Jack Hermansson got here into the battle with Ronaldo Souza as a betting underdog. He left as the most recent contender within the middleweight division after a transparent unanimous choice victory over probably the greatest fighters within the division.
On each the bottom and the ft, Hermansson (20-Four MMA, 7-2 UFC) outworked the jiu-jitsu ace Souza (26-7 MMA, 9-Four UFC), pulling forward on the scorecards with a quantity method whereas “Jacare” tried for one massive end. Ultimately, all three judges scored the bout for Hermansson, giving him the largest win of his profession with scores of 49-46, 48-47, and 48-47.
The middleweight bout was the principle occasion of Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ Eight present at BB&T Heart in Dawn, Fla., close to Fort Lauderdale. It streamed on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN and ESPN2.
It took all 5 grueling rounds, however Hermansson got here closest to ending the battle when he latched on his signature submission after hurting Souza with punches within the first.
Whereas he couldn’t end the unconventional arm-in guillotine on Souza the best way he has on others, he obtained shut sufficient to exhibit that he was right here to win, no matter whether or not or not anybody else thought he had an opportunity.
Hermansson ended up controlling a lot of the second spherical on the mat after taking Souza down after which staying busy with strikes inside his guard, exhibiting no actual worry of Souza’s harmful floor recreation. After Souza got here roaring again with physique punches and arduous overhand rights within the third, nonetheless, it appeared as if Hermansson could also be fading.
However Hermansson rebounded with punch flurries and a superior work charge within the fourth and fifth rounds, leaving a bloodied and more and more determined Souza following him round and searching annoyed by Hermansson’s refusal to face in a single place.
As an alternative, Hermansson chipped away at Souza with punch mixtures and took him right down to halt his ahead progress, making a transparent assertion the judges couldn’t ignore because the battle drew to an in depth.
The unanimous choice win offers Hermansson his highest-profile victory to this point, and he made clear in his post-fight remarks that he expects to maintain shifting towards the UFC middleweight title.
Hermansson has now gained 4 straight within the UFC, together with his final loss coming all the best way again in 2017. Souza has misplaced two of his final three.
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