Jon Jones: I’ll Teach Israel Adesanya ‘Whole Different World Of Hurt’

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is clearly looking to make up for lost time. A host of performance-enhancing drug issues left him on the sidelines from July 2017 to December 2018. The controversial MMA legend regained the title by dominating A…

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is clearly looking to make up for lost time. A host of performance-enhancing drug issues left him on the sidelines from July 2017 to December 2018. The controversial MMA legend regained the title by dominating Alexander Gustafsson by TKO at UFC 232. He then defended the belt against Anthony […]

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Dana White Promises To ‘Blow The Doors Off’ Australia With Whittaker vs. Adesanya

UFC President Dana White is planning yet another massive MMA spectacle in Australia. After re-upping for an additional 10 years with the world’s MMA leader, White recently spearheaded the unveiling of the UFC’s all-new Apex facility in Las …

UFC President Dana White is planning yet another massive MMA spectacle in Australia. After re-upping for an additional 10 years with the world’s MMA leader, White recently spearheaded the unveiling of the UFC’s all-new Apex facility in Las Vegas. There was, of course, a lot to talk about. One of those things was the awaited […]

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Jared Cannonier Targeting Fight With Kelvin Gastelum

Ever since his win over Anderson Silva, UFC middleweight Jared Cannonier has struggled to book an opponent. Cannonier made it two finishes in a row since moving down to 185 pounds when he defeated Silva via TKO at UFC 237 last month in Brazil. He had previously knocked out David Branch, and his performances seem […]

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Ever since his win over Anderson Silva, UFC middleweight Jared Cannonier has struggled to book an opponent.

Cannonier made it two finishes in a row since moving down to 185 pounds when he defeated Silva via TKO at UFC 237 last month in Brazil. He had previously knocked out David Branch, and his performances seem to have made an impact as he claims he is getting turned down by a number of middleweights.

Appearing on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday, “The Killa Gorilla” revealed there were even plans for him to headline the upcoming UFC San Antonio card on July 20 — only to be turned down by four middleweights.

“From my perspective, we are all fighters, we all have a job to do,” Cannonier said. “Picking and choosing fights is one thing I’ve never done. I’ll fight whoever comes along. I understand people have to consider their career if they want to get to a title shot and all that stuff, but, you know, in this division if you want to get to a title shot, you’re gonna have to meet me eventually.

“The longer you wait, the worse it’s going to be. So you better come see me now or wait until it’s going to be damn near impossible to beat me.”

Cannonier Wants Gastelum

In the end, the UFC decided to book a welterweight headliner between Rafael dos Anjos and Leon Edwards for the San Antonio card. And to his credit, Cannonier decided not to name any of the four opponents who turned him down. However, he does have one opponent in mind where a win could usher him into a title shot:

“I heard a little birdie tell me that one Kelvin Gastelum is looking to fight at the end or the middle of September, I think in Mexico City,” Cannonier added. “So that would be a good fight. That fight would put me closer to a title shot.

[Israel] Adesanya just fought him, beat him for the interim title. So he’s next in line. But before that, Adesanya fought Anderson. I beat Anderson in a more impressive fashion.

Gastelum is coming off a back-and-forth war with Adesanya at UFC 236 in April. However, he should be raring to go by September. Cannonier is not the only one who wants him, though, as the likes of Jack Hermansson and Ronaldo Souza have also called out the former welterweight.

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Jared Cannonier Wants Kelvin Gastelum For UFC Mexico City

Jared Cannonier is tired of waiting. Cannonier competed back in May against Anderson Silva. He won the bout via TKO when Silva’s leg gave way. While it has only been one month since that bout, “The Killa Gorilla” claims no one is step…

Jared Cannonier is tired of waiting. Cannonier competed back in May against Anderson Silva. He won the bout via TKO when Silva’s leg gave way. While it has only been one month since that bout, “The Killa Gorilla” claims no one is stepping up to fight him. While Cannonier isn’t one to talk trash, he […]

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B/R MMA Mid-Year Awards: Best Fight, Fighter and Finish from 2019 so Far

2019 has been a wild ride for the sport of MMA . The UFC kicked off a new era with its partnership with ESPN, ONE Championship has arrived as an international player and Bellator …

2019 has been a wild ride for the sport of MMA . The UFC kicked off a new era with its partnership with ESPN, ONE Championship has arrived as an international player and Bellator …

Kelvin Gastelum Predicts Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya Fight

Kelvin Gastelum believes Israel Adesanya will emerge triumphant in his middleweight title unification clash with Robert Whittaker. Adesanya defeated Gastelum in a back-and-forth war at UFC 236 in April to become the interim middleweight champion. “The Last Stylebender” is now slated to take on Whittaker in an Australasian clash later this year. According to reports, […]

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Kelvin Gastelum believes Israel Adesanya will emerge triumphant in his middleweight title unification clash with Robert Whittaker.

Adesanya defeated Gastelum in a back-and-forth war at UFC 236 in April to become the interim middleweight champion. “The Last Stylebender” is now slated to take on Whittaker in an Australasian clash later this year. According to reports, it could happen at UFC 243 which is set to take place in Sydney, Australia, later this year.

Before their interim title fight, Gastelum was originally scheduled to face Whittaker, until the latter had to pull out through injury. But having gone five rounds with Adesanya, he believes the New Zealander will emerge victorious, which will set up a future rematch between them.

“It’s a hard one but Israel has my respect!” Gastelum wrote on Twitter in response to a fan question. “He really stepped up when I couldn’t! (A mistake I will never let happen again.) and showed a lot of heart and so I think he will pull it off and it will set up a rematch between him and I when I win my fight as well.”

Despite his setback against Adesanya, a win or two could see Gastelum get right back into the title picture. His current No. 4 ranking also helps as the likes of Jack Hermansson and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza have called for a fight with him next.

Who do you want to see Gastelum face next? And do you agree with his prediction?

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