Jack Hermansson
The Joker

Sweden

Out
Injury Face
Est. Return 6/1/2021
Picks up pair of injuries
MiddleweightUFC
Out
December 6, 2020
Hermansson suffered a broken toe and a broken eye socket in Saturday's loss to Marvin Vettori at UFC on ESPN 19 in Las Vegas, Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hermansson was bested via unanimous decision Saturday. He went to the hospital following the bout, and there's no clear timeline for his return to the Octagon. Hermansson likely needs significant time to recover, specifically for his shattered eye socket. As such he was handed a six-month medical suspension for that orbital fracture, MMAJunkie.com reports.
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Drops main event in Vegas
MiddleweightUFC
Out
December 5, 2020
Hermansson lost to Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision (46-49, 46-49, 45-49) at UFC on ESPN 19 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Hermansson didn't emerge with the victory that he came for, but he deserves a massive around of credit for surviving Round 1, let alone seeing the final bell. Jack was floored by an early combination from Vettori and seemed finished, but he battled through it to remain competitive for the rest of the fight. Hermansson's cardio was on point, as always, but Vettori matched him in that area. Every time Jack seemed to be getting back into the fight, Vettori strung together a couple more combinations and pulled away once again. This fight was more competitive than the scorecards would lead you to believe. Jack did nothing wrong, but Vettori was just a bit better on this night. It was a high-volume, closely-contested matchup that saw both men walk away with $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses. Hermansson is clearly a top-tier middleweight, but the 32-year-old has now alternated wins, and losses in his past three bouts dating back to September 2019 and it's difficult to gain any traction in a deep middleweight division with that type of inconsistency.
Gets new opponent
MiddleweightUFC
Out
November 28, 2020
Hermansson will now take on Marvin Vettori in a middleweight bout as the headliner at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Dec. 5, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The revolving door of opponents continues for Hermansson. His first two opponents were forced two withdraw from the matchup, but he'll still get to fight in the headliner Dec. 5. Hermansson defeated Kelvin Gastelum via submission (heel hook) at 1:18 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in July, bringing his professional record to 21-5. Vettori most recently defeated Karl Roberson via submission (rear-naked choke) in June, but he suffered a right knee injury during the matchup. However, he should be healthy enough to fight Hermansson. Hermansson has slight advantages in both height and reach.
Won't fight Holland
MiddleweightUFC
Out
November 28, 2020
Hermansson will no longer face Kevin Holland on Dec. 5 after Holland tested positive for COVID-19, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Hermansson had to settle for a fight against Holland after his original matchup against Darren Till was scrapped. However, the status of the fight is now in question following Holland's positive test. The promotion is reportedly seeking out Marvin Vettori to step in on short notice for the main event Saturday, but a bout agreement hasn't yet been reached.
Opponent changed for next fight
MiddleweightUFC
Out
November 6, 2020
Hermansson will now face Kevin Holland in Las Vegas on Dec. 5 after Darren Till withdrew with an undisclosed injury Friday, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Hermansson was looking to square off against a top-10 opponent but will settle for the lower-ranked Holland. That's not to say Holland will be a pushover, however, as he's already won four times in 2020, most recently defeating Charlie Ontiveros by TKO on Oct. 31. For his part, Hermansson bounced back from a second-round TKO loss to Jared Cannonier in September of 2019 by submitted Kelvin Gastelum early in the first round in July.
To fight Till Dec. 5
MiddleweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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.