Jack Hermansson believes a big performance against Sean Strickland at UFC Vegas 47 this Saturday night could see him earn a shot at the middleweight title.
Hermansson, who is 2-2 in his last four fights, returned to winning ways in his most recent fight at UFC Vegas 27, where he defeated Edmen Shahbazyan by unanimous decision. Strickland is currently riding a five fight winning streak, with his most recent win coming against Uriah Hall by unanimous decision at UFC Vegas 33. Both fighters are eyeing a title shot with an impressive performance at UFC Vegas 47.
Getting a title shot won’t be easy for either, however, since other top middleweight contenders, including Derek Brunson and Jared Cannonier, who will lock horns in less than two weeks at UFC 271, are gunning for a title shot. While Marvin Vettori, who returned to winning ways by beating Paulo Costa at UFC Vegas 41 is also eyeing a second go at the 185 pound belt.
Jack Hermansson Eyes Title Shot
During the UFC Vegas 47 media day (as transcribed by BJPenn.com), Hermansson said that despite there being other deserving contenders in the division, he should fight for the title if he beats Strickland as fans want to see him against reigning champion Israel Adesanya, who defends his crown against Robert Whittaker in the UFC 271 main event.
“I do a good enough performance, you know, and then it depends on the other contenders,” Hermansson said. “Brunson and Cannonier, how will they perform? Are they going to do an exciting fight or not? You know, we have had a lot of rematches just lately. Vettori against Adesanya. Now Whittaker against Adesanya. Do we want to see Brunson against Adesanya? I’m not sure. You know, I think people want to see Jack Hermansson and Adesanya.”
Do you agree with Jack Hermansson that he should fight for the middleweight title if he beats Sean Strickland at UFC Vegas 47?