Jack Hermansson to Headline Dec. 5 UFC Fight Night vs. Darren Till

By Jay Pettry Aug 21, 2020

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be rolling every weekend well into December now.

The news first breaking from ESPN on Friday, Jack Hermansson (21-5) will be locking horns with Darren Till (18-3-1) for the middleweight headliner of a UFC Fight Night card on Dec. 5. There is no destination currently set for the event, although it would likely be held at either Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, or the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Although the fight has been made official, Till will need to have his knee medically cleared in order to compete. According to ESPN, signs are pointing towards a successful clearance for Till.

“The Joker” bounced back from a knockout defeat to Jared Cannonier with a first-round heel hook of Kelvin Gastelum in July. Improving his finish rate to 81 percent with the submission, the Swede has stopped his opponent in six of his last seven wins – although each of his last four setbacks also came inside the distance. Since joining the UFC roster in 2016, Hermansson has racked up wins over names including Ronaldo Souza, Thales Leites and David Branch.

Till last competed in July as well, where he dropped a five-round decision to Robert Whittaker to lose his first fight as a middleweight. The former welterweight title challenger moved up to the division and captured a split verdict over Gastelum to earn a place among the top echelon at 185 pounds. With his only win in the last two years coming against Gastelum, “The Gorilla” has been defeated three times in that stretch by Tyron Woodley, Jorge Masvidal and Whittaker.

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