Jared Cannonier failed to secure a #1 contender's spot against Israel Adesanya after suffering a defeat to Robert Whittaker at UFC 254. Unfortunately for Jared Cannonier, the momentum he had in his last three fights couldn't carry over, and Robert Whittaker thoroughly dominated him to a unanimous decision defeat.
In a post on Instagram, Jared Cannonier revealed that he had broken his arm with the first kick that Robert Whittaker threw:
Jared Cannonier was supposed to face Israel Adesanya if he was able to dominate and defeat Robert Whittaker. Unfortunately for him, the opposite happened, and UFC president Dana White said in the post-fight press conference that a rematch between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker makes sense.
As of now, there is no challenger for Israel Adesanya and the Middleweight Championship. Adesanya stated that he wouldn't be fighting in 2020 again following his emphatic victory over Paulo Costa at UFC 253.
It will be back to the drawing board for Jared Cannonier, and he will have to face a newer challenger.
What's next for Jared Cannonier?
Since Jared Cannonier has to go to the back of the line to earn a title shot, it will be interesting to see who he faces. Paulo Costa recently called out Robert Whittaker after his performance. Still, since he was defeated in an extremely one-sided fight, he could also be a few wins away from another title shot.
Jared Cannonier vs. Paulo Costa makes a lot of sense. Both men are coming off defeats and belong to the top five of the UFC Middleweight division. It would also make for an exciting stylistic match-up.
While Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker might be ready in early 2020, Jared Cannonier could take a while longer to return.Published 27 Oct 2020, 02:38 IST