MMA Preview – Jack Hermansson vs Joe Pyfer at UFC Fight Night 236
JACK HERMANSSON VS JOE PYFER FACTS
When is UFC Fight Night 236? Saturday 10th February, 2024 - 22:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC Fight Night 236? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Las Vegas (US)
Where can I get tickets for UFC Fight Night 236? Click here to buy tickets for UFC Fight Night
What channel is UFC Fight Night 236 on? TNT Sports 2
Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 236? TNT Sports subscribers can stream the fight online via the TNT Sports website and Discovery+
For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!
JACK HERMANSSON VS JOE PYFER LOWDOWN
Jack Hermansson (23-8) was on the cusp of a title fight back in 2019 before Jared Cannonier snapped a four-fight win streak. Since then, he has fought six times alternating wins and losses. He earnt solid dubs over Kelvin Gastelum (2020), Edmen Shahbazyan (2021) and Chris Curtis (2022) but succumbed to Marvin Vettori (2020), Sean Strickland (2022) and Roman Dolidze (2022).
Joe Pyfer (12-2) is building some serious momentum. Besides that grim elbow injury, he suffered on the Contender Series when Dustin Stolzfus (2020) awkwardly slammed him, he has been a wrecking machine. Since that TKO, he has gone on to rack up four knockouts including Alen Amedovski (2022) and Gerald Meerschaert (2023). Now, he is coming off his most impressive win submitting Abdul Razak Alhassan back in October.
JACK HERMANSSON VS JOE PYFER PREDICTION
Hermansson has been out for 14 months and racked up a lot of miles on the clock whereas Pyfer has been active and only just beginning to approach his prime. He has legitimate knockout power, and we can expect Hermansson to avoid the threat by sticking to his wrestling.
Pyfer’s last fight will be a warning to Hermansson. Alhassan has exceptional judo, but Pyfer took him down three times and choked him out with an arm triangle. He is clearly more than a knockout artist and Hermansson will have to call upon his experience and be as unorthodox and unpredictable as ever.
He needs to throw from awkward angles and mix in takedowns hoping he can earn some control time. We can also see him lure Pyfer in for a takedown and pounce on a guillotine.
However, he will need to avoid any mistakes for five rounds. Pyfer has solid cardio and will still be a threat if it goes into the championship rounds. Hermansson is worth a punt as the hefty underdog with a decision or submission most likely, but we expect Pyfer’s power to be the difference.
Prediction: Pyfer via KO/TKO
Value Bet: Hermansson to win