We have a very exciting middleweight encounter at UFC on ESPN 42, a showdown between no. 5 ranked Derek Brunson (23-8) and no. 8th ranked Jack Hermansson (23-7).
UFC on ESPN 42 is set to go down Dec. 3, 2022, live from the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., and it’s set to be headlined by a welterweight showcase between two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson and the 2020 Breakthrough Fighter of the Kevin Holland Year.
Coming back to Brunson vs. Hermansson, this should be a very telling fight for both men.
Each man had great success in the UFC middleweight division, but each of them also faltered here and there.
Starting with Derek Brunson, he came to the UFC at the end of 2012 with a 9-2 record, where he beat Chris Leben by unanimous decision, before returning almost a year later to earn a submission to the premier. lap (bare rear choke) victory.
A loss to Yoel Romero would follow, and what an amazing performance it was for him early on. Brunson would take down Romero three times in five attempts, while padding all four of Romero’s takedowns.
It was incredibly impressive as he became the first, and to date only man to beat the multiple time world champion and Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling. However, as history has shown us, there is no more dangerous third-round fighter on the planet than Romero.
Brunson would be stopped via TKO in the third and final round.
Five straight wins would follow, where he got four knockouts, before losing back-to-back outings to former champions Robert Whittaker (TKO) and Anderson Silva (UD).
Brunson bounced back with back-to-back wins by first-round knockout, the latter over former light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. However, he would lose another pair of fights, being knocked out by Ronaldo Souza for the second time and then by Israel Adesanya.
There’s really no shame in that. Souza and Adesanya are both multiple time world champions, Souza in Strikeforce and Adesanya of course in the UFC.
But it marked the start of a rejuvenated Brunson, as he would go on another five-game winning streak, capped by victories over Kevin Holland (UD) and Darren Till (naked back choke).
After a dominant first round in his last outing against top-ranked compatriot Jared Cannonier, he was viciously knocked out with a series of elbows in the second round.
Jack Hermansson, meanwhile, came to the UFC with a 13-2 record as the Cage Warriors & MFS middleweight champion. He would go 3-2 in his first five promotional fights, all but his debut ending in a finish, before embarking on a four-fight winning streak.
This saw him submit BJJ black belts (Gerald Meerschaert and David Branch) in back-to-back bouts, and he also came close to submitting Ronaldo Souza in their five-round affair, but ended up taking the unanimous decision win with him.
Hermansson has since gone 3-3, the most notable victory over Kelvin Gastelum via submission (heel hook) in just 78 seconds. He is best known for his grappling, but he just defeated a violent KO artist to Chris Curtis entirely on the feet in his last fight last July.
Both of these men are nasty wrestlers who have won most of their victories by knockout. Who are you taking?
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