Jared Cannonier
Killa Gorilla

USA

New opponent Aug. 21
MiddleweightUFC
June 6, 2021
Cannonier will now face Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of the UFC card scheduled to take place on Aug. 21, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cannonier was originally set for a date with another former title contender in Paulo Costa, but apparently paperwork was never truly official for that fight, and Costa took his name out of the running due to compensation issues. Cannonier will now take on Gastelum -- a fighter who has lost four of his last five bouts, albeit against elite middleweights. Cannonier will enter with a massive, six-inch reach advantage over Gastelum, in addition to slight edges in volume striking and striking defense. Gastelum has better wrestling marks, but hasn't necessarily employed them much of late in high-stakes fights. A win for Cannonier would help him bounce back from a loss to Robert Whittaker and get him right back in the middleweight title picture.
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Fight scheduled for Aug. 21
MiddleweightUFC
May 12, 2021
Cannonier will fight Paulo Costa at the UFC event on Aug. 21, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
After a long medical suspension due to injuries suffered in his UFC 254 matchup against Robert Whittaker, Cannonier will return to the octagon to take on Costa. Cannonier lost to Whittaker via unanimous decision back on Oct. 24, 2020 while Costa is coming off a loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 in September of 2020.
Long medical suspension
MiddleweightUFC
October 27, 2020
Cannonier (arm) has been suspended 180 days pending a physician's clearance due to injuries suffered in his UFC 254 matchup against Robert Whittaker, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cannonier had already disclosed that he suffered a broken arm in the fight, so the medical suspension -- which cites a wrist injury -- is really just a formality at this point. Still a respected contender at 185 pounds, Cannonier could very well have to wait until spring to make the walk to the Octagon once again.
Suffered broken arm in loss
MiddleweightUFC
October 25, 2020
Cannonier said in a statement Sunday that he broke the ulna bone in his left arm during his unanimous-decision loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi, Danny Segura of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Cannonier said the injury occurred on Whittaker's first kick to his arm, with the 36-year-old noting that the fractured arm threw him off for the remainder of the fight. He'll likely need surgery to address the injury and seems unlikely to fight again until next spring.
Hangs tough in loss to Whittaker
MiddleweightUFC
October 24, 2020
Cannonier lost to Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
While it certainly wasn't the result Cannonier was hoping for, he showed he can remain competitive against one of the very best middleweights in the world. Cannonier made a concerted effort to repeatedly damage the legs of Whittaker. It worked, to the tune of 22 successful leg kicks. That's the good news. The bad news is that other than the leg kicks and a big right hand with about 30 seconds left in the fight, Cannonier struggled to generate consistent offense. He did show plenty of heart and toughness in seeing the final bell. Cannonier entered the UFC as a heavyweight back in January 2015. He dropped down to light heavyweight where he was up and down before finding a home at 185 pounds. "The Killa Gorilla" may not be on the same level as guys like Whittaker and current UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya, but he's firmly in that next tier of contenders.
Set to return in October
MiddleweightUFC
August 1, 2020
UFC president Dana White announced Friday that Cannonier (pectoral) will face Robert Whittaker in a middleweight fight at UFC 254 on Oct. 24 Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Cannonier was originally slated to face off against Whittaker at UFC 248 back in March, but the fight was called off after Whittaker withdrew. Shortly after the fight's cancellation, Cannonier underwent pectoral surgery, which extended his fighting hiatus even further. The 36-year-old hasn't fought since September 2019, but he's riding a streak of three straight knockout victories. If he can pull out another victory over Whittaker, he should be next up to face Israel Adesanya for the middleweight championship belt.