Cannonier Edges Gastelum in UFC Vegas Main Event
August 23 | 2021
Jared Cannonier continued to find success in the middleweight division as he defeated longtime contender Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC on ESPN 29 Saturday from Las Vegas. Cannonier, who began his career as a heavyweight and fought for several years as a light heavyweight, seems to have found a home at middleweight having now won four of his last five bouts.
The two men started the fight evenly trading low kicks and firing off hard punches. Gastelum was pressing forward for much of the bout and seemed the busier fighter but Cannonier did more damage. He dropped Gastelum with a lighting right hook in round three. But Gastelum immediately bounced back up and began looking for a takedown which Cannonier easily repulsed. Gastelum attempted several more takedowns during the course of the bout but, except for a very brief moment getting Cannonier down in the final round, never found much success with his wrestling. Cannonier's sharper punches captured the judges attention as he earned the unanimous decision win with scores of 48-47 on all three cards.
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