How Does Jack Hermansson Match Up With Israel Adesanya?
Jack Hermansson has revealed how he thinks he matches up with Israel Adesanya.
Adesanya is the reigning UFC Middleweight Champion. He last competed this past Saturday, September 26. “The Last Stylebender” defeated Paulo Costa via second-round TKO. It’s Adesanya’s second successful UFC Middleweight Title defense.
UFC President Dana White plans to have Jared Cannonier challenge Adesanya next if he can get past Robert Whittaker at UFC 254 on October 24. If Cannonier falls short, it could leave the door open for Hermansson to get the title shot.
During an appearance from Submission Radio, Hermansson said he’s convinced that Adesanya would want to avoid the ground game with him if they fight (via MMAJunkie.com).
“He doesn’t want to do that at all. I’m sure he wants to fight me, but I’m 100 percent sure that he doesn’t want to fight me on the ground. Not a chance. But it’s very likely that he wants a good grappler to test himself against, arguably. But that he wants our fight to go to the ground? He doesn’t want that. And I think that we can be honest with each other.
“He is the superior striker, and I am the superior grappler. But at the same time, I feel like I have the wrestling at my side, I have the ground and pound on my side. And I believe it’s easier to create opportunities in the striking than it is in the grappling. So, overall, I see myself as the better fighter.”
Hermansson last stepped inside the Octagon back on July 19. He pulled off a first-round submission victory over Kelvin Gastelum. It was the sixth submission victory in Hermansson’s pro MMA career. “The Joker” has gone 5-1 in his last six outings. The lone defeat in that span was against Cannonier. In his current stretch, Hermansson has beaten the likes of Gastelum, Jacare Souza, and Gerald Meerschaert.