UFC Fight Night 160 Results: Jared Cannonier Defeats Jack Hermansson Via TKO

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2019

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - SEPTEMBER 28:  Jared Cannonier celebrates his TKO victory over Jack Hermansson of Sweden in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Royal Arena on September 28, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Jared Cannonier continued his rise through the middleweight ranks in the UFC on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 160, defeating Jack Hermansson in the main event in Copenhagen, Denmark.

With 12 seconds elapsed in the second round, Cannonier caught Hermansson with a short right uppercut. Hermansson stumbled backward and fell to the mat. Cannonier immediately pounced and unloaded with a ground-and-pound.

Hermansson did his best to keep his hands up and block the blows but couldn't mount a counteroffensive. The referee called the fight at the 27-second mark.

UFC @ufc

Statement. Made. @KillaGorillaMMA is a serious contender at 185! #UFCCopenhagen https://t.co/OnkBTecgj9

Cannonier made his middleweight debut at UFC 230 last November, beating David Branch in two rounds. He followed up with a win over Anderson Silva at UFC 237 in May.

The 35-year-old entered Saturday as the ninth-best middleweight in UFC's official rankings, with Hermansson four spots ahead in fifth. He remains ascendant in the division after such a decisive win.

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Jared Cannonier just beat Jack Hermansson via 2nd round TKO. Huge win. Vicious finish. He looked great. He’s now 3-0 since dropping to 185. A candidate for most improved fighter of the year.

Luke Thomas @lthomasnews

Phenomenal win for Cannonier. 185 has brought his already impressive physicality to life. Add in development at The Lab and he's a force to be reckoned with in the division.

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Here's a look at how the rest of the main card shook out.


Main Card

  • Jared Cannonier def. Jack Hermansson via TKO (Round 2, 0:27)
  • Mark Madsen def. Danilo Belluardo via TKO (Round 1, 1:12)
  • Gilbert Burns def. Gunnar Nelson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Ion Cutelaba def. Khalil Rountree via TKO (Round 1, 2:35)
  • Ovince Saint Preux def. Michal Oleksiejczuk via submission (Round 2, 2:46)
  • Nicolas Dalby def. Alex Oliveira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


Preliminary Card

  • John Phillips def. Alen Amedovski via KO (Round 1, 0:17)
  • Makhmud Muradov def. Alessio Di Chirico via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Ismail Naurdiev def. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Giga Chikadze def. Brandon Davis via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Lina Lansberg def. Macy Chiasson via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
  • Marc Diakiese def. Lando Vannata via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Jack Shore def. Nohelin Hernandez via submission (Round 3, 2:51)


Mark Madsen vs. Danilo Belluardo

Mark Madsen needed just 72 seconds in his UFC debut to pick up a victory.

While Royal Arena fell silent after Cannonier's win, the Copenhagen fans at least bore witness to a dominant showing from Madsen as he made quick work of Danilo Belluardo.

Belluardo was on the defensive almost right from the opening bell. Madsen got him on the mat and looked to end the fight with a guillotine choke.

Although Belluardo fought off that attempt, he left himself exposed for Madsen to throw multiple elbows. That was the beginning of the end for the Italian.

UFC @ufc

And Still Undefeated! @MarkTheOlympian remains undefeated and finishes Belluardo in round 1! #UFCCopenhagen https://t.co/UxLGYkduPD

Madsen couldn't have made a bigger impression on UFC fans.


Gunnar Nelson vs. Gilbert Burns

Gilbert Burns didn't have any plans for Saturday as of two weeks ago. Despite his lack of preparation time, Burns narrowly edged out Gunnar Nelson.

The 33-year-old Brazilian was filling in for an injured Thiago Alves, with UFC officials confirming the switch to ESPN's Marc Raimondi on Sept. 17.

Burns made a concerted effort to target Nelson's legs. According to UFC.com, 14 of his 30 signature strikes connected below Nelson's waist. He also hit the Iceland native with a flying knee, with Nelson somehow staying on his feet.

UFC @ufc

That flying knee landed FLUSH! #UFCCopenhagen https://t.co/CHIkSpfr34

Although neither fighter enjoyed a sustained period on top, Burns was the better of the two. He had the right strategy to attack Nelson and never allowed his opponent to build any momentum.


Ion Cutelaba vs. Khalil Rountree

Ion Cutelaba rebounded from his loss to Glover Teixeira by beating Khalil Rountree.

Rountree started well, connecting with a right hand and body kick to open the fight. Cutelaba absorbed the blows and took him down to the mat, though. Rountree got back to his feet, only for Cutelaba to secure another takedown.

Although Rountree evaded further danger, he enjoyed only a brief respite.

Cutelaba swept out his left leg and began laying in a series of elbows. The onslaught from The Hulk continued until the referee had no choice but to call the fight.

UFC @ufc

That is it! @ICutelaba finishes Rountree at #UFCCopenhagen! https://t.co/wVcg9DyBSA

Beyond just the result, Cutelaba's performance was exactly what he needed coming off the defeat to Teixeira in April.

Marc Raimondi @marc_raimondi

Ion Cutelaba is a monster. Huge TKO finish over Khalil Rountree. Big bounce back from the Moldovan after losing to Glover Teixeira. #UFCCopenhagen

Ben Fowlkes @benfowlkesMMA

I was expecting decisive, violent fun in that fight. Cutelaba and Rountree didn't let me down.


Ovince Saint Preux vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk

Ovince Saint Preux's defending was on point as he countered Michal Oleksiejczuk's aggressive style to submit the Polish light heavyweight in the second round.

Oleksiejczuk was in the lead after the first round, having landed a few solid shots on Saint Preux. By the end, he finished with a 37-14 edge in signature strikes, according to UFC.com, illustrating the difference in the fighters' respective approaches.

In the second round, Saint Preux got his opening. He took Oleksiejczuk down to the mat and locked in the Von Flue choke, which has become his signature submission. From there, it was academic.

UFC @ufc

He did it ... AGAIN! @003_OSP hits the VON PREUX choke and submits Oleksiejczuk! https://t.co/D8M2KWYpeD

Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN

Michal Oleksiejczuk basically makes Ovince St. Preux look like an amateur early, walks him down, hits him with whatever he wants .... and OSP answers with his signature Von Flue in the second round. Wow. Another day in the office for OSP.


Alex Oliveira vs. Nicolas Dalby

In his return to the UFC, Nicolas Dalby overmatched Alex Oliveira en route to a unanimous-decision win.

Dalby controlled most of the bout, as evidenced by more than doubling Oliveira's strike total (64 to 31), per UFC.com. The fact Oliveira's corner implored him to go on the offensive heading into the third round showed how much work he had ahead of himself in the final five minutes.

"It's taken a huge amount of work [to get back]," Dalby said of the result in his post-fight interview, per MMAjunkie's Mike Bohn. "I mean it when I say it that I appreciate the support from each and every one of you out there. I feel like I could've done a better performance, but that doesn't matter because I did what I did inside the cage."

Dalby didn't waste time turning focus toward his next possible opponent. He said he wanted to meet Mike Perry next in the Octagon.

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