Pros React to Jack Hermansson’s First Round Heel Hook of Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Island 2

Jack Hermansson defeats Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Island 2
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 19: Jack Hermansson of Sweden celebrates after his submission victory over Kelvin Gastelum in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The co-main event at UFC Fight Island 2 pitted the number six ranked middleweight Jack Hermansson against the number seven ranked Kelvin Gastelum. This fight could have easily headlined its own card, but the UFC knew placing Gastelum vs. Hermansson before the main event’s flyweight title fight was the appetizer that fans needed before Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez took center stage.

Hermansson and Gastelum had both traveled to Yas Island with the hopes of reminding themselves of how sweet the taste of victory really is. Their paths led them to one another, on what has been the grandest stage so far in combat sports – the UFC’s Fight Island. Surely a victory for either man could get the discussion going again with championship implications.

Jack Hermansson looked to put his loss to Jared Cannonier behind him and remind the world that the buzz surrounding his four-fight win streak that halted last September was not merely hype, but a learning experience up the ranks.

Kelvin Gastelum’s fighting spirit that has led him to high rankings in the middleweight division has never faltered.  Taking a tough match-up against Hermansson showed his championship aspirations going forward in the stacked division.

Then the fight, over in a flash. Wow! What a submission victory from Jack Hermansson! The pros took to social media to let the world know their reactions to this first-round submission in the co-main event. Let us know your thoughts on the quick first-round heel hook from Jack Hermansson!