Jack Hermansson really wants Chris Weidman in Sweden after UFC on ESPN 2

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Jack Hermansson has been waiting more than two years for the opportunity he will receive on Saturday when he co-headlines UFC on ESPN 2.

After putting together four wins in five fights (all by stoppage), Hermansson (18-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) gets the prominent card placement for a matchup with former two-division WSOF champ David Branch(22-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC). He said he couldn’t be more pleased.

“My eyes has been on all the names that was on the rankings,” Hermansson told reporters, including MMA Junkie, ahead of UFC on ESPN 2. “I’m super happy with the opportunity with me for Dave and I’m super happy.”

UFC on ESPN 2 takes place at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The card airs on ESPN following early prelims on ESPN+.

Hermansson’s only loss in his past five fights came against Thiago “Marreta” Santos, who has since moved up to light heavyweight and is set to challenge champion Jon Jones in July’s UFC 239 headliner. “The Joker” said there’s nothing he would change about the fight, because it forced a change in mindset that’s resulted in more wins.

If he can keep the momentum going against Branch, he will likely go into next week with a ranking beside his name at 185 pounds. He’s trying to stay focused on the task at hand, but the Swede admits he’s having a difficult time ignoring the UFC is hosting an event in his native Stockholm on June 1.

“It’s really hard not to think about the Sweden card,” Hermansson said. “But my eyes are on this fight. If I’m injury-free after this one I will push for a fight in Sweden for sure.”

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