Jared Cannonier proved his middleweight chops last night (Sat., Aug. 21, 2021) at UFC Vegas 34 live on ESPN/ESPN+ from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, when “Killa Gorilla” scored a hard-fought unanimous decision win over veteran contender Kelvin Gastelum in the main event.
Both middleweights moved around well to begin the fight. Gastelum landed a few good inside leg kicks on the go while Cannonier timed some outside leg attacks. Cannonier also landed a big left hand along the way. In Round 3, Cannonier landed a huge right hand that nearly took Gastelum’s head off, but the veteran kept his composure.
Gastelum recovered and went toe-to-toe with Cannonier in the fourth, although “Killa Gorilla” seemed to score a brief knockdown in the center of the cage. Cannonier kept busy in the fifth as Gastelum had a hard time figuring out his movement. Gastelum did land a quick takedown but nothing that really separated him in the fight. In the end, it was Cannonier who did more damage and walked away with the win.
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