FightPost MMA Fighters of the Week: Jack Shore & Jack Hermansson
By Dan McConnell
With three UFC Fight Island events in the books, and two more to follow this week, the world on mixed martial arts is back in full flow!
The double header kicked off this past Wednesday night. Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige headlined the first instalment of the week, in a featherweight top contender bout between two former FightPost MMA Fighters of week recipients.
While this past Saturday night Joseph Benavidez took on Deiveson Figueiredo in a rematch for the UFC’s vacant flyweight title.
On Wednesday night the fighter who impressed me the most was former Cage Warriors light-heavyweight champion Modestas Bukauskas, who beat fellow debuting Andreas Michailidis via elbows TKO victory. A somewhat bizarre ending that seen his opponent stunned, unable to respond to the referee and then falling backwards out of the cage door.
Also on the card former Ultimate Fighter winner Tim Elliott and opponent Ryan Benoit starred in the co-main event with a back and forth slug fest.
While on this Saturday’s fight night former KSW Women’s flyweight champ ‘the Violence Queen’ Ariane Lipski impressed. She continued her climb of the ranks with a nice kneebar submission victory over Luana Carolina.
Deiveson Figueiredo finally got his hands on the flyweight title, with a second successive victory over veteran Joseph Benavidez. The Brazilian submitted ‘Joe Jitsu’ with a tight rear-naked choke in the very first round!
However I thought for their incredible performances on both nights, a tail of two fighters who share the same christian name, who both held titles in Cage Warriors deserved to share this weeks award.
From his signing to the UFC in 2019, former Cage Warriors bantamweight champion Jack ‘Tank’ Shore has continued to show why he is one of the best talents to come out of the UK.
The Welshman added to his now 12-0 unbeaten record, and gained his second UFC victory and third rear-nake choke win in a row by beating Aaron Phillips inside two rounds.
The 25-year old kicked off a fun night of action and showed why he deserves a push from the UFC in the coming months.
Shore’s excellent grappling background has translated well into the UFC, and this was his 8th submission victory out of his 12 wins. ‘Tank’ is destined for greatness and has all the tools to become the UK’s next UFC champion if he continues on his upward trajectory.
The second Jack, who will gladly share this weeks award is Sweden’s Jack ‘The Joker’ Hermansson.
Hermansson was coming into this fight against former title challenger Kelvin Gastelum, on the back of a knockout loss to the dangerous Jared Cannonier in September 2018.
With four UFC victories in a row over Thales Leites, Gerald Meerschaert, David Branch and Jacaré Souza. Hermansson featured on the UFC’s debut in Denmark but suffered a shock knockout loss to Cannonier.
Taking time off to heel his body and mind, ‘The Joker’ returned to action this weekend and certainly showed why he is still one of the scariest 205-pounders in the world!
Hermansson submitted the experienced Gastelum with a very tight heel hook before the first round was out.
The 32-year old Swede got right back on the horse and impressively took advantage of his co-main event slot, and added another top name to his defeated list.
European mixed martial arts and the promotion Cage Warriors has continued to produce an excellent crop of fighters to the UFC. Jack Shore and Jack Hermansson both have proven this blueprint to be true.