As if UFC 254 was not already stacked enough, the mains card’s co-main event is another great fight to watch. This middleweight bout will be between Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier. Current UFC Middleweight Champion called out Jared Cannonier at the conclusion of his last fight, saying if Cannonier wins his fight with Whittaker, he will be the next contender for the UFC Middleweight Title.
- Date: Saturday, October 24, 1:00 PM
- Venue: Flash Forum
- Watch on: PPV
Robert Whittaker (22-5-0)
Whittaker is currently ranked as the number one fighter in the middleweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has 10 wins by knockout, 7 by decision, and 5 by submission.
“The Reaper” has a striking accuracy at 40 percent and a grappling accuracy at 30 percent. He lands 4.51 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.43. This ratio is solid, with some room to improve on both sides.
Whittaker has a takedown defense at 84 percent and a significant strike defense at 61 percent. He also averages 0.46 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.
Jared Cannonier (13-4-0)
Cannonier is currently ranked as the third best fighter in the middleweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has 9 wins by knockout, 2 by submission, and 2 by decision.
“The Killa Gorilla” has a striking accuracy at 51 percent and a grappling accuracy at 33 percent. He lands 3.72 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.82. This is also a solid ratio, and could look to be more aggressive.
Cannonier has a takedown defense at 51 percent and a significant strike defense at 66 percent. He also averages 0.18 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.
Odds For This Event
The market has a few scenarios where this one could be a coin flip. BookMaker has the odds currently placed at:
*odds are subject to changes
Potential Winning Pick
Both of these fighters matchup very well on paper and this fight looks to be very close. This fight could potentially end in some form of a knockout as these two are aggressive in their striking ability.
Cannonier has some solid defenses and a good striking accuracy. He should be able to hold his own when striking but he will need to be more aggressive.
Whittaker is the opposite, he has better defenses but is a little less on the offensive side with his striking accuracy. I believe he will be able to wear down Cannonier and work him into a position to wear he can earn himself a TKO victory.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Whittaker wins via TKO
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