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Berndhard Jack Hermansson (born June 10, 1988), known professionally as Jack Hermansson, is a Swedish mixed martial artist currently living in and fighting out of Norway. He competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the former champion in Cage Warriors and Warrior Fight Series. In 2012-2013 he fought in the United States in the Bellator MMA promotion. On the European circuit he held notable victories over UFC veteran Karlos Vemola and Bellator veteran Norman Paraisy among others.[1] As of May 1, 2019, he is #5 in official UFC middleweight rankings.[2]

Jack Hermansson
BornBerndhard Jack Hermansson
(1988-06-10) June 10, 1988 (age 30)
Uddevalla, Sweden
Other namesThe Joker
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Reach77 12 in (197 cm)
Fighting out ofOslo, Norway
TeamFrontline Academy
Years active2010–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout11
By submission5
By decision4
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Hermansson started his martial arts career as a wrestler in 1997, at age 9. He transitioned to mixed martial arts in 2008.[3] He turned professional in 2010 and racked up a 5-0 record, all stoppages (4 KO’s, 1 submission), in little over a year. In his first fight he won the title in the East Coast Fight Factory organisation by a one punch knockout in the third round. Two of the other victories, both by knockout, came in British top promotion Cage Warriors.[4]

Bellator MMAEdit

After his early career success, Hermansson was signed by American promotion Bellator MMA in 2012.[5]

Hermansson made his promotional debut against Daniel Vizcaya on December 14, 2012 at Bellator 84.[6] He lost the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[7]

Hermansson next fought Jason Butcher on March 21, 2013 at Bellator 93.[8] He lost the fight by submission due to a triangle choke.[9] This would mark the last fight for Hermansson in the promotion.

Independent promotionsEdit

After two fights overseas, Hermansson returned to Europe and Cage Warriors.[10]

Hermansson's first outing came against Enoc Solves Torres on March 22, 2014 at Cage Warriors 66.[11] He won the fight by TKO in the third round.[12]

Less than a month later Hermansson took on Ion Pascu on April 18, 2014 at Cage Warriors: Fight Night 11.[13] He won by unanimous decision, the first decision victory of his career.[14]

Hermansson challenged for the promotional title against veteran and fellow former Bellator fighter Norman Paraisy on June 7, 2014 at Cage Warriors 69.[15] He became the champion after he defeated Paraisy by submission due to a rear-naked choke at the end of round 4.[16]

Hermansson defended his title against Deyan Topalski on August 22, 2014 at Cage Warriors 71.[17] He won the fight by TKO in the first round.[18]

In February 2015, the Cage Warriors promotion would become inactive after changing in the leading staff. When and if the organization would return to make new events were unclear.[19] Hermansson himself would be out of action due to injuries for almost a year.[20]

Hermansson returned in a title fight in British promotion Warrior Fight Series against UFC veteran Karlos Vemola on August 1, 2015 at Warrior Fight Series 4.[21][22] He won the fight by submission due to an armbar in the first round to become the WFS champion.[23]

Hermansson was scheduled to face Kévin Del on November 29, 2015 at Lion FC 6 for the promotional championship. However, Del would later withdraw from the contest citing an injury, and the bout was scrapped altogether.[24]

Next Hermansson instead fought undefeated polish fighter Maciej Rozanski on December 12, 2015 at Venator FC 2.[25] Hermansson won the fight by unanimous decision.[26]

Hermansson was supposed to defend his WFS title on February 13, 2016 at Warrior Fight Series 5.[27] No opponent was set and later it was announced by the promotion that the title defense would not materialize at that event.

On February 11, 2016, after almost one and a half year of inactivity, Cage Warriors announced their return.[28][29] Hermansson defended his CWFC title against Alan Carlos on the first event after the promotion's return on April 15, 2016 at Cage Warriors 75.[30] He won the fight by knockout in the ending sequences of round three.[31]

Hermansson faced Ireneusz Cholewa on May 21, 2016 at Venator FC 3. Hermansson had a dominant performance, winning the first two rounds before finishing the fight by TKO in round 3.[32]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

On May 31, 2016 it was announced that Hermansson had signed with the UFC. He made his promotional debut against Scott Askham on September 3, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 93.[33] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[34]

Hermansson next faced Cezar Ferreira on November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 100.[35] He lost the fight via submission in the second round.[36]

Next Hermansson faced Alex Nicholson on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109.[37] This was the first time in his professional career that Hermansson fought in his native Sweden. He won the fight by TKO in the first round.[38]

Hermansson next fought Brad Scott on August 5, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 114.[39] He won the fight by TKO in the first round.[40]

Hermansson faced Thiago Santos on October 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 119.[41] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[42]

He faced Thales Leites on May 12, 2018 at UFC 224.[43] Hermansson suffered a serious rib injury (costochondral separation) after being taken down in the first round.[44][45] However, despite being in severe pain, he survived several submission attempts in the first and second round, and was able to rally back and win the fight via TKO in the third round.[46][47]

Hermansson faced Gerald Meerschaert on December 15, 2018 at UFC on Fox 31.[48] He won the fight by a guillotine choke submission in the first round.[49]

He faced David Branch on March 30, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 2.[50] He won the fight via submission due to a guillotine choke, 49 seconds into the first round.[51] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[52]

Hermansson had a quick turnaround as he replaced an injured Yoel Romero to face former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza on April 27, 2019 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 150.[53] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[54]

Personal lifeEdit

Hermansson moved from his native Sweden to Norway when he was 18 years old to find work. He settled in Oslo, where he also started training in MMA.[55] Before focusing full-time on his fighting career he had various jobs, including working in a pet store, being a bartender and as a substitute teacher.[56][57]

Him and his girlfriend, Nora, have been a couple since 2012.[58]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Submission WrestlingEdit

  • Oslo Submission Series
    • OSS 2 (2016) Super Fight Winner[68]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 20–4 Ronaldo Souza Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson April 27, 2019 5 5:00 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 19–4 David Branch Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje March 30, 2019 1 0:49 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 18–4 Gerald Meerschaert Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 December 15, 2018 1 4:25 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 17–4 Thales Leites TKO (punches) UFC 224 May 12, 2018 3 2:10 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 16–4 Thiago Santos TKO (body kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida October 28, 2017 1 4:59 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 16–3 Brad Scott TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno August 5, 2017 1 3:50 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 15–3 Alex Nicholson TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira May 28, 2017 1 2:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 14–3 Cezar Ferreira Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 November 19, 2016 2 2:11 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 14–2 Scott Askham Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett September 3, 2016 3 5:00 Hamburg, Germany
Win 13–2 Ireneusz Cholewa TKO (punches) Venator FC 3 May 23, 2016 3 1:05 Milan, Italy
Win 12–2 Alan Carlos KO (punches) Cage Warriors FC 75 April 15, 2016 3 4:45 London, England Defended the CWFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 11–2 Maciej Różański Decision (unanimous) Venator FC 2 December 12, 2015 3 5:00 Rimini, Italy
Win 10–2 Karlos Vémola Submission (armbar) Warrior Fight Series 4 August 1, 2015 1 2:08 London, England Won the vacant WFS Middleweight Championship.
Win 9–2 Deyan Topalski TKO (punches) Cage Warriors FC 71 August 22, 2014 1 4:09 Amman, Jordan Defended the CWFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 8–2 Norman Paraisy Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Warriors FC 69 June 7, 2014 4 4:49 London, England Won the vacant CWFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Ion Pascu Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors FC: Fight Night 11 April 18, 2014 3 5:00 Amman, Jordan
Win 6–2 Enoc Solves Torres TKO (punches) Cage Warriors FC 66 March 22, 2014 3 4:36 Ballerup, Denmark
Loss 5–2 Jason Butcher Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 93 March 21, 2013 1 2:24 Lewiston, Maine, United States
Loss 5–1 Daniel Vizcaya Decision (split) Bellator 84 December 14, 2012 3 5:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 5–0 Mike Ling KO (punches) Cage Warriors: Fight Night 2 September 8, 2011 1 3:30 Amman, Jordan
Win 4–0 Andor Filo KO (punch) World FC 2: Bad Boys July 9, 2011 1 0:28 London, England
Win 3–0 Ali Arish KO (punch and head kick) Cage Warriors: 41 April 24, 2011 2 1:39 London, England
Win 2–0 Ian Farquharson Submission (rear-naked choke) Into the Cage 1 November 20, 2010 1 0:43 Andover, England
Win 1–0 Chris Greig KO (punch) East Coast Fight Factory: Impact July 1, 2010 3 0:46 Norwich, England Won the ECFF Middleweight Championship.

Amateur mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Martin Johansson TKO (knees) Adrenaline 4: The New Generation February 13, 2010 2 N/A Copenhagen, Denmark



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