December 02, 2022 12:41 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Jack Hermansson vs Roman Dolidze at UFC Orlando

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When is UFC on ESPN 42? Sunday 4th December, 2022 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN 42? Amway Center, Orlando, Florida (US)

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What channel is UFC on ESPN 42 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 42? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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 (23-7) has been a mixed bag in his last six going 3-3 which is a symptom of fighting top contenders. After getting TKO’d by Jared Cannonier (2019)], he submitted Kelvin Gastelum (2020). He then got outpointed by Marvin Vettori (2020) and responded with his own unanimous decision over Edmen Shahbazyan (2021). He then lost a split decision to Sean Strickland (2022) and bounced back again with a unanimous decision over Chris Curtis back in July.

He was preparing for Derek Brunson, but an injury has opened the door for Roman Dolidze (11-1). The Georgian steps up full of confidence coming off two ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses. His unanimous decision loss to Trevin Giles (2021) clearly lit a fire in his belly as he has gone on to outpoint Laureano Staropoli (2021) and starch Kyle Daukaus and Phil Hawes this year.


This is the second time in a row Hermansson’s opponent has changed shortly before the date and it has turned out to be another fascinating match-up. Dolidze is the more powerful and technical striker so expect to see Hermansson’s wrestling on show again.

That was his strategy against Curtis which he apologized for, but he had nothing to be sorry about as it was the perfect strategy. It will be more of a risk here as Dolidze is a beast of a grappler and will hunt the neck. Hermansson also needs to check on one of the last people to shoot in on the Georgian as he knee’d Daukaus to Saturn.

This is going to be exciting wherever the fight goes. Hermansson can cause issues on the feet with his unorthodox striking and he can drain the gas tank on Dolidze by making him defend the takedowns. However, the Georgian is an absolute gun with a crippling body kick and dangerous hands which can easily end the fight in the first round.

If Hermansson gets him on his back, he will also back himself to wrap up a submission. That said, Hermansson is a beast on the ground and he will have the confidence of controlling the fight and even cinching up his ‘Jokertine’.

However, the real key here is Hermansson’s cardio. If he can avoid the power kicks, defend his jaw and not leave any limbs out there on the canvas for the first round, he will get stronger and stronger as Dolidze begins to wilt.

Dolidze also has not had much time to prepare so expect him to be extremely dangerous in the first round, but after that Hermansson could run away with it.

Prediction: Hermansson via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Value Bet: Dolidze via KO/TKO

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