Jared Cannonier understands what’s on the road in opposition to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 34

No. 3 ranked middleweight contender Jared Cannonier is ready to make his return to the octagon this Saturday in the primary occasion of UFC Vegas 34 when he faces no. 9 ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum.

Cannonier has not fought since he was defeated by no. 1 contender and former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker within the co-main occasion of UFC 254 in Oct. 2020.

Gastelum, then again, might be preventing for the third time in 2021 when he faces off in opposition to Cannonier.

The 29-year-old veteran kicked the yr off with a victory when defeated Ian Heinisch by unanimous choice at UFC 258 in February. However Gastelum suffered a unanimous choice loss to Robert Whittaker when he stuffed in on brief discover for Paulo Costa in the primary occasion of UFC Vegas 24 in April.

Talking at UFC Vegas 34 media day, Cannonier mentioned he doesn’t consider Gastelum as his desired opponent at this level in his profession.

“Kelvin was the lone standout if you’ll, of what’s the phrase– of fighters that I’d say sure to,” Cannonier mentioned at media day. “If they’d have gave me someone with no quantity subsequent to their title, that may have been a waste of my time. Not essentially, as a result of I prefer to battle, and I’ll battle anyone, however so far as my profession goes that’s not the one which I would like.”

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Cannonier added that regardless that Gastelum was not the primary fighter Cannonier would have needed as an opponent, he took the battle as a result of he held him in excessive regard.

“Kelvin isn’t splendid, given the place. I desire a contender’s battle, I need to battle for the title,” Cannonier mentioned. “However in a way, Kelvin is good as a result of I respect him lots. I perceive who he’s and what he’s and what he’s carried out. From his performances I can see the issues that he’s able to and I simply know the game. I do know the sport.

 “We all know how fights go, so I do know I can see what Kelvin has introduced in his final battle and I’m properly conscious of the hazard he presents in there. We’re all conscious of his standing so far as being a fighter [in] MMA. The quantity 9 subsequent to his title, the truth that there’s a quantity there’s good. It’s form of like the identical place I used to be in after I fought Hermansson. He was ranked quantity three, I used to be ranked quantity 9. So it’s form of like the very same factor, however we’re gonna have a special ending.”

With a win over Gastelum, Cannonier may simply discover himself with a high 5 opponent for his subsequent battle.

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