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Jared Cannonier vs. Sean Strickland targeted for October UFC Fight Night main event

MMA: JUL 02 UFC 276 Photo by Alejandro Salazar/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The fallout from UFC 276 in July 2022 continues as another big Middleweight contest is on the way.

Per Ariel Helwani, the promotion is working on locking in the main event for its Oct. 15, 2022, fight night event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Featured in the headliner is expected to be a clash of top contenders, Jared Cannonier versus Sean Strickland.

“Jared Cannonier x Sean Strickland is the plan for the Oct. 15 show, sources say,” Helwani tweeted. “Main event. Likely Apex. Not signed but that’s the target.”

Cannonier, 38, will enter the contest fresh off a tough unanimous decision defeat in his first career title opportunity against Israel Adesanya (watch highlights). The victory snapped a two-fight win streak for “Killa Gorilla,” who had previously scored big wins over Derek Brunson and a fellow former title challenger, Kelvin Gastelum.

As for Strickland, he also came up short at UFC 276 one month ago.

Facing Adesanya’s next challenger on the night, Alex Pereira, Strickland walked down his accomplished kickboxer foe and ultimately paid the price for it. Absorbing a picture-perfect left hook in round one, a few follow-up shots came immediately after, halting Strickland’s momentum of six straight victories via knockout (watch highlights).

Sitting at No. 2 and No. 7 in the official UFC rankings, respectively, Cannonier will likely need to work harder than Strickland to get a second crack at gold following a potential win. Regardless, whoever comes out on top will find themselves in a comfortable spot atop the 185-pound mountain.

The rest of the current Oct. 15 event line up can be seen below.

  • 185 lbs.: Jared Cannonier vs. Sean Strickland
  • 115 lbs.: Sam Hughes vs. Piera Rodríguez
  • 135 lbs.: Cub Swanson vs. Jonathan Martinez
  • 125 lbs.: Brandon Royval vs. Askar Askarov
  • 125 lbs.: C.J. Vergara vs. Tatsuro Taira

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 59%
    Jared Cannonier
    (133 votes)
  • 40%
    Sean Strickland
    (91 votes)
224 votes total Vote Now

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