As per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the UFC is working on finalizing a bout between Chris Weidman and Jack Hermansson. The matchup is looking to be the headliner for UFC Oklahoma City on May 2. This news has some people scratching their heads. Does this fight really have the caliber to be the main event?
Jack “The Joker” Hermansson (20-5) had four straight victories under his belt until he lost to Jared Cannonier at UFC Copenhagen last September. The Swede’s record is 7-3 in the UFC and he holds victories over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, David Branch, and Gerald Meerschaert. Hermansson currently sits at No. 6 on the UFC middleweight rankings.
Chris Weidman (14-5) was unsuccessful in his last fight against Dominick Reyes in the light heavyweight division last October. “The All American” didn’t make it past the first round when he fought Reyes at UFC Boston. Reyes dominated Weidman and knocked out the former middleweight champion with punches.
Weidman’s most recent win came against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on Fox 25 dating all the way back to July 2017. Prior to that win, the 36-year-old suffered losses to Gegard Mousasi, Yoel Romero, and Luke Rockhold all via knockout or TKO.
We have yet to hear the official announcement confirming the match, but it appears close to fruition. Will this match make sense to the fans when it is announced as the main event? In my view, it doesn’t seem to have the draw to rank as such.
Only two other fights are on the card as of right now. Those being a bantamweight bout between Sarah Alpar and Vanessa Melo. The other being an important strawweight tilt pitting Claudia Gadelha vs. Marina Rodriguez.