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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Renato Moicano Expects Fight of the Night vs. Korean Zombie

Renato Moicano will be headlining UFC Greenville this weekend when he takes on Chan Sung Jung, better known as The Korean Zombie in a featherweight duel. Heading into the fight, Moicano (#5) believes that a fight against the #12-ranked Zombie does litt…

Renato Moicano will be headlining UFC Greenville this weekend when he takes on Chan Sung Jung, better known as The Korean Zombie in a featherweight duel. Heading into the fight, Moicano (#5) believes that a fight against the #12-ranked Zombie does little for him in terms of repositioning himself for a title shot, but he […]

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Elias Theodorou Opens Up on UFC Release

Elias Theodorou is a man who put together an impressive UFC record of 8-3 and had won three of his last four fights before being granted his walking papers from the promotion. The predominant speculation as to why that is has been narrowed down to the …

Elias Theodorou is a man who put together an impressive UFC record of 8-3 and had won three of his last four fights before being granted his walking papers from the promotion. The predominant speculation as to why that is has been narrowed down to the fighting style of Theodorou, which is unorthodox yet conservative […]

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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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Brunson: Theodorou’s Release Unrelated to Fighting Style

Elias Theodorou’s final UFC fight took place in a bout against Derek Brunson at UFC Ottawa. Brunson was the victor, and Theodorou was swiftly given the axe after the loss. The release of Theodorou has been a talking point around the MMA community, spec…

Elias Theodorou’s final UFC fight took place in a bout against Derek Brunson at UFC Ottawa. Brunson was the victor, and Theodorou was swiftly given the axe after the loss. The release of Theodorou has been a talking point around the MMA community, specifically adding fuel to the “sport vs. entertainment” debate. After all, the […]

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UFC 238 Medical Suspensions: Donald Cerrone Handed Indefinite Sit

UFC 238 is in the books and now it’s time for the fighters to face their consequences in terms of medical suspensions. The event went down on June 8, 2019, at United Center in Chicago, Illinois with the main card airing on pay-per-view (PPV), while the preliminary card aired on ESPN and ESPN+. Henry Cejudo […]

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UFC 238 is in the books and now it’s time for the fighters to face their consequences in terms of medical suspensions.

The event went down on June 8, 2019, at United Center in Chicago, Illinois with the main card airing on pay-per-view (PPV), while the preliminary card aired on ESPN and ESPN+.

Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes in a bantamweight title bout served as the main event, that saw Cejudo become a two-division champion. Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye in a women’s flyweight title bout took place in the co-headliner, which featured Shevchenko successfully retaining the strap. Finishing out the main card saw Donald Cerrone vs. Tony Ferguson, Petr Yan vs. Jimmie Rivera, and Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoi Ivanov.

Cerrone has been suspended indefinitely while Cejudo, Ferguson, Yan, Rivera, and Ivanov are out for 60 days. These were the most notable names who got suspended.

UFC 238 Medical Suspensions

Here are the entire medical suspensions, courtesy of MMA Junkie:

  • Henry Cejudo: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact; needs physician’s clearance.
  • Marlon Moraes: Suspended 90 days with 60 days no contact; needs physician’s clearance.
  • Tony Ferguson: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact.
  • Donald Cerrone: Suspended indefinitely; needs CT of facial bones and MRI of head for physician’s clearance.
  • Jessica Eye: Suspended 120 days with 90 days no contact; needs clean CT scan and physician’s clearance.
  • Petr Yan: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact.
  • Jimmie Rivera: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact.
  • Blagoy Ivanov: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact; needs X-ray of lower right leg for physician’s clearance.
  • Tai Tuivasa: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact.
  • Tatiana Suarez: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact; needs MRI of neck for physician’s clearance.
  • Aljamain Sterling: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact; needs X-ray of lower leg.
  • Pedro Munhoz: Suspended 45 days with 30 days; needs X-ray of right foot, right and left forearm, ankles and lower leg.
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact.
  • Ricardo Lamas: Suspended 90 days with 60 days no contact; needs neurological exam and physician’s clearance for broken jaw.
  • Xiaonan Yan: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact; needs X-ray of right foot, finger and clearance from orthopedic physician.
  • Grigory Popov: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact; needs physician’s clearance for facial laceration and neurological exam.
  • Joanne Calderwood: Needs medical clearance for forehead laceration.

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