Jared Cannonier

Killa Gorilla

USA

Will fight at UFC 270
MiddleweightUFC
September 27, 2021
Cannonier is set to face off against Derek Brunson at UFC 270 on January 22, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Cannonier, much like Brunson, has found success over his last five fights, losing only to Robert Whittaker at UFC 254 via unanimous decision over that stretch. However, Cannonier's 7-5 record in UFC fights isn't quite as impressive as Brunson's, who is 17-6 in UFC bouts.
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Remains perfect in main events
MiddleweightUFC
August 21, 2021
Cannonier defeated Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) at UFC on ESPN 29 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's the rare fight in which each round appeared to be pretty clear cut, with Cannonier winning Rounds 1, 3, and 4, while Gastelum took 2 and 5. Cannonier appeared to be a bit more passive than in recent memory, in addition to throwing considerably less kicks than usual. He confirmed in his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier that the latter was a strategic move in hopes of limiting Gastelum's wrestling game. Cannonier looked extremely uncomfortable in the process, but he did manage to stuff all five of Kelvin's attempts. Cannonier could walk away tomorrow and his UFC run would be an overwhelming success. This is a guy who joined the company in January 2015 as a heavyweight (!!!!!) and has since posted a 7-4 mark in his past 11 bouts. Included in that stretch are wins over Gastelum, Jack Hermansson and Anderson Silva, while Cannonier's four previously mentioned defeats have come against a pair of current/former UFC champions (Robert Whittaker, Jan Blachowicz) in addition to a pair of guys (Dominick Reyes, Glover Teixeira) who have challenged for UFC gold in the past.
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.
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.