Swedish UFC fighter Jack “The Joker” Hermansson has fought some of the absolute best fighters in the promotion’s stacked middleweight division.
Roman Dolidze, Sean Strickland, Edmen Shahbazyan, Marvin Vettori, Kelvin Gastelum, Jared Cannonier, Jacare Souza and David Branch – the list just goes on and on.
Recently visiting Sweden’s leading podcast Käftsmällspodden, the Swedish middleweight revealed two of his absolute favorite moments in his successful career.
“I want to say the fight against Jacare. It was a fight on short notice, something like two-three weeks,” Hermansson revealed. “He was really ‘on’ in that fight, he pushed me to my limit but still I was able to be focused over all five rounds, move well and hit him, I had takedowns. I felt like I did the perfect fight against him.”
The Swede established himself as a top contender in the stacked middleweight division with the win.
“I really felt like I belonged in the top, he was ranked at No. 4 or something when I beat him, so I felt I belonged there.”
Jack Hermansson: “That fight was totally extreme”
Another peak moment was Jack Hermansson’s impressive win against Thales Leites. The Swede dislocated his rib in the first round, survived submission attempts to comeback and TKO Leites in the third round.
“That fight was totally extreme. In many ways it was my toughest achievement mentally to get through this fight. When you are facing the second round and you have this extreme pain and you feel like you don’t have a plan. You can’t just pause and say ‘I’m in pain’,” Hermansson laughed and continued:
“So I’m ending up on the bottom but was able to survive to the third round. It’s pretty bizarre in the end because his securing submission and squeezed as hard as he can but when he’s losing his grip, I’m passing out for a second, and suddenly I wake up to realize ‘hey, I’m on top, how did I end up here?’ and then I feel ‘this is your moment’. So I make a damn nice move from guard to mount – if I may say so – and finish the fight via ground-and-pound. That’s also a performance I’m very happy with.”
Tougher than Israel Adesanya
One of the toughest fighters Hermansson ever faced is the skilled and durable southpaw Marvin “The Italian Dream” Vettori. A fighter he admitted would be very hard to face again.
“I had southpaws,” Hermansson laughed. “His cardio is great too, he has great defensive wrestling, he’s a tough son of a bitch. Rude too.”
“Adesanya feels like an easier fight than Vettori.”