the UFC will go, but it's not the worst idea in the world. Hermansson is firmly on the fringes of the title conversation at 185 pounds.
Date with Gastelum on Fight Island
June 3, 2020
Hermansson and Gastelum agreed to a middleweight bout July 18 on Fight Island, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Hermansson was previously scheduled to face Chris Weidman at UFC Oklahoma City in May, but that event was canceled amid the pandemic. His last bout was a loss to Jared Cannonier via TKO (punches) of Round 2 at UFC Copenhagen in September. Gastelum has lost his past two bouts via split and unanimous decision to Darren Till and Israel Adesanya, respectively.
Likely off May 2 card
April 9, 2020
Hermansson appears to no longer be in line to face Chris Weidman in a middleweight bout that was originally scheduled for UFC Oklahoma City on May 2, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
While the UFC has yet to officially postpone this event, all signs are pointing to the location being changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether that ends up in California or Dana White's private island remains to be seen, but Hermansson -- a Sweden native -- may have trouble arranging travel accommodations given the state of global affairs. Helwani reports that the UFC is looking for a new opponent for Weidman, so it appears Hermansson will be sidelined until further notice.
Facing Weidman in Oklahoma City
February 20, 2020
Hermansson will fight Chris Weidman at UFC Oklahoma City on May 2, MMAFighting.com reports.
Hermansson is coming off a loss to Jared Cannonier at UFC Copenhagen, so he'll work to rebound against Weidman, who boasts just a 1-5 record over his last six fights. The 31-year-old will look to make use of his impressive wrestling skills and solid striking statistics against Weidman, who is coming off a one-fight stint as a light heavyweight.
Costly loss in Copenhagen
September 29, 2019
Hermansson lost to Jared Cannonier via TKO (punches) at 0:27 of Round 2 at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
Both men came out with high energy early as if they had little awareness it was scheduled to be a five-round fight. Hermansson registered 20 significant strikes and a takedown in Round 1, but it was Cannonier that landed the harder shots, which included a huge uppercut, another quality counter and multiple leg kicks. In the second round, Hermansson ate another uppercut that had devastating consequences, as he was sent to the canvas and Cannonier immediately pounced. With his killer instinct evident, Cannonier used his fists and elbows to render Hermansson incapable of defending himself. There was no protest of the stoppage. Hermansson had put together a four-fight winning streak that had him on the verge of title contention, but he was defeated by a lower-ranked opponent, likely ending those aspirations. The 31-year-old will get back on track, but he seemingly ran into a fighter here that is right in the prime of his title run.