2014: The year of Jack Hermansson
By JJ SADDINGTON
2014 has already been a busy year for rising Swede, Jack Hermansson (7-2). Two fights in less than a month have propelled the hulking middleweight to the upper echelons of the CWFC middleweight division. Hermansson is looking to continue his winning momentum and make 2014 a breakout year.
“Taking the belt will give me recognition,” he explains. “People will know my name.”
The vacant CWFC middleweight world title is up for grabs at Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, as Hermansson takes on Frenchman Norman Paraisy (14-3-2-1), in one of the night’s two main events taking place at London’s Kentish Town Forum.
Originally hailing from Sweden, and now residing in Oslo, Norway, Hermansson counts among his friends noted European MMA pioneer and “living legend of the sport”, Joachim ‘Hellboy’ Hansen: “He (Hansen) went out there when the sport was new. Almost nobody in Norway knew what it was.”
Hermansson’s fan-friendly, kill-or-be-killed fighting style has made him a hit with with the CWFC audience, a style that can likely be explained by his initial exposure to MMA and explosive Brazilian, Wanderlei Silva: “Watching Wanderlei fight in Pride, I knew right away that this was something I was going to do.”
“After six months of training, my coach asked if I wanted to compete. I fought my first amateur bout and won, and I just continued to learn and compete.”
Returning to the scene of his devastating demolition of Ali Arish, back at CWFC 41 in 2011, Hermansson is planning on going one better this time in arguably the biggest fight of his career to date: “I cant wait to get back into that arena and put on an even greater fight and finish than last time. I feel lucky to be a part of this fight card.”
A “hard worker and a winner”, when the 25-year-old isn’t busy working in a pet shop, he’s dedicating his entire day to MMA, a tireless work ethic that translates into his gutsy, leave-it-all-in-the-cage performances and his recent back-and-forth wars with both Enoc Solves Torres and Ion Pascu.
It’s this recent cumulative cage time - and the enduring battles - that Hermansson thinks will give him the edge come June 7: “My two latest fights have given me a lot of time in the cage. I think that will make me more comfortable when we fight for five rounds.”
“You can expect a high-paced fight. I’m not the one who’ll be getting tired.”
Though clearly confident in his ability to push the pace and outlast his opponent, Hermansson is very much aware of the challenges facing him: “I have seen him (Paraisy) fight a couple of times and he’s a strong fighter. He is pretty much an all-rounder. I think his biggest weapon is his experience.”
Those attending or watching at home should be in doubt as to what to expect at Super Saturday: “The plan is that I will take this belt and continue my winning streak,” he adds. “It will be epic.”
“When I have Norman in deep waters I will finish him.”
Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday takes place at the Kentish Town Forum in London, England, on Saturday, June 7. Click HERE for more information.
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