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UFC on ESPN+ 18: Jared Cannonier takes out Jack Hermansson

"Killa Gorilla" serves notice to the middleweight division

Jared Cannonier (13-4-0) used a well-timed uppercut to neutralize a charging No. 5 Jack Hermansson (20-5-0) in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 18 in Copenhagen.

Hermansson started off the bout looking to get the fight to the ground – but thanks to some fierce leg kicks and good defending by Cannonier – landed only a single takedown in six attempts. “The Killa Gorilla” took advantage of another Hermansson shot early in the second round, countering the takedown with an uppercut that knocked “The Joker” to the ground. Follow up strikes forced referee Marc Goddard to stop the bout 29 seconds into the second round.

It was another impressive victory for Cannonier, who stopped former champion Anderson Silva using his patented leg kicks in a previous bout. He is almost certain to leapfrog from his current No. 9 ranking, and is undefeated in three middleweight fights.

Hermansson’s four fight win streak ended in Copenhagen.

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Cannonier, Ovince St. Preux, John Phillips, and Jack Shore 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:

JACK SHORE DEF. NOHELIN HERNANDEZ VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R3 2:51

MARC DIAKESE DEF. LANDO VANETTA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

LINA LANSBERG DEF. MACY CHIASSON VIA UD (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)

GIGA CHIKADZE DEF. BRANDON DAVIS VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ISMAIL NAURDIEV DEF. SIYAR BAHADURZADA VIA UD (30-25, 30-25 30-26)

MAKHMUD MURADOV DEF. ALESSIO DI CHIRICO VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

JOHN PHILLIPS DEF. ALEN AMEDOVSKI VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 0:14

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

MAIN CARD 

NICHOLAS DALBY VS. ALEX OLIVEIRA

WINNER: NICHOLAS DALBY VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEX OLIVEIRA VIA UD

Andrews: Give Dalby credit. He took it to Oliveira and used the home crowd to his advantage. Well done.

MICHEL OLEKSIECZUK VS. OVINCE ST. PREUX

WINNER: OVINCE ST. PREUX VIA SUBMISSION (VON FLUE CHOKE) R2 2:14

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHEL OLEKSIECZUK VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! We saw one more vintage performance by OSP and not the aging Ovince St. Preux I was expecting.

ION CUTELABA VS. KHALIL ROUNTREE

WINNER: ION CUTELABA VIA TKO (PUNCHES AND ELBOWS) R1 2:35

Andrews: I expected Rountree to perform, but now he is on a major bubble.

GUNNAR NELSON VS. GILBERT BURNS

WINNER: GILBERT BURNS VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrews: Nelson once again underperforms just when you think he has it figured out. But let’s also give full props to Burns, who came in on short notice and moved up in weight.

MARK MADSEN VS. DANILO BELLUARDO 

WINNER: MARK MADSEN VIA TKO R1 1:12 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARK MADSEN VIA UD

Andrews: Madsen went in there like his car was double-parked.

MAIN EVENT

#5 JACK HERMANSSON VS. #9 JARED CANNONIER 

WINNER: JARED CANNONIER VIA TKO (PUNCHES AND ELBOWS) R2 0:29

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JACK HERMANSSON VIA UD

Andrews: Cannonier is the real deal. Hermansson had a good plan, but got beaten up with leg kicks and out countered too.

@kenaiandrews

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