Jack Hermansson believes he’s quickly closing in on a UFC middleweight title shot after submitting Kelvin Gastelum in Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 30 co-main occasion.

Hermansson (21-5 MMA, 8-Three UFC) is aware of some large fights need to shake out at 185 kilos earlier than his alternative comes round, together with no less than yet one more struggle of his personal. All indicators level to Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa being the subsequent title struggle, and “The Joker” issues the challenger will declare the throne and maintain it till he will get there.

“I consider Paulo Costa will probably be champion once I struggle for the title,” Hermansson instructed reporters, together with MMA Junkie, post-fight at UFC on ESPN+ 30. “He’s going to place some strain on Adesanya. Paulo Costa’s strain is simply insane. He’s throwing so exhausting with every part he’s obtained. He can do it for nearly all the rounds. It’s simply unbelievable the physique and the ability that man has. I believe that’s going to be problematic for Adesanya. However you don’t know what’s going to occur on this sport. Adesanya is a good fighter, he’s a standup wizard and it’s going to be an fascinating struggle.”

As for his personal plans within the interim, Hermansson made it clear each earlier than and after his win over Gastelum (15-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC), which happened at Flash Discussion board at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, that he needs the winner of Robert Whittaker vs. Darren Until. The contenders meet in subsequent Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 14 headliner on “Struggle Island,” and Hermansson mentioned the winner is the one opponent he needs.

“That’s the plan,” Hermansson mentioned. “The winner between Robert Whittaker and Darren Until, that’s the struggle to make. That’s the one factor that is smart proper now, so I’m protecting my eyes on that struggle subsequent weekend. … I give a small edge to Whittaker in that struggle, however I believe it’s going to be an in depth struggle. Each are nice standup fighters, however Whittaker has been an excellent champ, so I believe he’ll take it.”

For the second, although, Hermansson goes to relish within the glory of his spectacular end of Gastelum. It took him simply 78 seconds to get the job accomplished, as he snatched up a shocking heel hook to drive the faucet. Not many individuals predicted the struggle going that method, however Hermansson mentioned he knew he may do it if the chance got here up.

“Individuals don’t know, the heel hook has been a part of my recreation for a very long time,” Hermansson mentioned. “However you don’t see me on backside an excessive amount of. That’s why you haven’t seen the heel hook a lot earlier than. Ought to I find yourself there once more, you’re going to see one other heel hook.”