Jack Hermansson does not feel Israel Adesanya could cope up with him on the ground. While both Adesanya and Dana White agreed that middleweight power-puncher Jared Cannonier is next in line, if “Killa Gorilla” could beat former champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 254. However, Hermansson feels otherwise. He feels that Adesanya would want to fight someone as dominant as him.
Hermansson, who has submitted the likes of Gerald Meerschaert, David Branch and Kelvin Gastelum, doubts the champion would want to fight Cannonier in the octagon. While speaking to Submission Radio, Hermansson spoke about his potential match-up with Adesanya at least before Cannonier.
Jack Hermansson vs Israel Adesanya
“He doesn’t want to that at all. I’m sure he wants to fight me, but I’m one hundred percent sure that he doesn’t want to fight me on the ground,” Hermansson told Submission Radio.
Hermansson has won five of his past six and is hoping to cement himself as the next title contender when he faces Darren Till in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card on Dec. 5. Having won 21 fights in his professional MMA career, Hermansson is known to be one of the most dominant grapplers.
Having said that, Adesanya acknowledged Hermansson’s ground game, saying he’d love to put his grappling to the test against The Joker.
Hermansson lastly added, “Not a chance. He is the superior striker and I am the superior grappler. But at the same time, I feel like I have the wrestling at my side, I have the ground and pound on my side. And I believe it’s easier to create opportunities in the striking than it is in the grappling. So, overall, I see myself as the better fighter.”