UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Gastelum: Jared Cannonier vs. Kelvin Gastelum – Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/17/2021, 2:24 PM EDT


The UFC on ESPN  29 event will happen on 21st August 2021, at the UFC Apex Arena. This event will be one of the most interesting MMA events of the year, with a plethora of glorious fights scheduled for the night. The middleweight clash between Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum will headline this event.

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Gastelum is coming into this fight on the back of a loss against Robert Whittaker. This was Gastelum’s 4th loss in his last 5 fights and therefore this fight will be very important for him. Gastelum is currently ranked No.9 in the UFC middleweight rankings and would look to move up with a victory against Cannonier.

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Talking about Cannonier, the fighter will also come into this fight on the back of a loss. Interestingly, his last loss was also against Whittaker. However, the fighter was in dominant form before that loss and had won 3 consecutive fights. Owing to that ‘The Killa Gorilla’ is currently ranked No.3 in the UFC rankings and a victory this weekend could warrant a title shot for him.

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Cannonier currently has an MMA record of (13-5) and at 37 years of age, many believe this is his last chance to challenge for the title. This is where Gastelum gets the advantage as he is relatively younger at 29 years of age.

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If one goes by the recent form of the two fighters, Cannonier certainly holds the advantage over Cannonier. The fighter has performed admirably and with three consecutive TKO wins has proved how dangerous he is.

Cannonier also holds the height advantage over the smaller Gastelum and that could come in handy.

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However, Gastelum is a well-rounded fighter and can hold his own against the very best of the middleweight division.

Add to that the fact the Cannonier has often proven to be a little one dimensional in his fighting style and one can see how Gastelum might defeat ‘The Killa Gorilla.’

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Final Prediction: Kelvin Gastelum defeats Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision.

Who do you think will win the UFC clash? Let us know in the comments.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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