Welcome fight enthusiasts to UFC LV47 Hermansson vs. Strickland. This week’s event will be back at the APEX for the scheduled 13 bouts. The main event and co-main event are both middleweight bouts featuring striker vs. grappler matchups to be held in the close confines of the smaller 25-foot APEX cage.
As a note: the APEX cage is 44% smaller than the octagon used in last week’s UFC 270. The smaller cage surely encourages more confrontation among athletes, especially larger ones. Finish rates for fighters 185 pounds and larger are 5% higher in the smaller octagon since the start of 2020.
Insight the Octagon releases for UFC 270 went 1-1 for a net loss of .35 units. Gane was a loser at -145 while the over 2.5 rounds got there for us + 110.
Year to date: 2-1 (+ 0.65 units).
Jack Hermansson (+ 190) vs. Sean Strickland (-220)
Middleweight (185 pounds) main event
This is going to be a fascinating bout because it pits a soft-spoken yet accomplished grappler/submission specialist with Muay Thai skill against a brazen kickboxing striker/brawler who uses volume striking and forward pressure while trash talking in his ambition to badger opponents.