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Riding a two-fight winning streak, Jack Hermansson (18-4) has been given former two-division World Series of Fighting champion David Branch as his next assignment. Branch is currently ranked 11th, and a win over him could propel Hermansson into the top 15.
“The Joker” will be gunning for his sixth Ultimate Fighting Championship victory this weekend at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Get to know more about him through these career-defining numbers:
46: Inches of leg reach. Like his next opponent, Hermansson stands 6’1” but possesses longer legs. Branch’s leg reach measures 42 inches.
1: Punch was all it took for Hermansson to beat Chris Greig and take the East Coast Fight Factory middleweight championship in his very first professional bout. The end came at 0:46 of round three. His exceptional debut was followed by four more victories, all of which were by stoppage.
2: Fights in Bellator MMA. After winning five straight, Hermansson was signed by Bellator. Unfortunately, he dropped his only two fights there and was subsequently released by the promotion. He lost a back-and-forth war with Daniel Vizcaya and tapped to a triangle choke from Jason Butcher.
9: Consecutive victories is his longest winning streak. Following his release from Bellator, Hermansson fought in different promotions, most notably Cage Warriors Fighting Championship where he won the middleweight championship. This string of triumphs also includes winning the Warrior Fight Series middleweight belt and a successful UFC debut, in which he beat Scott Askham via a lopsided decision.
88: Significant strikes landed on Askham in their UFC Fight Night 93 encounter. The Swedish middleweight peppered his opponent with hard right hands and knees but Askham was too tough to fold. Herman had to settle for a unanimous decision victory, garnering scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 from the judges. For his part, Askham connected 37 significant strikes.
4: Losses as a professional MMA fighter. After bowing to Vizcaya and Butcher, Hermansson didn’t lose until he was signed by the UFC, where was submitted by Cezar Ferreira and knocked out by Thiago Santos.
244: Significant strikes landed in UFC competition. He has attempted a total of 431, making for a 57 percent striking accuracy.
47: Percent takedown accuracy inside the Octagon. Of the 15 takedowns he attempted, Hermansson landed six. His most in a single UFC fight was against Thales Leites at three.
11: Wins by KO or TKO. Known primarily for his heavy hands, Hermansson has a long list of knockout victims, which include Greig, Ali Arish, Andor Filo, Mike Ling, Enoc Solves Torres, Deyan Topalski, Alan Carlos, Ireneusz Cholewa, Alex Nicholson, Brad Scott and Leites.
9: Countries in which he has fought in. Hermansson is a well-traveled athlete who has been around the world accomplishing fight duties. These countries include England, Jordan, United States, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Brazil and Mexico.
30: Years of age. Hermansson was born on June 10, 1988. He was originally from Sweden but now calls Norway home.