“Even if I could be happier with another fight, it doesn’t bother me, and it doesn’t take anything out of our preparations,” Hermansson told MMA Fighting’s podcast.
“I’ve remained focused, and I believe that all of the fights are equally hard. It’s not as much about how tough the fighter is, but more about how much I have to gain. The fight is still a tough fight, and that keeps me sharp. I’m all cool with the fight and it’s going to happen – so I’m super focused. I’m looking forward to what the next step is, but I have to focus on the fight that I have now.”
While Hermansson believes he has an advantage if the fight hits the ground, he knows that matching Cannonier on the feet will be a challenge, and that taking him down will be no walk in the park.
“It’s hard to say (how this fight will go), but usually if I get a guy to the ground, it’s pretty dominant,” said “The Joker.” “And should it happen, I see it going my way quickly. On the feet, it’s going to be pretty competitive, but we have different kinds of styles. I see myself as the better striker, but Cannonier has great power. It looks like it’s going to be challenging for sure, and he looks hard to takedown as well. Even though he’s very physical, he has very good stamina. He’s a great fighter, so I think it’s going to be a cool fight where we’ll probably see a bit of all-round action,” he said.