Jared Cannonier
The Killa Gorilla


Slays legend at UFC 237
May 11, 2019
Cannonier defeated Anderson Silva via TKO (kick) at 4:47 of Round 1 at UFC 237 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Cannonier recognized a Silva weakness and exploited it. Neither man did much of anything in the early going of the bout, but Cannonier repeatedly peppered Anderson with leg kicks and one final one appeared to blow out Silva's left knee and force a halt to the bout. Being booed vociferously by the hostile crowd during his post-fight interview with Jon Anik, Cannonier went full heel and played into the hatred. It was probably a good move for his long-term marketability. Jared has looked like a new man since his full-time move to Arizona to train under John Crouch at the MMA Lab. Cannonier suddenly looks like a legitimate threat at 185 pounds, as the move down from 205 pounds may be the change the 35-year-old needed to spark a final run.
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To take on Silva at UFC 237
February 20, 2019
Cannonier has been booked to fight Anderson Silva in a middleweight bout at UFC 237 on May 11 in Brazil, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Cannonier is coming off a huge upset victory over David Branch via TKO (punches) at UFC 230 in New York City. The victory ended what had been a two-fight losing streak for Cannonier and boosted his overall UFC record back to .500 (4-4). He will certainly have his work cut out of him again come May against the 43-year-old Silva, who will be fighting in his home country.
Pulls monumental upset over David Branch at UFC 230
November 3, 2018
Cannonier defeated David Branch via TKO (punches) at 0:29 of Round 2 at UFC 230 on Saturday in New York City.
Having competed at both heavyweight and light heavyweight in the early portion of his UFC career, Cannonier's career-defining victory comes at 185 pounds. Taking the Branch fight on late notice, Cannonier survived Round 1 before opening up on Branch on the feet in Round 2. "The Killa Gorilla" appeared to be in terrific shape and he made the 186-pound middleweight limit without issue. As great as he looked on Saturday, people will think this strong effort from Cannonier was nothing more than a fluke. It's a reasonable question given the fact Cannonier would have been a release candidate had he lost to Branch. Only time will tell if Cannonier is a legitimate contender or not.
Added to UFC 230
October 20, 2018
Cannonier will take on David Branch at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 in New York, MMAFighting.com reports.
Cannonier's late addition is a result of a chain reaction caused by Luke Rockhold pulling out of the co-main event due to injury. Ronaldo Souza will take his place against Chris Weidman, with Cannonier taking Souza's original spot against Branch. Cannonier has a 10-4 record as a professional but is just 3-4 since joining the UFC and has lost his last two matching, most recently being defeated in a first-round TKO by Dominick Reyes at UFC Fight Night 129 in May. His opponent, Branch, has a 22-4 professional record and has lost just once since 2012.
Falls victim to first-round knockout at UFC Chile
May 19, 2018
Cannonier lost to Dominick Reyes via TKO (punches) at 2:55 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Santiago, Chile.
Cannonier has looked solid since moving down from heavyweight. However, he was up against an up-and-coming fighter here. Reyes had the cleaner and more powerful striking. Cannonier tried to come in with power strikes, but it only got him into trouble. Reyes clipped Cannonier with a punch. He stayed on him until he dropped him with an uppercut and the fight was over. Cannonier falls to 3-4 in the UFC.
Suffers unanimous decision loss at Winnipeg
December 17, 2017
Cannonier lost to Jan Blachowicz via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) on Saturday in Winnipeg.
Cannonier took some shots throughout this fight but was able to counter and land some leg kicks. A big shot dropped "The Killa Gorilla" in the second round, but he was able to scramble and regain his feet. Round 3 was his best effort with 14 significant strikes landed, but he wasn't able to stop Jan's takedowns. Cannonier lost out on the judges' card, which dropped his record to 10-3 overall.