Jared Christopher "JC" Cannonier (born March 16, 1984 in Dallas, Texas) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently fights in the Middleweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of June 14, 2021, he is #3 in the UFC middleweight rankings.
|Born||Jared Christopher Cannonier|
March 16, 1984
Dallas, Texas, United States
|Other names||The Killa Gorilla|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
Light Heavyweight (2016–2018)
|Reach||77+1⁄2 in (197 cm) |
|Fighting out of||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Team||Legacy Jiu Jitsu Alaska |
MMA LAB (2017–present)
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
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.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
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, 2014. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
After an 18-month long layoff, Cannonier returned to face Cyril Asker on April 10, 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos. He defeated Asker by knockout due to a combination of elbows and punches. The win also earned Cannonier his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
In his third fight for the promotion, Cannonier moved down a weight class to the light heavyweight division. He faced Ion Cuțelaba on December 3, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale. Cannonier won the fight by unanimous decision. The bout also won Cannonier his second consecutive bonus award as he and Cuțelaba won Fight of the Night.
Cannonier was expected to face Steve Bossé on July 7, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale. However, Bossé was removed from the fight just days before the event and was replaced by promotional newcomer Nick Roehrick. Cannonier won the fight via TKO in the third round.
Cannonier was expected to face Antônio Rogério Nogueira on December 16, 2017 at UFC on Fox 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. Cannonier would face Jan Błachowicz instead. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Cannonier was expected to face Alessio Di Chirico in a middleweight bout on November 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 140. However, it was reported on October 19, 2018 that Cannonier would face David Branch at UFC 230 instead. He won the fight via technical knockout in round two. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Cannonier faced former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva on May 11, 2019 at UFC 237. He won the fight via TKO in the first round after a kick to Silva's right leg rendered him unable to continue.
Cannonier faced Jack Hermansson on September 28, 2019 in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 18. He was victorious via second-round TKO. The win also earned Cannonier his third Performance of the Night bonus award.
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, however, on February 14, 2020, Cannonier announced he had suffered a torn pectoral muscle and expects to be out of action for six months.
Cannonier faced Robert Whittaker on October 24, 2020 at UFC 254. Cannonier lost the fight via unanimous decision. 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.
Cannonier was scheduled to face Paulo Costa on August 21, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 29. However on June 4, Costa withdrew from the bout due to unknown reasons. Costa later claimed he never signed the bout agreement and issues with his payment, while not confirming them as the reason for his withdrawal. It was later confirmed that Kelvin Gastelum will be replacing Costa.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||13 wins||5 losses|
|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 Fighting Championship 104||January 22, 2014||5||5:00||Anchorage, Alaska, United States|
|Win||6–0||Jermaine Haughton||TKO (punches)||Alaska Fighting Championship 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 Fighting Championship 97||February 13, 2013||1||2:56||Anchorage, Alaska, United States|
|Win||3–0||Matt Herringshaw||TKO (submission to punches)||Alaska Cage Fighting: Tribute to Veterans||October 28, 2011||1||0:29||Fairbanks, Alaska, United States|
|Win||2–0||Jason Coomes||Submission (armbar)||Alaska Fighting Championship 97||October 12, 2011||1||0:46||Anchorage, Alaska, United States|
|Win||1–0||Alton Prince||TKO (punches)||Midnight Sun Mayhem 1||June 19, 2011||1||N/A||Fairbanks, Alaska, United States|
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- Jared Cannonier sees exodus of former middleweight contenders as rebirth of the division
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