Jack Hermansson enters the title picture with impressive win over ‘Jacare’ Souza

Jack Hermansson wins decision over Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza

Jack Hermansson took a risk in accepting a fight with the dangerous Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza on short notice.

On Saturday night in Sunrise, Florida, that risk paid off handsomely.

Hermansson took the fight on short notice after Yoel Romero pulled out of his contest with Jacare with injury.

In the UFC Fight Night 150 main event, Hermansson out-struck and even out-grappled the decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, ultimately outpointing him in a unanimous decision victory over five rounds.

Hermansson’s punching looked on point, lighting up Jacare with combinations and hurting the Brazilian.

But Souza had some success of his own, hurting the Norway-based Swede with some brutal body shots and some up top in the third stanza.

Largely having Jacare’s number on the feet, Hermansson also showed some impressive grappling.

Unperturbed by his opponent’s serious submission skills, Hermansson scored multiple takedowns on Souza and even snatched a guillotine at one point.

Hermansson was awarded a unanimous decision victory by the judges sat cageside with 49-46, 48-47, 48-47 scores awarded in his favour.

 

Greg Hardy gets first UFC win, TKO’s Dmitry Smoliakov in the first round

Former NFL player Greg Hardy won his first UFC contest on Saturday night, earning a stoppage win over Russian heavyweight Dmitry Smoliakov in the first round.

Hardy appeared intent on striking with Smoliakov. But that seemed the furthest thing from what Smoliakov wanted to do.

When Smoliakov wasn’t retreating, he tried to take Hardy down to the floor. Hardy showed off some adept takedown defence, easily shrugging off his opponent’s attempt.

Once Smoliakov missed the takedown, it was a procession as Hardy marched down his opponent against the cage and unloaded punches.

It was a right uppercut which sent Smoliakov down and Hardy followed up with some ground and pound to force referee Keith Peterson to call the fight off.

 

UFC Fight Night 150: Jack Hermansson vs. Jacare Souza full results

Middleweight: Jack Hermansson defeated Ronaldo Souza by unanimous decision after five rounds
Heavyweight: Greg Hardy defeated Dmitri Smoliakov by TKO (punches) at 2:15 of round one
Welterweight: Mike Perry defeated Alex Oliveira by unanimous decision after three rounds
Light Heavyweight: Glover Teixeira defeated Ion Cutelaba by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:37 of round two
Bantamweight: Cory Sandhagen defeated John Lineker by split decision after three rounds
Lightweight: Roosevelt Roberts defeated Thomas Gifford by unanimous decision after three rounds
Welterweight: Takashi Sato defeated Ben Saunders by TKO (elbows and punches) at 1:18 of round two
Heavyweight: Augusto Sakai defeated Andrei Arlovski by split decision after three rounds
Women’s Strawweight: Carla Esparza defeated Virna Jandiroba by unanimous decision after three rounds
Lightweight: Gilbert Burns defeated Mike Davis by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:15 of round two
Lightweight: Jim Miller defeated Jason Gonzalez by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:12 of round one
Women’s Strawweight: Angela Hill defeated Jodie Esquibel by unanimous decision after three rounds
Welterweight: Dhiego Lima defeated Court McGee by split decision after three rounds