UFC Copenhagen: The Winners & Losers
By Claudia Peterson
UFC on ESPN+ went down at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen Denmark on Saturday September 28th. Although the card featured some great European talent, it was the non-Europeans who took home the honours.
The fighter who had the most to gain tonight was Jared Cannonier (middleweight), who put on an impressive performance against Jack Hermansson with scored a second round TKO that earned him a Performance of the Night bonus. He is now 3-1 in his last four fights and is beginning to add notable names to his wins like Anderson Silva earlier this year and now Jack Hermansson. A couple more wins will certainly put him in title contention in a weight class wide open for new talent.
Gilbert Burns (welterweight) was another fighter who had the most to gain from his fight in Copenhagen. He was a late replacement against Gunnar Nelson, and was able to edge out a unanimous decision at the end of three rounds. He has won all three of his fights this year, and will be a force to reckon with at welterweight.
OSP (light heavyweight) who never ceases to impress when he is able to apply his famous Von Flue choke, also had the most to gain from his performance, which also earned him a Performance of the NIght bonus. The Von FLue choke should really be called the OSP choke due to the fact that he has no employed it more times that Von Flue himself.
Jack Hermansson (middleweight) was the fighter who had the most to lose form tonight fight card. Hermansson vs. Cannonier was the main fight on the card, and was supposed to be an opportunity for Hermansson to take advantage of fighting at home. An impressive win here would have placed him towards the very top of the division, but the empathic manner in which he lost will be a major setback in a potential title run.
Gunnar Nelson (welterweight) was another fighter who lost the most from his fight. Fighting close to home was supposed to give him the upperhand, especially against Gilbert Burns who was a last minute replacement and did not get to have a full fight camp. Nelson is now 3-2 in his last five fights.