Jack Berndhard Hermansson (born June 10, 1988) is a Swedish-born Norwegian professional mixed martial artist, who competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). 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. As of March 23, 2021, he is #7 in the UFC middleweight rankings.
|Born||Jack Berndhard Hermansson|
June 10, 1988
|Nationality||Swedish and Norwegian|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||77 1⁄2 in (197 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Oslo, Norway|
|Team||Team Hellboy (formerly) |
|Trainer||Eduardo "Teta" Rios (Jiu Jitsu) Mohsen Bahari (Striking)|
|Years active||2010–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Hermansson was born and raised in Uddevalla, Sweden, on June 10, 1988, with six siblings. He started his martial arts career as a Greco-Roman wrestler in 1997, at age of 9. After training some Muay Thai and other disciplines, he transitioned to mixed martial arts in 2008.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Hermansson 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.
After two fights overseas, Hermansson returned to Europe and Cage Warriors.
Hermansson challenged for the promotional title against veteran and fellow former Bellator fighter Norman Paraisy on June 7, 2014 at Cage Warriors 69. He became the champion after he defeated Paraisy by submission due to a rear-naked choke at the end of round 4.
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. Hermansson himself would be out of action due to injuries for almost a year.
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. He won the fight by submission due to an armbar in the first round to become the WFS champion.
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.
Hermansson was supposed to defend his WFS title on February 13, 2016 at Warrior Fight Series 5. 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. 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. He won the fight by knockout in the ending sequences of round three.
Hermansson faced Ireneusz Cholewa on May 21, 2016 at Venator FC 3. Hermansson won the fight via TKO in round 3.
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. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Next Hermansson faced Alex Nicholson on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109. 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.
Hermansson faced Thales Leites on May 12, 2018 at UFC 224. Hermansson suffered a serious rib injury (costochondral separation) after being taken down in the first round. 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.
Hermansson next faced David Branch on March 30, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 2. He won the fight via submission due to a guillotine choke, 49 seconds into the first round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
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. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
On July 17, it was reported that Hermansson signed a 6-fight deal with UFC.
Hermansson was expected to face Chris Weidman on May 2, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hermansson was scheduled to face Darren Till on December 5, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 19. However, Till was forced out of the bout on November 6 due to injury. Hermansson was then scheduled to face Kevin Holland at the event instead. The fight with Holland fell through on November 28 when it was revealed that Holland tested positive for COVID-19. Hermansson faced Marvin Vettori at the event instead. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.
Hermansson was raised in Uddevalla, Sweden with his six siblings before moving to Norway when he was 19 years old to find work. He settled in Oslo, where he also started training in MMA. He has said that he identifies as both Swedish and Norwegian, and when he fights, he represents both Sweden and Norway. 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.
He and his girlfriend, Nora, have been in a relationship since 2012.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
- Warrior Fight Series
- WFS Middleweight Championship (One time)
- East Coast Fight Factory
- ECFF Middleweight Championship (One time)
- Nordic MMA Awards - MMAViking.com
- Oslo Submission Series
- OSS 2 (2016) Super Fight Winner
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||21 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||21–6||Marvin Vettori||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Hermansson vs. Vettori||December 5, 2020||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||21–5||Kelvin Gastelum||Submission (heel hook)||UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2||July 19, 2020||1||1:18||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||20–5||Jared Cannonier||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Cannonier||September 28, 2019||2||0:27||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|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 (modified 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 (modified 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||Middleweight debut. Won the ECFF Middleweight Championship.|
Amateur mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|2 matches||2 wins||0 losses|
|Win||2–0||Martin Johansson||TKO (knees)||Adrenaline 4: The New Generation||February 13, 2010||2||N/A||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Win||1–0||Martin Lavin||TKO (punches)||Swedish Shootfighting League 09: Shoot Challenge 5||May 23, 2009||2||1:02||Stockholm, Sweden|
- Mixed martial arts show results Date: December 5, 2020
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