Jack Hermansson
The Joker

Sweden

Rebounds to score huge victory
MiddleweightUFC
May 22, 2021
Hermansson defeated Edmen Shahbazyan via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Hermansson deserves full marks for rebounding after a poor Round 1. He could have packed his bags and returned to Sweden with his third defeat in his past four fights, but he stuck with his biggest strength and it worked for him. Jack had all sorts of difficulty with Shahbazyan's boxing in the first frame. He tried to push forward aggressively, but it didn't work. When the clock flipped to Round 2, Hermansson's smothering wrestling game took over. He was the better man in the middle frame before blowing the young Shahbazyan out of the water in Round 3. Hermansson has proven to be a high level boxer with the ability to win a fight on the mat like he did on Saturday. It's a highly intriguing combination and is one of the main reasons the soon-to-be 33-year-old has emerged as one of the best middleweights on the UFC roster.
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Fight pushed back a week
MiddleweightUFC
May 10, 2021
Hermansson's fight against Edmen Shahbazyan has been pushed back to May 22, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The fight is no longer on the UFC 262 card for an undisclosed reason, but it has been pushed back just one week. Hermansson will making his first appearance in the Octagon since suffering a broken toe and a broken eye socket in the loss to Marvin Vettori on December 5.
Will return in May
MiddleweightUFC
March 19, 2021
Hermansson (face) will fight Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC 262 on May 15, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Hermansson will return to the Octagon after suffering a broken toe and broken eye socket in his defeat to Marvin Vettori in December. The 32-year-old was in line for a potential title fight down the road until losing to Vettori. Hermansson is a higher-ranked fighter than his opponent and should start out as a pretty significant favorite as he looks to get back to his winning ways.
Picks up pair of injuries
MiddleweightUFC
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.
Drops main event in Vegas
MiddleweightUFC
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
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.