UFC Fight Night 236 took place in Las Vegas. In the main event, the eleventh-ranked middleweight of the organization, Jack Hermansson, confirmed his level and did not let American prospect Joe Pifer, who came into the fight as a three-time favorite, into the top 15 of the division.
After surviving two difficult rounds in which Pifer had a clear advantage in the standup, the Swedish-Norwegian fighter managed to turn the tide of the fight in the third five-minute round, giving his opponent significant problems with his jab and low-kick right. In the final round, “The Joker” outworked his opponent and controlled him in the boxing ring for the rest of the fight, eventually picking up a 48-47 three round unanimous decision victory.
In a post-fight interview, Jack Hermansson stated that he wants to see Nassurdin Imavov, ranked eighth in the UFC middleweight rankings, as his next opponent.
In the co-main event, American welterweight Dan Ige knocked out his compatriot Andre Fili with a right jab in the first round.
In the third event of the tournament, Ukrainian fighter Igor Losing made a successful debut in the UFC middleweight division, defeating Polish newcomer Robert Bryczek by unanimous decision over three rounds.
Other results included a disappointing performance by Armenian middleweight Armen Petrosyan, who lost by arm-triangle choke to Brazilian Rodolfo Vieira with two seconds left in the first round, as well as the first UFC victory for Russian-Uzbek welterweight Bogdan Guskov, who knocked out American Zach Pauga in the fourth minute of the match.
Gregory Rodriguez, Carlos Pretez and Haider Emil recorded early wins.
All results from UFC Fight Night 236.