UFC Fight Night Predictions – Jack Hermansson vs. Joe Pyfer: Fight card, start time, odds, live stream

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Joe Pyfer is probably the most hyped middleweight prospect not named Bo Nickal in the UFC. Pyfer is chasing a sixth stoppage win and Jack Hermansson’s spot in the official UFC middleweight rankings. Hermansson vs. Pyfer headlines Saturday’s UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

Hermansson (23-8) returns to the UFC Apex after the longest stretch of his time in the UFC. Hermansson has been absent since losing to Roman Dolidze in December 2022, partly due to an injury suffered while training Brendan Allen last year. “The Joker” was all smiles when he spoke to CBS Sports this week, but expressed frustration over delays and inconsistent performances over the past five years.

“I couldn’t train with the state my body was in,” Hermansson told CBS Sports. “After that, it was kind of a rehab period and slowly back to martial arts. In September, I felt ready to compete again and have been trying to get a fight ever since. it’s hard to be off because you don’t feel productive You feel like time is running out of you.

“It’s very difficult especially when you’re going up against the best guys in the world. A wrong decision can cost you the fight. There’s no room for that and I doing everything I can to do it without any mistakes.”

Check out the full interview with Jack Hermansson below.

Pyfer (12-2) shot out of a cannon in his second “Contender Series” appearance. He defeated UFC president Dana White by a second-round TKO and continued with three straight UFC finishes. Pyfer can punch his ticket to the top 15 at middleweight with a win over Hermansson (No. 11). Pyfer’s explosive power has earned him a 92% completion rate but fighting mentally and tactically is key in the long run.

“I have a lot of power. I think I could use a little more movement but sometimes I fall in love with wanting to hit people hard,” Pyfer told CBS Sports. “I’m still a growing athlete. I’m still maturing. I’m still getting smarter.”

Check out the full interview with Joe Pyfer below.

Saturday’s undercard lacks depth, but an interesting character will help support the main event. Entertaining featherweight fighters Dan Ige and Andre Fili are set to throw down in the co-main event. Middleweight sluggers are also set for the undercard when Gregory “Robocop” Rodrigues and Brad Tavares meet. And veteran Michael Johnson is set to return in lightweight competition and new promoter Darrius Flowers.

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Below is the rest of the fight card for Saturday with the latest odds before we get to the predictions and picks for the main event.

UFC Fight Night card, odds

Joe Pyfer -270 Jack Hermansson 220 Medium weight
Dan Ige – 180 Andrew Fili +152 Featherweight
Robert Bryczek – 160 Ihor Potieria +135 Medium weight
Gregory Rodrigues – 275 Brad Tavares +215 Medium weight
Michael Johnson – 140 Darrius Flowers +118 Light
Rodolfo Vieira – 115 Armen Petrosyan – 105 Medium weight

UFC Fight Night viewing information

Date: 10 February | Start time: 7pm ET (main card)
Location: UFC Apex – Las Vegas
TV channel: ESPN+

Prediction

Jack Hermansson vs. Joe Pyfer: Hermansson often finds himself looking back at hungry people. He has been mostly successful against fighters like Chris Curtis and Edmen Shahbazyan. Almost all of the losses were against fighters in the title range like Sean Strickland and Jared Cannonier. The recent case against Roman Dolidze, and what Dolidze did after that, is a cause for concern. Hermansson was a reliable tackle and drag threat throughout most of his career but has struggled to finish against top 15 opponents. His chin is solid but far from be bulletproof. Pyfer is facing his most experienced opponent to date but has some key competitive advantages. Pyfer has the power to stop Hermansson and the takedown defense to avoid Hermansson’s submission game. Hermansson is better than some give him credit for but he doesn’t have the tools to threaten Pyfer. Pyfer via KO2

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