Jared Cannonier

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Stopped for first time since 2018
MiddleweightUFC
June 8, 2024
Cannonier lost to Nassourdine Imavov via TKO (punches) at 1:34 of Round 4 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.
ANALYSIS
It's Cannonier's first stoppage defeat since May 2018, and it took a questionable decision from referee Jason Herzog to make it happen. To be fair, Jared was clearly trending in the wrong direction, but he deserved a chance to battle through it. He started this fight on fire, combining his trademark power and aggressiveness, but Cannonier's gas tank -- usually a strength -- ended up betraying him. Imavov began to find his range as the bout progressed, and Jared had zero answers. Cannonier is 7-3 in his past 10 fights, all while fighting the best the middleweight division has to offer, but when you're 40 years of age and you lose, everyone is going to wonder if this is the beginning of the end.
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Set to headline UFC Louisville
MiddleweightUFC
April 25, 2024
Cannonier (knee) will take on Nassourdine Imavov in a middleweight matchup in the main event of UFC Louisville on June 8, Alex Behunin of MMA Mania reports.
ANALYSIS
Cannonier had been building momentum since his 2022 title shot defeat, winning back-to-back fights against Sean Strickland and Marvin Vettori. That progress was halted when he was forced to withdraw from UFC 294 last October with a torn MCL, but he's now recovered enough to book a fight. His new opponent, Imavov, is coming off a win against Cannonier's previously-scheduled opponent, Roman Dolidze. In the upcoming fight, the striking statistics are similar for the two men. Cannonier has a reach advantage, while Imavov is four inches taller.
Out for UFC 294 with injury
MiddleweightUFC
October 23, 2023
Cannonier announced Wednesday that he has withdrawn from his scheduled middleweight fight with Roman Dolidze on Dec. 2 at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi due to a torn right MCL, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Cannonier reportedly suffered the injury shortly after being selected along with Dolidze as a replacement on the card for the Paulo Costa-Khamzat Chimaev fight that was cancelled due to Costa's own knee injury. The 39-year-old Cannonier is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday and will likely face a multi-month recovery before being cleared to compete again at some point in 2024.
Set to fight Dolidze in December
MiddleweightUFC
September 24, 2023
Cannonier will fight Roman Dolidze on Dec. 2, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cannonier is fresh off a unanimous decision over Marvin Vettori in June. Dolidze, who lost to Martin Vettori at UFC 286, was supposed to face Derek Brunson and UFC 295 on Nov. 11, but he'll have to wait another month to fight again.
Statement win in main event war
MiddleweightUFC
June 17, 2023
Cannonier defeated Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 48-46) at UFC on ESPN 47 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was the best version of Cannonier we have seen in quite some time. He found himself in a hairy situation moments after the opening bell rang, but once he fought his way through that, it was smooth sailing. Displaying excellent cardio through out the course of the bout, Cannonier floored the gas pedal in pressuring Vettori virtually the entire fight. His 257 total strikes landed are the most in UFC middleweight history. Jared picked his spots and varied his attacks, both of which helped him massively when Vettori attempted to make some sort of comeback. To give you an idea how big of a victory this is for Jared, Vettori had lost three times dating back to April 2018. Those defeats came against a current and former UFC Middleweight Champion, Israel Adesanya (twice) and Robert Whittaker. The 39-year-old Cannonnier is again right in the thick of the title picture following this effort. He'll also take home a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus here.
Gets headline bout versus Vettori
MiddleweightUFC
April 20, 2023
Cannonier will fight Marvin Vettori at the UFC Vegas 75 on June 17, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Cannonier will enter the Octagon for the first time since December after he defeated Sean Strickland via split decision. The 37-year-old should have a reasonable case at a title rematch against Israel Adesanya should he come out on top against Vettori.