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Jack Hermansson calls out ‘challenging’ Kelvin Gastelum

Even Jack Hermansson wants to see Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero.

That’s why “The Joker” is being realistic about his next fight, which is no doubt going to come against a top-ranked foe after the surging middleweight disposed of Ronaldo Souza last weekend in Florida to earn himself a spot in the Top 5.

A showdown against No. 4-ranked Kelvin Gastelum sounds about right.

“I’ve been thinking more and more about it and I think the Costa and Romero fight has to happen, so maybe Gastelum would be a good one next,” Hermansson told “His grappling is alright but it’s his striking that’s his bread and butter. He’s a really good boxer and that’s his main strength. Of course he has good wrestling as well. I think it’s gonna be challenging to put him on the ground, but I think I’m gonna have a big advantage when I put him [there].

I guess that Chris Weidman contest will have to wait.

Hermansson (20-4) seemingly came out of nowhere, quietly putting together a four-fight winning streak with three decisive finishes. Of course, he had a little help from circumstance, as Romero’s withdrawal from UFC Ft. Lauderdale left “Jacare” without a date to the big dance.

So ... Hermansson vs. Gastelum, who takes it?

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