Saturday night will mark the third event of Fight Island, and we could see a potential Fight Of The Night in the co-main event between two top Middleweight contenders. #6th ranked Kelvin Gastelum is set to face #7th ranked Jack Hermansson.
In a matchup that’s pretty even on paper, both men will look to claw their way to the top in the loaded 185-pound division. For Kelvin, he will look to bounce back from consecutive losses and put his personal issues aside. This is what he told reporters at a media scrum earlier this week.
“It was just some personal stuff going on behind the scenes in my life, and we eliminated that aspect. I feel like a resurgence in me, and I really enjoyed the process for this camp, which really hasn’t been the case in the past. Waking up, training, dieting, and losing the weight – I enjoyed every single day of this process, and so I’m in a good place mentally, physically. I’m ready to go.”
Hermansson on the other hand is super excited for this opportunity after a scheduled bout with former champ Chris Weidman was canceled due to COVID 19. Herrmansson told BJPenn.com
“Man, when I lost that fight and I knew I wasn’t going to the fight then, I was a little bit sad. But, then I heard about Fight Island and the fight with Gastelum. it is something better actually,”
Hermansson said on Just Scrap Radio on BJPENN.com.
“Gastelum is the opponent that I really want to fight. I’m happy with the switch of opponents. We actually pushed for the fight with the UFC. I really wanted the Gastelum fight and fortunately, they accepted it and the UFC made it. It is perfect.”
The betting line at the moment of this article is near even at -110 for Hermansson and -120 for Gastelum.
Both men are looking for a bounce-back performance as Kelvin enters the bout with a pro record of 16-5 (10-5 UFC) and is on a 2 fight losing streak.
Hermansson enters the bout with a pro record of 20-5 (7-3 UFC) and is looking to bounce back from a loss last time out against Jared Cannonier.
My prediction: Round 1 starts off with some very even back and forth shots that see Hermansson setting the pressure on Kelvin against the cage late and securing a takedown to win round 1. Round 2 starts with Kelvin picking up his boxing and putting combos together to win a bounce-back round. Round 3 in an even fight sees both men swinging for the fences looking for a finish or a dominate round 3. Kelvin starts to edge a bit of the exchange late and Hermansson shoots for a late takedown but does not secure it. The scorecards then read (29-28 x 3) for the winner by unanimous decision Kelvin Gastelum.