The UFC Combat Night time important occasion between Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday night time in Las Vegas is a pivotal one within the 185-pound division. The winner will stay a prime contender, whereas the loser will slide down the rankings. ESPN has Cannonier ranked No. 5 at middleweight. Gastelum is at the moment unranked, however he additionally has given champion Israel Adesanya arguably the hardest take a look at at middleweight of Adesanya’s UFC profession.
Cannonier (13-4) would have earned a title shot with a win in his earlier bout, however he fell to former champ Robert Whittaker through unanimous determination final October. The Texas native, who fights out of Arizona, was on a three-fight successful streak previous to that loss. Cannonier, 37, is one in all solely two males (Conor McGregor being the opposite) to win through KO/TKO in three completely different UFC divisions. He began his UFC run at heavyweight, then moved to mild heavyweight and now competes at middleweight.
Gastelum (16-7, 1 NC) has come from the opposite course, starting his UFC profession as a welterweight prospect after successful the Final Fighter middleweight crown in 2013. The California native moved to middleweight after struggles on the size in 2016 and emerged as a contender, going through Adesanya for the interim title in 2019. It was a dropping effort, however it was an all-action bout that was maybe the perfect of that 12 months. Gastelum, 29, has misplaced 4 of his previous 5 fights, together with that barnburner in opposition to Adesanya.
Within the co-main occasion, undefeated wrestling standout Mark O. Madsen meets wily veteran Clay Guida. Madsen (10-0), a 36-year-old from Denmark, is a former Olympic silver medalist in Greco Roman wrestling. Guida (36-20), a 39-year-old preventing out of California’s Group Alpha Male, snapped a two-fight dropping streak in his previous bout. Guida is a 15-year UFC veteran and his struggle with Diego Sanchez is within the UFC Corridor of Fame.
Additionally on the cardboard, Alexandre Pantoja takes on Brandon Royval in an necessary flyweight contender matchup, Chase Sherman faces Parker Porter in a battle of heavyweight sluggers and grizzled veteran Vinc Pichel meets the up-and-coming Austin Hubbard in a light-weight scrap.
Combat in progress:
Ramiz is a beast! Heavy fingers and a brutally offensive floor recreation! Nice struggle to kickoff this struggle card. Let’s go!!! #UFCVegas34
— Alex Morono (@alexmoronomma) August 21, 2021
Recap to come back.
Nonetheless to come back:
Middleweight: Jared Cannonier (13-5, 6-5 UFC, -140) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (17-7 1 NC, 11-7 1 NC UFC, +120)
Light-weight: Clay Guida (36-17, 16-14 UFC, +140) vs. Mark O. Madsen (10-0, 2-0 UFC, -165)
Heavyweight: Chase Sherman (15-7, 1-1 UFC, -195) vs. Parker Porter (11-6, 1-1 UFC, +165)
Males’s bantamweight: Saidyokub Kakhramonov (8-2, 0-0 UFC) vs. Trevin Jones (13-6 1 NC, 1-0 1 NC UFC)
Light-weight: Vinc Pichel (13-2, 6-2 UFC, -115) vs. Austin Hubbard (13-5, 3-3 UFC, -105)
Flyweight: Alexandre Pantoja (23-5, 7-3 UFC, -175) vs. Brandon Royval (12-5, 2-1 UFC, +150)
Males’s featherweight: Austin Lingo (8-1, 1-1 UFC, +105) vs. Luis Saldana (15-6, 1-0 UFC, -125)
Males’s bantamweight: Brian Kelleher (22-12, -175) vs. Domingo Pilarte (8-2 1 NC, 0-1 1 NC UFC, +150)
Ladies’s bantamweight: Bea Malecki (4-0, 2-0 UFC, -150) vs. Josiane Nunes (7-1, 0-0 UFC, +125)
Gentle Heavyweight: William Knight (9-2, 2-1 UFC, -170) vs. Fabio Cherant (7-2, 0-1 UFC, +145)