Jared Christopher Cannonier (born March 16, 1984) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently fights in the Middleweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of September 12, 2023, he is #4 in the UFC middleweight rankings.[7]

Jared Cannonier
Jared Cannonier at UFC Fight Night 160 in Copenhagen
BornJared Christopher Cannonier[1]
(1984-03-16) March 16, 1984 (age 39)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Other namesTha Killa Gorilla
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight (2011–2016)
Light Heavyweight (2016–2018)[2]
Middleweight (2018–present)[2]
Reach77+12 in (197 cm)[3]
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofPhoenix, Arizona, U.S.[4]
TeamLegacy Jiu Jitsu Alaska
MMA Lab (2017–present)[5]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[6]
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total23
Wins17
By knockout10
By submission2
By decision5
Losses6
By knockout2
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

Cannonier began his amateur mixed martial arts career in early 2011, winning his first two fights by knockout. In June 2011, he made his professional MMA debut in Alaska. He fought sporadically over the next five years, amassing a record of 7–0.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

2015 edit

In October 2014, it was announced that Cannonier had signed with the UFC. In his debut he faced Shawn Jordan in a Heavyweight bout at UFC 182 on January 3, 2015.[9][10] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[11]

Replacing injured Matt Van Buren, Cannonier was scheduled to face Jonathan Wilson at UFC Fight Night 73 on August 8, 2015.[12] In turn, Cannonier was forced to pull out due to an injury and was replaced by Chris Dempsey.[13]

2016 edit

After an 18-month long layoff, Cannonier returned to face Cyril Asker on April 10, 2016, at UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos.[14] He defeated Asker by knockout due to a combination of elbows and punches.[15] The win also earned Cannonier his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[16]

In his third fight for the promotion, Cannonier moved down to the light heavyweight division. He faced Ion Cuțelaba on December 3, 2016, at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.[17] Cannonier won the fight by unanimous decision.[18] The bout also won Cannonier his second consecutive bonus award as he and Cuțelaba won Fight of the Night.[19]

2017 edit

As the first fight of his new six-fight contract, Cannonier faced Glover Teixeira on February 11, 2017, at UFC 208.[20][21] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[22]

Cannonier was expected to face Steve Bossé on July 7, 2017, at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.[23] However, Bossé was removed from the fight just days before the event and was replaced by promotional newcomer Nick Roehrick.[24] Cannonier won the fight via TKO in the third round.[25]

Cannonier was expected to face Antônio Rogério Nogueira on December 16, 2017, at UFC on Fox 26.[26] However, on October 19, it was announced that Nogueira was pulled from the card after being notified by USADA of a potential doping violation.[27] Cannonier would face Jan Błachowicz instead.[28] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[29]

2018 edit

Cannonier faced Dominick Reyes on May 19, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 129.[30] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[31]

Cannonier was expected to face Alessio Di Chirico in a middleweight bout on November 17, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 140.[32] However, it was reported on October 19, 2018, that Cannonier would face David Branch at UFC 230 instead.[33] He won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[34] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[35]

2019 edit

Cannonier faced former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva on May 11, 2019, at UFC 237.[36] He won the fight via TKO in the first round after a kick to Silva's right leg rendered him unable to continue.[37]

Cannonier faced Jack Hermansson on September 28, 2019, in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 18.[38][39] He was victorious via second-round TKO.[40] The win also earned Cannonier his third Performance of the Night bonus award.[41]

2020 edit

Cannonier was scheduled to face former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker on March 7, 2020, at UFC 248.[42] However, on January 15, 2020, it was announced Whittaker pulled out of the bout for undisclosed reasons.[43]

Cannonier was slated to serve as a backup fighter for the UFC Middleweight Championship fight between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero at UFC 248 on March 7, 2020,[44] however, on February 14, 2020, Cannonier announced he had suffered a torn pectoral muscle and expects to be out of action for six months.[45]

Cannonier faced Robert Whittaker on October 24, 2020 at UFC 254.[46] Cannonier lost the fight via unanimous decision.[47] After the fight, Cannonier revealed in an Instagram post that he suffered a broken arm from a kick that Whittaker landed in the first round.[48]

2021 edit

Cannonier was scheduled to face Paulo Costa on August 21, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 29.[49] However, on June 4, Costa withdrew from the bout, claiming he never signed the bout agreement and had issues with his payment, while not confirming them as the reason for his withdrawal.[50][51] It was later confirmed that Kelvin Gastelum replaced Costa.[52] Cannonier won the fight via unanimous decision.[53]

2022 edit

As the first bout of his new six-fight contract, Cannonier was scheduled to face Derek Brunson on January 22, 2022, at UFC 270.[54][55] However, for undisclosed reasons the bout was moved to UFC 271 on February 12, 2022.[56] He won the fight via knockout in round two.[57] The win earned him a Performance of the Night bonus award.[58]

Cannonier faced Israel Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Championship on July 2, 2022, at UFC 276.[59] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[60]

Cannonier was scheduled to face Sean Strickland on October 15, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 212.[61] However, the bout was scrapped after Strickland withdrew due to a finger infection.[62] The pair was rebooked for UFC Fight Night 216 on December 17, 2022.[63] Cannonier won the fight via split decision.[64]

2023 edit

Cannonier faced Marvin Vettori on June 17, 2023 at UFC on ESPN 47.[65] Cannonier won the bout via unanimous decision, in the process setting the record for most significant strikes landed in a bout in UFC middleweight history with 241 significant strikes.[66] The win also earned Cannonier his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[67]

Cannonier was scheduled to face Roman Dolidze on December 2, 2023, at UFC on ESPN 52.[68] However, he suffered an MCL tear in October during training and was pulled from the bout.[69]

Personal life edit

Prior to embarking on a mixed martial arts career, Cannonier served in the United States Army. After three years of service, he was discharged from the army due to testing positive for marijuana, and worked as an air traffic controller in Alaska until being signed to the UFC.[70]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
23 matches 17 wins 6 losses
By knockout 10 2
By submission 2 0
By decision 5 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 17–6 Marvin Vettori Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Vettori vs. Cannonier June 17, 2023 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 16–6 Sean Strickland Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland December 17, 2022 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–6 Israel Adesanya Decision (unanimous) UFC 276 July 2, 2022 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 15–5 Derek Brunson KO (elbows) UFC 271 February 12, 2022 2 4:29 Houston, Texas, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 14–5 Kelvin Gastelum Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Cannonier vs. Gastelum August 21, 2021 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–5 Robert Whittaker Decision (unanimous) UFC 254 October 24, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 13–4 Jack Hermansson TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Cannonier September 28, 2019 2 0:27 Copenhagen, Denmark Performance of the Night.
Win 12–4 Anderson Silva TKO (leg kicks) UFC 237 May 11, 2019 1 4:47 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 11–4 David Branch TKO (punches) UFC 230 November 3, 2018 2 0:39 New York City, New York, United States Middleweight debut. Performance of the Night.
Loss 10–4 Dominick Reyes TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman May 19, 2018 1 2:55 Santiago, Chile
Loss 10–3 Jan Błachowicz Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos December 16, 2017 3 5:00 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 10–2 Nick Roehrick TKO (elbows) The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale July 7, 2017 3 2:08 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–2 Glover Teixeira Decision (unanimous) UFC 208 February 11, 2017 3 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States
Win 9–1 Ion Cuțelaba Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale December 3, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight debut. Fight of the Night.
Win 8–1 Cyril Asker KO (punches and elbows) UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos April 10, 2016 1 2:44 Zagreb, Croatia Performance of the Night.
Loss 7–1 Shawn Jordan KO (punches) UFC 182 January 3, 2015 1 2:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 Tony Lopez Decision (split) Alaska FC 104 January 22, 2014 5 5:00 Anchorage, Alaska, United States Won the AFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Jermaine Haughton TKO (punches) Alaska FC 102 October 16, 2013 1 1:50 Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Win 5–0 Stephen Waalkes Submission (rear-naked choke) AK Entertainment: Tuesday Night Fights April 30, 2013 2 2:02 Wasilla, Alaska, United States
Win 4–0 Joshua Ofiu TKO (punches) Alaska FC 97 February 13, 2013 1 2:56 Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Win 3–0 Matt Herringshaw TKO (submission to punches) Alaska FC: Tribute to Veterans October 28, 2011 1 0:29 Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Win 2–0 Jason Coomes Submission (armbar) Alaska FC 85 October 12, 2011 1 0:46 Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Win 1–0 Alton Prince TKO (punches) Midnight Sun Mayhem 1: Final Word June 19, 2011 1 N/A Fairbanks, Alaska, United States

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Pay-per-view bouts edit

No. Event Fight Date Venue City PPV Buys
1. UFC 276 Adesanya vs. Cannonier July 2, 2022 T-Mobile Arena Paradise, Nevada, United States Not Disclosed[75]

See also edit

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