UFC on ESPN+ 8

UFC on ESPN+ 8: Jack Hermansson upsets Jacare with unanimous decision victory

'The Joker' leapfrogs into the the middleweight title conversation

Jack Hermansson (20-4-0) made the most of his opportunity at UFC on ESPN+ 8 with a convincing unanimous decision win over heavily favoured No. 4 middleweight Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza (26-7-0, 1NC) in the main event.

From the beginning Hermansson showed no regard for the vaunted ground game of Souza, piling up the points with strikes and even tried to submit Souza with his trademark guillotine. A second wind after Souza returned with some heavy artillery of his own in the third round produced a workmanlike 49-46, 48-47, and 48-47 scores from the judges.

With the win, Hermansson now has a four fight win streak and is almost certain to improve his current No. 10 ranking. Souza has now dropped two of his last three bouts and his hopes of a title shot is likely on the back burner.

Mike Perry and Alex Oliveira earned Fight of the Night, while Jim Miller and Glover Teixeira earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

DHIEGO LIMA DEF. COURT MCGEE VIA SD (30-27,28-29, 29-28)

ANGELA HILL DEF. JODIE ESQUIBEL VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

JIM MILLER  DEF. JASON GONZALEZ VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R1 2:12

GILBERT BURNS DEF. Mike Davis VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R2 4:15

CARLA ESPARZA DEF. VIRNA JANDIROBA VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

AUGUSTO SAKAI DEF. ANDREI ARLOVSKI VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

TAKASHI SATO DEF. BEN SAUNDERS VIA TKO (ELBOWS AND PUNCHES) R2 1:18

MAIN CARD 

ROOSEVELT ROBERTS VS. THOMAS GIFFORD

 

WINNER: ROOSEVELT ROBERTS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROOSEVELT ROBERTS VIA TKO

Andrews: Gifford made a good accounting of himself and this will help him in his next fight. Good win for Roberts.

JOHN LINEKER VS. CORY SANDHAGEN 

 

WINNER: CORY SANDHAGEN VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOHN LINEKER VIA TKO

Andrews: Close fight. Give Sandhagen credit for outworking Lineker.

GLOVER TEIXEIRA VS. ION CUTELABA 

 

WINNER: GLOVER TEIXEIRA VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R2 3:37

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GLOVER TEIXEIRA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Textbook Glover victory.

ALEX OLIVEIRA VS. MIKE PERRY 

 

WINNER: MIKE PERRY VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEX OLIVIERA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Credit to Perry for improving his striking. A well-earned win.

GREG HARDY VS. DMITRY SMOLIAKOV

 

WINNER: GREG HARDY VIA TKO R1 2:15

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GREG HARDY VIA TKO

Andrews: Hardy handled his business as expected.

MAIN EVENT

RONALDO SOUZA VS. JACK HERMANSSON

 

WINNER: JACK HERMANSSON VIA UD (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RONALDO SOUZA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Hermansson fought his game and not being afraid of Souza’s ground game was key. Well done. Poor Souza. His title shot has evaporated.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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