Jack Hermansson vs Sean Strickland UFC fight info, date and time
This top ten UFC matchup sees Jack Hermansson squaring off against Sean Strickland in the headline bout at UFC Vegas 47.
Hermansson has experienced ups and downs over the past couple of years, going 3-2 in his last five fights. Strickland on the other hand is riding a five-fight winning streak, three of which came at Middleweight.
Ranked #6 and #7 respectively, this fight has huge title implications for the Middleweight division.
Hermansson vs Strickland betting odds
Sean Strickland enters as the betting favorite with opening odds of -205. Placing a bet on Strickland means you would need to bet $205 in order to win $100.
Jack Hermansson is the +180 underdog. If you bet $100 on Hermansson then you would win $180.
ESPN first broke the news of the fight on December 4th, 2021.
Jack Hermansson (@jackthejokermma) vs. Sean Strickland (@SStricklandMMA) in a five-round main event at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 5, per sources. Contracts should be signed shortly. UFC’s 2022 first quarter main events are filling up. pic.twitter.com/1kZIFARGo9— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 3, 2021
Hermansson and Strickland both sit in the top ten Middleweight rankings. While the fight isn’t being treated as a title eliminator, either fighter is likely one or two wins away from a title shot.
True to form, Strickland hasn’t held back with his words since the fight was announced in December, claiming he wants to ‘take Hermansson’s soul.’
Strickland told MMA Junkie:
“I want to take everything from him. I want to watch him bleed. I want to watch him hurt.”
Jack Hermansson returned to the win column with a resounding victory over Edmen Shabazyan. Over the fight, he showcased his dominant top game and brutal ground-and-pound skills.
Hermansson has had a couple of hiccups in the last two years, losing by KO to Jared Cannonier before a decisive loss against Marvin Vettori.
Since returning to Middleweight for his October 2020 fight against Jack Marshman, Strickland has looked indomitable. An impressive KO victory over Brendan Allen (a 195lb catchweight bout) was followed by dominant decisions over Krzysztof Jotko and Uriah Hall.
A volume-striker with a seemingly inexhaustible gas tank, Strickland wears his opponents down by constantly moving forward and throwing hands.
Strickland is infamously aggressive in sparring. During his camp for the Hermansson fight, he knocked out his sparring partner with a head kick.
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How they match up
Hermansson and Strickland are well-matched in height and reach. Hermansson has a slight edge in both departments at 6”1 with a 77.5” reach. Strickland stands 6”0 tall with a 76” reach.
Strickland is the younger man at 30 years old, with 27 pro fights under his belt. Hermansson is 33 years old with 28 pro fights.
The fight is seen as a classic grappler vs striker matchup, although Hermansson is more than capable of banging on the feet.
Reasons to watch
Any Sean Strickland fight is unmissable TV. With an unwavering determination to move forward and strike, Strickland is regarded as one of MMA’s most savage fighters. Expect blood, violence and mid-fight trash-talking.
How Strickland (TDD: 82%) deals with Hermansson’s grappling game will be an intriguing watch. After three KO finishes early in his UFC career, Hermansson’s last three finishes have all been by submission.
A statement win for either man would catapult their name into the conversation for a title eliminator or title shot. In Strickland’s case, six straight wins would put him close to a shot at the belt.
Hermansson, even with the victory, would likely need at least another big win after losing to Cannonier and Vettori recently.
While the upcoming bout between Derek Brunson and Jared Cannonier is seen as the natural Middleweight title eliminator, Hermansson vs Strickland will still have significant title implications.
Hermansson vs Strickland predictions
The bookies’ predictions have Strickland as the betting odds favorite. He is on a five-fight winning streak and opens with odds of -205.
UFC fighter and coach James Krause made the following prediction:
“The only way Hermansson can win is by grappling. Outgrappling Strickland for 25 minutes is going to be tough. Strickland is very similar to Vettori. They are just good across the board.”
Jack Hermansson is likely to utilize his polished grappling during the fight. Not only will he have the advantage on the ground, but it will offer respite from Strickland’s relentless onslaught.
Strickland will want to do everything he can to keep the fight standing. He is likely to walk Hermansson down and throw volume strikes while looking for any opportunities to finish.
Several UFC fighters have made their predictions on the fight. Lightweight Terence McKinney said:
“I have to go with Jack Hermansson, I think he can put Strickland down. Once he does, his ground game will be too good.”
Julian Erosa, who will kick off the main card at UFC Vegas 47, claimed:
“I have to choose Sean Strickland. His boxing is so good and so lively and he will be able to stay upright where he has a big advantage over Hermansson.”
Hermansson vs Strickland picks
Sean Strickland has picked a 4th round finish against Hermansson after taking him into deep water. His prediction has the fight as a war:
“I think we’re going to have a dog fight, we’re going to have a war. Once I start touching his face you will see the coward come out and he’s going to try and wrestle.”
Jack Hermansson is aiming for a perfect performance and believes he matches up well with the champion Israel Adesanya:
“I want to have a perfect performance, so precision, perfection, early, nice, clean victory. Dominance. I think people want to see Jack Hermansson and Adesanya.”
MMA veteran Chael Sonnen also picks a “long, drawn-out war”. On James Lynch’s ‘Pro Picks‘, 8 out of 9 MMA pros picked Strickland for the win. The sole dissenting vote for Hermansson was cast by UFC Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes.
Jack Hermansson vs Sean Strickland is set to go down at UFC Vegas 47: Hermansson vs. Strickland at 11:30pm EST on Saturday 5th February 2022 in a 185lbs matchup.
Jack Hermansson vs Sean Strickland betting odds
Sean Strickland opened as a -200 betting favorite. Placing a bet on Strickland means you would need to bet $200 in order to win $100.
Jack Hermansson is a +180 underdog. If you bet $100 on Hermansson then you would win $180.
Jack Hermansson vs Sean Strickland tale of the tape
- 3 year age gap: Strickland is the younger fighter at 30 years old.
- Hermansson has a slight 1 inch reach advantage.
- Hermansson has 1 more professional MMA fights than Strickland.
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Sean “Tarzan” Strickland fighter profile and recent form
Sean Strickland is a 30 year old male fighter from United States with 24 pro wins and 3 losses. See Sean Strickland’s full MMA record.
Sean Strickland has a 59% finish rate, including 10 by knockout, 4 by submission, 10 by decision.
Sean Strickland is currently riding a 5 fight win streak.
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Jack “The Joker” Hermansson fighter profile and recent form
Jack Hermansson is a 33 year old male fighter from Sweden with 22 pro wins and 6 losses. See Jack Hermansson’s full MMA record.
Jack Hermansson has a 78% finish rate, including 10 by knockout, 7 by submission, 5 by decision.
Jack Hermansson is looking to put together a winning streak, having last beaten Khamzat Chimaev at Bulldog Fight Night 9.
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Last 5 bouts
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Who is fighting tonight in the UFC?
Jack Hermansson vs Sean Strickland is set to go down at UFC Vegas 47 – Hermansson vs. Strickland. The fight is expected to start at around 11:30pm EST on Saturday 5th February 2022.
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