Jared Cannonier
The Killa Gorilla


Announces himself as middleweight contender
September 29, 2019
Cannonier defeated Jack Hermansson via TKO (punches) at 0:27 of Round 2 at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
Cannonier may not have been in the 185-pound title picture entering Saturday, but with his third consecutive stoppage within two rounds, he changed many perceptions while stunning the Copenhagen crowd. Entering the fight as a (+235) betting underdog, Cannonier seemingly had no intentions of letting this fight go all five rounds. Both men were aggressive early, and even though Hermansson landed 20 significant strikes and a takedown in the first round, Cannonier appeared to be largely unscathed. It was actually Cannonier that landed the heavier shots, which came in the form of uppercuts, counters and leg kicks. The toll they took on Hermansson became evident early in the second round, when an uppercut sent the Sweden native to the canvas. Cannonier smelled blood at that very moment, and pounced with some of the most intense ground-and-pound one will ever see. It was clear referee Marc Goddard needed to intervene, and he received no protest from Hermansson. After putting on an entertaining post-fight interview and dominant performance, it now appears we have a new contender in the middleweight division. Cannonier could get the opportunity to cement that with a quick turnaround, as he didn't appear to take a ton of damage in this one. Additionally, he'll take home an extra $50,000 in the form of a Performance of the Night bonus.
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Agrees to headline in Copenhagen
July 4, 2019
Cannonier has agreed to fight Jack Hermansson in the main event of a UFC on ESPN+ card on Sept. 28 in Copenhagen, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Cannonier has never been able to string together more than two consecutive wins during his time in the UFC, but he'll attempt to do just that in enemy territory in late-September. His last two victories have came against aging veterans in David Branch and future hall-of-famer Anderson Silva, but this upcoming matchup will arguably be one of his toughest tests to date. Physically, both men own a 77-inch reach, but Hermansson is slightly taller. Hermansson owns superior marks in striking volume, striking offense and striking defense, in addition to better takedown average and defense. Nonetheless, this is a major opportunity for Cannonier to jump the rankings, even if he has to do so against a red-hot fighter riding a four-fight winning streak.
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.
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.