Sean Strickland (right) is favored in the Hermansson (left) vs Strickland odds.

Hermansson vs Strickland Odds & Prediction: Top-10 Middleweights Battle

For the first time since late October, the middleweight division will be in the main event spot of a card as Jack Hermansson takes on Sean Strickland in the upcoming UFC Fight Night. Currently, Hermansson is the higher-ranked fighter at sixth and Strickland is seventh.

UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland is taking place on February 5 at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the prelims beginning at 4 p.m. ET. When it comes to Hermansson vs Strickland odds, it is the lower-ranked Strickland who is the betting favorite.

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Hermansson vs Strickland Notes

Since moving back up to middleweight on Halloween 2020, Strickland has been on a tear with four straight victories and in fact, in his pro career, he is undefeated at this weight class.

Hermansson has stumbled a bit since his four-fight winning streak, going 2-2 over his last four trips to the Octagon. That said, he’s coming off a strong decision win over prospect Edmen Shahbazyan last May.

Hermansson vs Strickland Odds

Online sportsbook Sportsbook has listed the Hermansson vs Strickland betting odds with Sean set as the -210 chalk and Jack the +175 underdog. This means that if you’re looking to make $100 with a Strickland win, you must place a $210 wager, while a $100 bet on Hermansson would pay out $175.

If you’re wondering what the odds mean as far as chances to win, our sports betting calculator can help. There, you will see that Strickland’s odds translate to an implied win probability of 67.74 percent and Hermansson’s line represents an implied win probability of 36.36 percent.

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If you’re looking to take a shot at the biggest underdog in the UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland odds, you will be placing a bet on Danilo Marques (+320), who would net you $320 on a $100 bet – his opponent, Jailton Almeida, is favored at -420.

The fight with the shortest odds is Chidi Njokuani (+100) vs Marc-Andre Barriault (-115).

Hermansson vs Strickland Betting Odds & Fight Card

Hermansson vs Strickland Betting Lines And Fight Card
  • Main Card
  • Middleweight – Jack Hermansson (+175) vs Sean Strickland (-210)
  • Middleweight – Punahele Soriano (-185) vs Nick Maximov (+155)
  • Welterweight – Shavkat Rakhmonov (-240) vs Carlston Harris (+195)
  • Middleweight – Sam Alvey (+310) vs Brendan Allen (-415)
  • Middleweight – Tresean Gore (-150) vs Bryan Battle (+125)
  • Featherweight – Julian Erosa (-300) vs Steven Peterson (+240)
  • Prelims
  • Bantamweight – Miles Johns (-190) vs John Castaneda (+160)
  • Featherweight – Hakeem Dawodu (-165) vs Mike Trizano (+140)
  • Middleweight – Chidi Njokuani (+100) vs Marc-Andre Barriault (-115)
  • Welterweight – Jason Witt (+105) vs Philip Rowe (-125)
  • Women’s Bantamweight – Alexis Davis (-235) vs Julija Soliarenko (+195)
  • Light Heavyweight – Jailton Almeida (-420) vs Danilo Marques (+320)
  • Flyweight – Malcolm Gordon (+220) vs Denys Bonda (-275)

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UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland Broadcast Information
  • Date/Time: February 5, 4 p.m. ET
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Arena: UFC Apex
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+

Jack Hermansson vs Sean Strickland Odds & Prediction

Jack Hermansson vs Sean strickland Betting Odds
Jack Hermansson+175
Sean Strickland-210

Sean “Tarzan” Strickland (-210) looks to inch closer to a title shot with this main event appearance and his ongoing five-fight winning streak. Meanwhile, Jack “The Joker” Hermansson (+175) looks for consecutive wins for the first time in over two years, coming off a decision victory last May.

Hermansson: Need to Knows
  • Hermansson had a great start to his UFC career, winning seven of his first nine, but he is 2-2 in his last four. He holds a 22-6 record with 17 stoppage victories (11 knockouts, six submissions) while four of his defeats have been finishes (two knockouts, two submissions).
  • The Joker is primarily a grappler, averaging 2.09 takedowns per 15 minutes, and he has a nasty guillotine choke nicknamed the Jokertine.
  • He is an aggressive fighter, often taking the center of the cage and holding it. On the feet, he has decent kicks and a stiff jab, but when facing combinations he will stick in the pocket and cover up without throwing back, which is an area of weakness.
  • Hermansson most definitely does his best work when he’s moving forward. If he gets backed up, he looks a little lost at times.
  • Hermansson’s last three fights were Kelvin Gastelum (win – submission), Marvin Vettori (loss – unanimous decision) and Edmen Shahbazyan (win – unanimous decision).
Strickland: Need to Knows
  • Strickland has burst onto the scene over the last 16 months or so, winning four fights in a row, talking trash and looking unstoppable. His record stands at 24-3 but in the middleweight division, he’s a perfect 19-0. Among his wins, 10 have been knockouts and he’s been knocked out once.
  • Tarzan is known primarily for his striking and high tempo, though he secured four takedowns in his last fight against Uriah Hall, the most he’s landed over his 14-fight UFC career. Overall, he mixes in 1.32 takedowns per 15 minutes while stuffing 82 percent of takedowns against.
  • He has an odd stance, almost like the Philly shell that Floyd Mayweather popularized. Strickland is always walking forward and snapping his jab out and if he connects with the jab, his more powerful right hand comes right behind it.
  • In addition to his well-rounded skill set, Strickland has a great fight IQ, finding an area that he can capitalize on and going to the well over and over again. He also has solid conditioning, which allows him to keep a high pace for the duration of a bout.
  • Strickland’s last three fights were Brendan Allen (win – knockout), Krzysztof Jotko (win – unanimous decision) and Uriah Hall (win – unanimous decision).

Prediction: Sean Strickland (-210) via decision

Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov Odds & Prediction

Punahele Soriano vs Nick Maximov Betting Odds
Punahele Soriano-185
Nick Maximov+155

A pair of rising middleweight prospects will be featured in the co-main event. Punahele “Puna” Soriano (-185) is coming off his first pro defeat, losing a decision last July. On the other side, Nick Maximov (+155) made good on his UFC debut last September to keep his undefeated record intact.

Soriano: Need to Knows
  • As mentioned, Soriano was undefeated heading into his last bout, including two first-round finishes in the UFC. Overall, he is 8-1 with seven stoppage victories, all coming in the first round, including five knockouts and two submissions.
  • Puna earned his UFC contract with a decision win in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2019. The southpaw ran through his first two opponents in the Octagon, earning two knockdowns in each bout, while outstriking them by a combined 56-30.
  • Soriano also mixes in 1.58 takedowns per 15 minutes, securing three in his DWTNCS appearance. He’s quite fast, has good kicks and is really aggressive when he backs his opponents up. I like that he will stay in the pocket when his opponent throws and counter immediately.
  • Soriano’s last three fights were Oskar Piechota (win – knockout), Dusko Todorovic (win – knockout) and Brendan Allen (loss – unanimous decision).
Maximov: Need to Knows
  • Also a Dana White Contender Series alum, Maximov earned a contract there and won his debut in the UFC both in the same manner – unanimous decisions. He carries a 7-0 record with two knockout wins and three submissions.
  • This southpaw was outstruck in his UFC debut against Cody Brundage, absorbing 28 significant strikes while landing 14, but his four takedowns sealed the deal for the victory. He is very fast and primarily a counter-striker on the feet.
  • Maximov almost solely looks to counter or to shoot for takedowns. His strikes, while fast, lack a lot of power and seem like they are thrown merely to keep his opponent off balance before grappling. He struggles to secure takedowns in the middle of the cage but against the wall he’s quite successful.
  • Maximov’s last three fights were Johnny James Jr. (win – submission), Oscar Cota (win – unanimous decision) and Cody Brundage (win – unanimous decision).

Prediction: Punahele Soriano (-185) via decision

Shavkat Rakhmonov vs Carlston Harris Odds & Prediction

Shavkat Rakhmonov vs Carlston Harris Betting Odds
Shavkat Rakhmonov-240
Carlston Harris+195

Following back-to-back submission victories to start his UFC career, Shavkat “Nomad” Rakhmonov (-240) looks for a third straight win in the Octagon and his 15th in a row overall. Similarly, Carlston “Mocambique” Harris (+195) also scored finishes in his first two UFC bouts and hopes to extend his five-fight winning streak.  

Rakhmonov: Need to Knows
  • Not only has Rakhmonov won 14 straight fights, he doesn’t possess a loss either. His record stands at 14-0 with seven knockouts and seven submissions.
  • The Kazakhstan native has been virtually untouchable in his first two UFC bouts, landing 34 significant strikes and absorbing 15, with one of those fights coming against UFC veteran Alex Oliveira.
  • Nomad is a big welterweight, standing six-foot-one with a 77-inch reach, though his opponent is similar in stature. He is patient and calm in the Octagon but has a snappy jab and powerful kicks. His best weapon, though, is his grappling.
  • Rakhmonov’s last three fights were Tiago Varejao Lacerda (win – knockout), Alex Oliveira (win – submission) and Michel Prazeres (win – submission).
Harris: Need to Knows
  • In Harris’ ongoing five-fight winning streak, each win has been a stoppage with only one reaching the midway point of the bout’s duration. He holds a 17-4 record with 10 stoppage wins (five knockouts, five submissions) while his lone stoppage loss was a knockout.
  • The Guyana native is slightly smaller than Rakhmonov, standing one inch shorter and giving up one inch in reach. He’s run through his first two UFC foes, outstriking them 29-7 in a pair of first-round stoppages.
  • Mocambique counters heavily with fast hands and big power after his opponent throws a strike. At distance, he can be a little wild, throwing somewhat sloppy overhand strikes and stumbling forward looking to get into a grappling exchange.
  • Harris’ last three fights were Saygid Izagakhmaev (win – submission), Christian Aguilera (win – submission) and Impa Kasanganay (win – knockout).

Prediction: Shavkat Rakhmonov (-140) via submission

Sam Alvey vs Brendan Allen Odds & Prediction

Sam Alvey vs Brendan Allen Betting Odds
Sam Alvey+310
Brendan Allen-415

Winless in his last seven trips to the Octagon, “Smile’N” Sam Alvey (+310) hopes to turn around his fortunes in 2022. Also coming off a loss in his last outing is Brendan “All-in” Allen (-415). That defeat ended a brief two-fight winning streak.

Alvey: Need to Knows
  • While Alvey hasn’t secured a win since June 2018, three of his last four bouts were split decisions. He is now 33-16-1 with one no contest. Among his wins, 19 are knockouts, while only five of his defeats are finishes (three knockouts, two submissions).
  • It’s evident in his record that Smile’N has true knockout power. However, he relies solely on that approach. He stands flat-footed with his left hand cocked and ready to go, but doesn’t set up his shots, mix in takedown attempts or throw combinations.
  • More recently, we’ve seen Alvey getting taken down, something that has occurred five times in the last five fights after only happening three times in the previous six. Also, he’s landed more than 60 significant strikes just once in his last 13 fights even though nine of those went the distance.
  • Alvey’s last three fights were Da-Un Jung (split draw), Julian Marquez (loss – submission) and Wellington Turman (loss – split decision).
Allen: Need to Knows
  • Allen has had a good run in the UFC since winning a contract in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2019, going 5-2 in the Octagon. Overall, he’s 17-5 with 14 stoppage wins (five knockouts, nine submissions), while three of his defeats have been stoppages (two knockouts, one submission).
  • All-in is quite good on the ground, evident in the nine submissions on his record, but he doesn’t always search for takedowns, mixing in just 1.15 takedowns per 15 minutes and making good on just 50 percent of his attempts.
  • Recently, he’s getting more comfortable on his feet, going three hard rounds on the feet with Punahele Soriano and outstriking him 94-66. Notably, he has good, fast kicks while also using spinning attacks. He’s quite gritty as well, willing to battle for the duration of the bout.  
  • Allen’s last three fights were Karl Roberson (win – submission), Punahele Soriano (win – unanimous decision) and Chris Curtis (loss – knockout).

Prediction: Brendan Allen (-415) via decision

Tresean Gore vs Bryan Battle Odds & Prediction

Tresean Gore vs Bryan Battle Betting Odds
Tresean Gore-150
Bryan Battle+125

This was supposed to be The Ultimate Fighter Season 29 finale in the middleweight division but Tresean “Mr. Vicious” Gore (-150) had to pull out of the fight due to injury. As a result, Bryan “Pooh Bear” Battle (+125) faced Gilbert Urbina in the finals and scored a submission win. Also, this may be the battle for best last name in the UFC: Gore vs Battle.

Gore: Need to Knows
  • While his record is brief at 3-0 with a knockout, a submission and a decision victory, he also went 2-0 in The Ultimate Fighter with a decision and a knockout win.
  • Mr. Vicious is an aggressive fighter, taking the center of the cage and then slowly backing his opponents down. He moves well in and out of danger as he sizes up his counterpart. Gore is great at retreating and not absorbing a lot of damage.
  • One of his best weapons when his foes rush in on him is his check hook. He dropped Gilbert Urbina in the first round of the Ultimate Fighter 29 semifinal and knocked him out in the second with the same strike. At times, he can be a little too patient, absorbing shots and not firing back.
  • Gore’s last three fights were Prince Ellerbe (win – split decision), L.J. Jones (win – knockout) and Christian Echols (win – submission).
Battle: Need to Knows
  • Battle was the last selection in the Ultimate Fighter 29 roster for the middleweights and went on to win the tournament, like UFC contender Kelvin Gastelum. He is 6-1 with five stoppage victories (one knockout, four submissions) while his lone defeat was a submission.
  • Pooh Bear began his career at heavyweight and has dropped down to middleweight. He consistently moves forward and is willing to exchange hands in the pocket, relying on his solid chin and conditioning.
  • He has crisp combinations if he has room to work and also has really nice kicks in the same range. Although most of his wins have come by submission, he doesn’t search for takedowns that often, rather wearing his foes out with cage work and gritty fighting, then submitting when they are tired.
  • Battle’s last three fights were Josh Krizan (win – knockout), Ben Fowler (win – submission) and Gilbert Urbina (win – submission).

Prediction: Bryan Battle (+125) via decision

Julian Erosa vs Steven Peterson Odds & Prediction

Julian Erosa vs Steven Peterson Betting Odds
Julian Erosa-300
Steven Peterson+240

Following a nearly two-year layoff, Steven “Ocho” Peterson (+240) returned to the Octagon in June 2021, picking up a decision win over Chase Hooper. Julian “Juicy J” Erosa (-300) has been much more active, fighting three times in 2021, going 2-1 with a submission win in his last outing.

Erosa: Need to Knows
  • Erosa was cut from the UFC after going 0-3 in 2018-19. Since then, he’s 4-1 with three wins coming back in the Octagon. His record stands at 26-9 with 23 wins by way of finish (11 knockouts, 12 submissions) while his five stoppage losses were all knockouts.
  • Juicy J has outstanding conditioning and is always game for a brawl. He has good kicks at long range and is very fast with his punches when in boxing range. He keeps his hands low and often will use head movement to try to avoid shots but isn’t always successful.
  • His uptempo style results in 5.55 significant strikes landed per minute and he absorbs 5.90. The southpaw will also chip in 1.45 takedowns per 15 minutes. If he could cut down on the damage he takes, he’d be one to watch out for.
  • Erosa’s last three fights were Nate Landwehr (win – knockout), Seung Woo Choi (loss – knockout) and Charles Jourdain (win – submission).
Peterson: Need to Knows
  • Peterson has struggled to find his footing in the UFC, going 3-3 through six bouts in the Octagon, but for the first time in nearly six years he enters a fight off consecutive wins. He is 19-9 overall with 13 stoppages (five knockouts, eight submissions) and his only loss by finish was a knockout in 2013.
  • Ocho hunts for the takedown more often than Erosa and averages 1.87 takedowns per 15 minutes. On the feet, the orthodox fighter will work into the pocket with his jab and follow with a loaded-up right hand.
  • He is a gritty fighter, maybe not the most fundamentally sound but his pressure is tiring and if his opponent wilts, he is like a shark with blood in the water. At times, he will get caught watching his foes and ends up eating shots. He lands 4.43 significant strikes per minute but absorbs 5.29.
  • Peterson’s last three fights were Alex Caceres (loss – unanimous decision), Martin Bravo (win – knockout) and Chase Hooper (win – unanimous decision).

Prediction: Julian Erosa (-300) via decision

UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland Best Bets

Best Bets UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland
Middleweight – Sean Strickland-210
Middleweight – Punahele Soriano-185
Welterweight – Shavkat Rakhmonov-240
Middleweight – Brendan Allen-415
Middleweight – Bryan Battle+125
Featherweight – Julian Erosa-300
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