UFC Vegas 47 goes down this weekend at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. In the main event, top ten middleweights Jack Hermansson and Sean Strickland go head-to-head.
Hermansson returned to winning ways in his most recent fight at UFC Vegas 27, where he beat Edmen Shahbazyan by unanimous decision, and is now looking to bag a second consecutive victory. Strickland is currently riding a five fight winning streak, with his most recent victory coming against Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 33. A win at UFC Vegas 47 would take him a step closer to a title shot.
UFC Vegas 47: Analysis And Prediction
Hermansson is a very well-rounded fighter. He’s an excellent grappler and also a solid striker, who likes to switch stances and set up combinations. Strickland is an excellent striker, who has a very high output and exceptional technical boxing. He’s also a solid grappler. Strickland scored one of the biggest wins of his career in his most recent fight against Hall and has another tough opponent standing in front of him. ‘Tarzan’ hasn’t fought anyone of Hermansson calibre at middleweight so far, but he does match up with him really well.
‘The Joker’ has struggled on the back foot in the past, and Strickland’s high-pressure style is only going to add to his problems come fight night. Hermansson’s best chance of winning the fight is on the mat, where he’s slightly better than his opponent. However, he doesn’t have a very impressive takedown accuracy, whereas Strickland has an excellent takedown defence.
Stat-wise, Strickland is slightly better offensively, as he lands close to five and a half significant strikes per minute on average, whereas Hermansson lands close to five. Hermansson is slightly better defensively as he absorbs a little less than three and a half significant strikes per minute on average, whereas Strickland absorbs a little less than four.
Expect Strickland to keep the fight standing and rely on his boxing to get a finish.
Prediction: Sean Strickland by TKO
Jack Hermansson (+175)
Sean Strickland (-210)
Who do you think will win the middleweight bout between Jack Hermansson and Sean Strickland at UFC Vegas 47?