UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Cannonier Preview

UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Cannonier Preview

A preview of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card, set to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Updated: Sept. 26, 2019 • 11:15 AM ET

Copenhagen, Denmark will host this weekend's UFC event.

The UFC will visit Denmark for the first time this Saturday with a main event featuring a middleweight bout between No. 5 Jack Hermansson and No. 9 Jared Cannonier at Royal Arena in Copenhagen.

Coming off the biggest win of his career, a defeat of title contender and all-time great Jacare Souza by unanimous decision in April, Hermansson has won four straight fights. In the fight against Souza, the Swedish fighter landed 148 significant strikes, which is the most ever landed in a five-round middleweight bout. The dominant performance was a surprise to many, as Souza was believed to be next in line to challenge for the title with a win. Instead, Hermansson could be in that same position if he can produce another dominant victory this weekend.

The 31-year-old Hermansson will likely have the fans in Copenhagen on his side as he tries to win his eighth UFC fight. Including Souza, he has keys victories over David Branch and Thales Leites. If he wins on Saturday, Hermansson has a few ideas about who he would like to fight next.

“I feel like if I win this fight, it’s probably a fight against Paulo Costa or waiting that makes the most sense,” Hermansson recently told MMA Junkie. “(Kelvin) Gastelum is going to fight (Darren) Till. If he wins, then that’s a fight that I could take.

“But there’s a certain limit of fights that make sense right now, so preferably I’d like to fight Costa. If he’s going to fight for the title, then I do not mind waiting a little bit because I feel like I should be next in line for the title shot.”

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After making his UFC debut at heavyweight in a loss to Shawn Jordan at UFC 182 in 2015, Cannonier has experienced mixed results. After a separate run at light heavyweight, he has found a home at 185 pounds, riding two straight victories over former champion and middleweight G.O.A.T Anderson Silva by TKO at UFC 237 and a dominant TKO victory over David Branch at UFC 230.

The 35-year-old Cannonier is 5-4 in the UFC, but a win over Hermansson would solidify his position as a serious threat in the middleweight division. He’s confident he will finish Hermansson.

“I see it playing out like this,” Cannonier recently told BJPenn.com. “Hermansson will move around a lot, and try to be aggressive. If I don’t knock him out when he comes forward, when he starts to tire down and stop moving, I’ll knock him out. I only see myself winning.”

If Cannonier can defeat Hermansson this weekend, win a following fight and earn a title shot, it would be one of the most remarkable transformations in UFC history. In a sport where the trend has been fighters moving up in weight, Cannonier will have moved down two weight classes and worked his way into the title conversation.

 

The rest of the main card on ESPN+

Lightweight bout - Mark Madsen vs. Danilo Belluardo

Welterweight bout - Gunnar Nelson vs. Gilbert Burns

Light heavyweight bout - Ion Cutelaba vs. Khalil Rountree Jr.

Light heavyweight bout - Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Ovince Saint Preux

Welterweight bout - Nicolas Dalby vs. Alex Oliveira

 

ESPN+ Prelims

Middleweight bout - Alen Amedovski vs. John Phillips

Middleweight bout - Alessio di Chirico vs. Makhmud Muradov

Welterweight bout - Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Ismail Naurdiev

Featherweight bout - Brandon Davis vs. Giga Chikadze

Lightweight bout - Mark Madsen vs. Danilo Belluardo

Women’s bantamweight bout - No. 11 Macy Chiasson vs. No. 12 Lina Lansberg

Lightweight bout - Marc Diakiese vs. Lando Vannata

Bantamweight bout - Jack Shore vs. Nohelin Hernandez

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