UFC London: Jack Hermansson defeated Chris Curtis.
Jack Hermansson defeated Chris Curtis via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 30–27), at UFC London on Saturday, July 23, 2022, live from the 02 Arena in London, England.
“He was taunting me and I had too much adrenaline and something jumped out of my mouth that shouldn’t have. I’m sorry Chris… Yeah, it’s going to be a little scary to take a third fight against (Darren Till) him but third is the charm,” said Hermansson, who asked to get on the Sweden card later this year and pleaded for Norway to legalize mixed-martial arts.
Hermansson opened with a strong kick to Curtis’ quad. The two fighters stood in the middle but were very cautious committing to any big strikes. Hermansson landed a knee to the body. Curtis maintained the middle of the Octagon but struggled to land many strikes. Hermansson preferred to operate on the outside, moving in and out of distance. Hermansson found some success with low outside leg kicks. With just over a minute left, Hermansson went for a single leg takedown but Curtis was able to defend it. Curtis came forward and landed against the cage.
Curtis opened with a combination but Hermansson fired right back. Hermansson continued to utilize kicks landing low leg kicks and body kicks. The two fighters traded combinations as the action started to pick up. Curtis had little answers for the kicks as Hermansson landed another trio of kicks. Hermansson came forward and unleashed a powerful combination. Curtis stumbled back into the fence. Hermansson landed a handful of powerful elbows. Curtis looked to be in serious trouble but was able to block enough strikes and escape. Hermansson landed another knee and followed up with a straight right hand. Curtis was getting very frustrated that the fight was not the style he was hoping for. Curtis was failing to cut off Hermansson’s movement, allowing him to roll out of danger areas.
Hermansson opened the third round with more kicks. Hermansson landed a leg kick, hand a head kick blocked, and landed a body kick. Curtis landed a shot that slipped up Hermansson, who was able to reset. Curtis and Hermansson traded jabs. Hermansson continued to roll on the outside. Curtis showed no ability to cut off the Octagon. Curtis blocked a takedown. On the break, Hermansson landed a kick to the groin that lead to a brief stoppage. Curtis clearly frustrated turned slightly and walked back, daring Hermansson to come forward. Hermansson landed a side kick to the knee. The two trade punches as Curtis started to land some of his best punches of the fight. Hermansson landed a kick and got out of trouble. With 30 seconds remaining, Hermansson backpedaled away from the fight, killing the clock. After the horn, something was said between the two fighters which forced the referee and the corners to keep both fighters away from each other.
Hermansson was initially scheduled to fight Darren Till. It was the second time that Till was forced out of a fight against Hermansson. The pair were initially scheduled to fight on Dec. 5, 2020. Hermansson entered the fight as the seventh-ranked middleweight after losing three of his previous five fights. Curtis entered the fight on an eight-fight winning streak, including three straight inside of the UFC Octagon. In his last fight, Curtis defeated Rodolfo Vieira.