UFC middleweight Jack Hermansson headlines UFC Vegas 47 against Sean Strickland in a pivotal contenders bout. Hermansson is out to prove that he is still one of the top middleweights in the UFC.
Hermansson is well alive in the race to get a title shot, but the excitement around Hermansson has waned. Part of the reason why is that he has split his last four fights dating back to September 2019. Those two losses came against Jared Cannonier and Marvin Vettori.
The loss to Vettori happened in December 2020, and his future was in question as a future title contender. Luckily for Hermansson, he was given another chance to redeem himself in the middleweight division. That second chance took place in May 2021 when Hermansson defeated Edmen Shahbazyan.
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Hermansson (22-6 record) made the most of the opportunity by exposing Shahbazyan’s lack of wrestling defense. Hermansson dominated the fight on the ground and cruised to a unanimous decision victory. That bout kept Hermansson alive in the middleweight hunt and it sank Shahbazyan’s championship hopes for the time being.
On Saturday, Hermansson will be facing Strickland, who is fighting to be in the same position that Hermansson is in. Hermansson is the No. 6 ranked middleweight, while Strickland is the No. 7 rated middleweight contender. There is a lot on the line for this fight because the winner will likely jump into the top-five middleweight rankings, and the loser will drop closer to No. 10.
Strickland (24-3) walks forward and refuses to give up until his opponent is outmatched. Strickland’s career in the middleweight division is fairly young. He made his middleweight debut at a catchweight against Jack Marshman in October 2020. If the fight stays on the feet, it favors Strickland, but if it goes to the ground, Hermansson’s six submission victories will be favored in that scenario.
Hermansson will be Strickland’s toughest test in the middleweight division. If Hermansson gets the victory, he will remind people about his status as a premier middleweight contender.