Jared Cannonier
Killa Gorilla

USA

Out
Injury Wrist
Est. Return 4/24/2021
Long medical suspension
MiddleweightUFC
Out
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.
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Suffered broken arm in loss
MiddleweightUFC
Out
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
Out
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
Out
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.
Rehab going well
MiddleweightUFC
Out
April 20, 2020
Cannonier said Monday that he feels about 60-to-65 percent recovered from the pectoral surgery he required in February, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cannonier expects to resume full-on training in June before targeting a return to the Octagon in the fall, which will come nearly a full year after his last fight. The 36-year-old is riding a three-fight winning streak on the line and owns a 13-4-0 record for his MMA career.
Undergoes surgery
MiddleweightUFC
Out
February 15, 2020
Cannonier underwent pectoral surgery Friday and is expected to need six months to recover, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cannonier was going to be the backup at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on March 8, but now he'll need to wait until August before he gets back into the Octagon, although it could certainly take longer.