Despite taking the fight on short-notice and facing the toughest task of his career in the process, Jack Hermansson stepped up to the plate to defeat perennial middleweight contender Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza via unanimous decision.
Outstriking the Brazilian 148 to 90, Hermansson also scored three takedowns on the talent grappler and attempted the only submission of the bout.
‘The Joker’ will now most likely solidify his position in the UFC’s top 5 at 185 lbs and potentially set up a title eliminator later this year.
Elsewhere at UFC Fight Night 150, the likes of Glover Teixeira and Mike Perry scored big wins over talent opposition while Cory Sandhagen continued his rise in the bantamweight division as he defeated the heavy hitting John Lineker via a split-decision.
With the UFC now gearing up for a big lightweight main event this weekend between Al Iaquinta and Donald Cerrone, here are five fights that the UFC should be making with winners from Saturday night:
Jack Hermansson vs. Paulo Costa
Since losing to now light heavyweight contender Thiago Santos in 2017, Jack Hermansson has rattled off four consecutive wins in the middleweight division with his latest two coming against former world champions.
With back-to-back wins over former WSOF champion David Branch and former Strikeforce champion ‘Jacare’ Souza, Hermansson has taken just 28 days to put himself into UFC title contention.
With Paulo Costa now eligible for competition after a brief suspension, a match-up between the two would put the winner in line for a title shot.
Mike Perry vs. Niko Price
Putting in arguably the best performance of his UFC career thus far, Mike Perry’s power helped him to earn a unanimous decision win over Alex Oliveira.
Perry now has two wins out of his last three and with fellow heavy hitter Niko Price in a similar situation, a bout between the two would guarantee fireworks.
Glover Teixeira vs. Nikita Krylov
After battling back from some early adversity and strong takedown defence by Ion Cutelaba, Glover Teixeira finally grounded his foe in the second-round and swiftly found a rear-naked choke.
With Teixeira’s latest submission win, the Brazilian is now tied with Jon Jones for the most submission wins in the division’s history (5).
Following Teixeira’s win, the ageing Brazilian should stay in his gatekeeper role for the time being and take on Nikita Krylov later this year.
Cory Sandhagen vs. Rob Font
Cory Sandhagen vs. John Lineker promised excitement and it duly delivered before the younger man emerged victorious via split decision.
Sandhagen is now 4-0 in the UFC with the biggest win of his career under his belt, the lanky bantamweight will have some big fights coming his way.
As for what’s next for Sandhagen, a fight with fellow sharp striker Rob Font would make for a fun fight for the fans.
Takashi Sato vs. Max Griffin
Making his promotional debut against veteran Ben Saunders, Takashi Sato scored his 10th career KO/TKO in just his 15th career win.
Sato will now be a name to look out for in a deep welterweight division and there are a plethora of entertaining and intriguing options for his next outing.
With Max Griffin coming off of a win against Zelim Imadaev at UFC 236, a match-up between the two would help the winner set themselves apart.