Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier turned out to be an interesting bout.
The two fighters met in a middleweight bout on Saturday (October 24, 2020) at the UFC 254 pay-per-view event from the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi aka Fight Island.
For a second straight fight, the old Whittaker appeared. He was using his angles to his advantage and picking his shots. Jared tried to counter strike with him but was getting busted up. The third round saw Whittaker nearly finish Jared with a brilliant combo, but Jared showed a ton of heart to survive. Plus, towards the end of the round, Jared tagged him. It wasn’t enough as Whittaker got the decision win.
Peep the highlights of the fight courtesy of the UFC’s official Twitter account:
After posting a nine-fight win streak, Whittaker got TKO’d by Israel Adesanya that ended his reign as the middleweight champion at the UFC 243 pay-per-view from Sydney, Australia at the Marvel Stadium. His following fight saw him get a unanimous decision at the UFC on ESPN 14 event this past July.
Hermansson was coming off of a second round TKO win over Jack Hermansson at the UFC Copenhagen event on ESPN+ from the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before that, he got a decision win over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC Fort Lauderdale heading into this show. This is where he stepped in on short notice to defeat the Brazilian. Thus, this win extended his winning streak to four as he had two big wins in a row after submitting David Branch in under a minute.
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