Jack Hermansson picked up unquestionably the biggest win of his career so far as he outworked middleweight veteran, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, to take the unanimous decision victory at UFC Fort Lauderdale.
Hermansson was coming into this bout as a late replacement after Yoel Romero pulled out on short notice but the Swede looked impressive as he extended his win streak in the middleweight division to four.
His opponent, Souza, was going into the main event in Florida as the favourite and knew a win would edge him ever closer to a title shot which has so far eluded him in his career.
Hermansson put on the pressure from the off in the opening two rounds, his wide ranges of striking and control following a takedown in the second was some excellent work from the #10 ranked fighter in the division.
The 30-year old was on the defensive in round three as Souza hurt him with a body shot and looked to be growing into the fight, but in the last two, Hermansson again picked up the pace with his striking landing more frequently and a late takedown ensuring he finished the fight in top position.
“My coach told me that the fight [was going to be like this]. I was hoping for an early finish,” Hermansson said following the fight, with a laugh.
“It went all the five rounds, I don’t like to go to the decision, that’s why you’re not seeing me smile that much now. I like to finish fights, but I hope it was impressive anyway and I’m looking forward to finishing the next one.”
The victory will almost certainly propel Hermansson up the ranks in the 185 division and the Swede outlined that he would like a “big name”
“I would like to be back, I heard there was a card in Copenhagen in October,” Hermansson said. “I would love to headline that card and give me a top name. What I ask of the UFC is to get the names that get me to that title, I’m obsessed with that title.”
“That’s what I want in this sport. After a victory like this, I stepped in saved the show on short notice against one of the toughest guys in the world and I think I need a good reward after that”