UFC call for Hermansson
The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship middleweight title has officially been vacated by Jack “The Joker” Hermansson (13-2).
The reigning champion has relinquished the belt in order to take up an offer from the UFC, which triggered a release clause in his CWFC deal and sees the Oslo based fighter depart the promotion with an eight-fight win streak.
Hermansson is the latest in a long line of Cage Warriors athletes to receive the call up. Before he heads off, we caught up with the hulking Swede to get his thoughts on the last five years with CWFC.
“I have so many great memories with Cage Warriors. It has been truly amazing to travel the world with the Cage Warriors crew. I have to say that when I fought Enoc Solves Torres in Denmark and my family and friends were in the audience was a special moment for me. And of course when I won the belt against Norman Paraisy - that was awesome. All my fights in Jordan, the support I got there was stunning!”
Hailing from Sweden, 27-year-old Hermansson has a fan-friendly, gutsy, ‘leave-it-all-in-there’ style that will be missed. With fists and feet filled with power, Hermansson first delivered for CWFC back in April 2011 at CWFC 41.
“I remember I finished my first fight in the second round with a punch and head kick combo.”
He continued, “I have enjoyed every moment. Cage Warriors has been like a family for me and to travel and fight and coach with all these amazing people on all these amazing places has been a fantastic adventure for me.
“Ian Dean has a crazy good overview in the MMA world. He knows about everything, about everyone. As for Graham Boylan, when he talks people listen, simple as that…He gets things done.”
Hermansson also had a few words for the fans, “Thanks for all the support. Thank you for cheering for me and showing me all the love. The fans are the reason that this sport exists. I salute you!”
2014 was Hermansson’s breakout year where he clocked up four victories, three inside the distance. It was also the year of his first successful title challenge against the experienced Frenchman Norman Paraisy (15-4) and a title defence later that year against Bulgarian Deyan Topalski (15-3).
Success continued the following year but it’s in 2016 that Hermansson looks set to cement his place on the global stage of MMA. That first step to global recognition started in April at CWFC 75 in London when Hermansson again retained his coveted Cage Warriors middleweight title against Swedish based Brazilian, Alan Carlos (12-9). With a current 8-fight win streak, 3 of those bouts for the promotion’s middleweight title, hanging onto a talent like Hermansson was always going to be a challenge for CWFC.
“Jack leaves with our best wishes. He has been a fantastic ambassador for Cage Warriors and a great CWFC champion,” said Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan.
“This is the next logical step for him but it’s bitter sweet for us because Jack has treated us to some memorable performances but I look forward to watching him rise to the top again in the next stage of his career.”
Photo: Jack Hermansson (Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)
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