What’s Next? UFC Copenhagen Result

The UFC made it’s first expedition to Denmark with a roster lined with local and European flavor, headlined by a fight between rising contenders, Jack Hermansson and Jared Cannonier. The night played out nicely, with plenty of bizarreness, violence, and the emergence of a real threat at middleweight. Here are the full results and some thoughts on UFC Copenhagen:

Full Results:

Jared Cannonier def. Jack Hermansson via TKO (uppercut to ground and pound), Rd 2

Mark Madsen def. Danilo Belluardo via TKO (ground and pound), Rd 1

Gilbert Burns def. Gunnar Nelson via Unanimous Decision

Ion Cutelaba def. Khalil Rountree via TKO (elbows from mount), Rd 1

Ovince St. Preux def. Michal Oleksiejczuk via Submission (von-flue choke), Rd 2

Nicolas Dalby def. Alex Oliveira via Unanimous Decision

John Phillips def. Alen Amedovski via KO (overhand left), Rd 1

Makhmud Muradov def. Alessio Di Chirico via Unanimous Decision

Ismail Naurdiev def. Siyar Bahadurzada via Unanimous Decision

Giga Chikadze def. Brandon Davis via Split Decision

Lina Lansberg def. Macy Chiasson via Unanimous Decision

Marc Diakiese def. Lando Vanatta via Unanimous Decision

Jack Shore def. Nohelin Hernandez via Submission (rear-naked choke), Rd 3

Jared Cannonier

It’s time to start taking this crystal-lover seriously. When this fight was announced, I had a hard time believing this would end in anything but a Hermansson guillotine, but Cannonier remained composed against Joker’s manic movements, survived the takedowns, and caught him coming in with an uppercut. TKO, Killa Gorilla. I am so impressed with this former heavyweight. He looks completely reborn at 185, and I think a fight against Yoel Romero makes a lot of sense for him, if Romero doesn’t move to 205. Kelvin Gastelum is also an option, given he prevails over Darren Till. I love the future for this guy.

Jack Hermansson

Tough break for the Joker, who is still a wonderful addition to the mix at 185. Bad timing on a takedown met incredible timing on an uppercut, and he swallows a loss in his second UFC headliner. It happens. I wouldn’t worry too much about Hermansson. He’s only 31, and I can’t imagine this loss catapults him anywhere outside the top 7/8. Take some time off, and get him in there with someone like Derek Brunson, or the loser of next week’s title fight.

Quick Thoughts:

Gilbert Burns is a problem at welterweight. Give him the loser of the Singapore main event between Demian Maia and Ben Askren.

Rename the choke to Von Preux already.

Khalil Rountree is still one of the nicest guys the UFC has, but he needs a ground game.

Great to see Nicolas Dalby back to form, better to see him perform in Copenhagen, and even better to see him reconnect with Darren Till after the show.

Fighters go to other promotions and exorcise demons all the time. Lando Vanatta needs to fight elsewhere for a while and learn to pull the trigger. He’s very young.

John Phillips.

What’s Next?

Mark Madsen / Claudio Puelles

Danilo Belluardo (cut from the UFC)

Gilbert Burns / winner of Demian Maia and Ben Askern

Gunnar Nelson / Thiago Alves

Ion Cutelaba / Saparbeg Safarov

Khalil Rountree Jr / Gian Villante

Ovince Saint Preux / Paul Craig

Michal Oleksiejczuk / Tyson Pedro

Nicolas Dalby / Mike Perry

Alex Oliveira / Michel Pereira

John Philips / Abu Azaitar

Alen Amedovski / Cezar Ferreira

Makhmud Muradov / Julian Marquez

Alessio Di Chirico / Dusko Todorovic

Ismail Naurdiev / Warlley Alves

Siyar Bahadurzada / Jordan Mein

Giga Chikadze / Andre Soukmathath

Brandon Davis (cut from the UFC)

Lina Lansberg / Sara McMann

Macy Chiasson / Bea Malecki

Marc Diakiese / Drew Dober

Lando Vanatta / Jalin Turner (or fights for another promotion)

Jack Shore / Jose Quinonez

Nohelin Hernandez (cut from the UFC)

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