Jack Hermansson explains 'realistic' callouts after dominant win at UFC Milwaukee


MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Jack Hermansson believes he is championship caliber in the UFC’s middleweight division. He knows he’s unlikely to be fast tracked to the belt, though, and is willing to put his time in to get there.

Hermansson (18-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) put on arguably the finest performance of his UFC career on Saturday when he dominated Gerald Meerschaert (28-10 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in every way en route to a first-round submission victory at UFC on FOX 31. Afterward, he called out Elias Theodorou and Brad Tavares for his next fight.

Although he could have asked for someone higher ranked, Hermansson said he wasn’t going for a fish he couldn’t catch. He asked for Theodorou (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) or Tavares (17-5 MMA, 12-5 UFC), which are fights he truly believes he can get.

“Those are the guys who are ranked,” Hermansson told reporters, including MMAjunkie, post-fight at UFC on FOX 31. “They are good fighters with good records. Well respect and still, I think they are in my reach. I can call out the champ, but I know it’s not realistic that I’m going to get that fight. I think these are two realistic guys I can face.”

UFC on FOX 31 took place at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wis. Hermansson vs. Meerschaert aired on the FS1-televised prelims following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and prior to the FOX-televised main card.

Hermansson grounded Meerschaert early in the first round of the middleweight bout. From there, he overwhelmed his opponent with strikes. Meerschaert eventually opened himself up for a submission, and that’s when Hermansson locked on to the guillotine choke that finished the fight. Hermansson said he knew he’d win, but not the way he did.

“I knew that he was a strong grappler, so I expected that he was supposed to be super, super tough,” Hermansson said. “I thought I was going to win by strikes, but I’m always improving.”

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