Final Preventing Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Jack Hermansson returned to the 185-pound title chase with a slick submission win over Kelvin Gastelum within the UFC Battle Island 2 co-main occasion final weekend in Abu Dhabi.

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And with Israel Adesanya defending his division title towards Paulo Costa on the UFC 253 pay-per-view (PPV) occasion this September, “The Joker” is already making preparations to battle “The Eraser,” assuming “The Final Stylebender” wilts underneath the Brazilian’s “insane strain.”

“I imagine Paulo Costa shall be champion once I struggle for the title,” Hermansson mentioned after the struggle. “He’s going to place some strain on Adesanya. Paulo Costa’s strain is simply insane. He’s throwing so arduous with the whole lot he’s acquired. He can do it for nearly all the rounds. It’s simply unbelievable the physique and the facility 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 attention-grabbing struggle.”

Hermansson (21-5) is unlikely to leap proper right into a middleweight title struggle and is already planning to make a pit cease towards the winner of Robert Whittaker vs. Darren Until, who compete within the UFC on ESPN 14 primary occasion this weekend on “Battle Island.”

“The winner between Robert Whittaker and Darren Until, that’s the struggle to make,” Hermansson mentioned. “That’s the one factor that is sensible proper now, so I’m holding my eyes on that struggle subsequent weekend.”

The middleweight High 5 (see it right here) might look drastically completely different in as little as six months.