- Pyfer had won four straight fights since entering the promotion two years ago
- Hermansson defeated Pyfer by unanimous decision after 14-month layoff
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Joe Pyfer’s role as the new UFC golden boy got knocked down a few pegs on Saturday night, suffering a unanimous-decision loss to Jack Hermansson at UFC Vegas 86.
The five-round headlining fight saw Hermansson dominate the last three rounds of the fight to earn a 48-47 verdict on all three judges scorecards.
Pyfer appeared to run out of steam in the third five-minute round after getting the better of Hermansson with strikes during the first 10 minutes of the fight.
This was Pyfer’s first loss with the promotion and his first scrap inside the Octagon that went to the judge’s scorecards. This was also Pyfer’s first main-event bout in the UFC.
Hermansson has been with the UFC since 2016 and was by far the most experienced fighter Pyfer has faced with the promotion. That led some UFC fans on social media to be happy with Pyfer being knocked down a few pegs.
Pyfer fought in his first UFC main event and lost to Hermansson via unanimous decision
Hermansson got the better of Pyfer for the last three rounds of the middleweight fight
‘Dana’s boy got fraud checked,’ one fan said on X.
‘Man was saying [Alex] Pereira isn’t anything special then performs like that,’ another fan said with a laughing emoji. ‘Wow what a special fighter Pyfer is!!’
‘Yep, can say with confidence Joe Pyfer DOES NOT punch harder than [Francis] Ngannou,’ one fan stated on social media.
‘Hype train derailed lol,’ another fan stated.
A collection of social-media messages show how Pyfer performed compared to expectations
After the fight, Pyfer was gracious in defeat, knowing this will not be the last we see of him in the promotion.
‘I don’t think anything surprised me with all the media that I’ve been doing. And these are no excuses. Jack was better tonight, I guess,’ Pyfer said in the Octagon moments after the fight.
Pyfer will have a chance to get back in the win column, likely in a few months, after showing a ton of confidence before Saturday’s loss.