The UFC Battle Evening principal occasion between Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday evening in Las Vegas is a pivotal one within the 185-pound division. The winner will stay a prime contender, whereas the loser will slide down the rankings. ESPN has Cannonier ranked No. 5 at middleweight. Gastelum is at present unranked, however he additionally has given champion Israel Adesanya arguably the hardest check at middleweight of Adesanya’s UFC profession.Cannonier (13-4) would have earned a title shot with a win in his earlier bout, however he fell to former champ Robert Whittaker by way of unanimous resolution in October. The Texas native, who fights out of Arizona, was on a three-fight successful streak previous to that loss. Cannonier, 37, is considered one of solely two males (Conor McGregor being the opposite) to win by way of KO/TKO in three totally different UFC divisions. He began his UFC run at heavyweight, then moved to gentle heavyweight and now competes at middleweight.All fights from UFC Battle Evening: Cannonier vs. Gastelum can be found to observe on ESPN+.• Jared Cannonier vs. Kelvin Gastelum• Clay Guida vs. Mark O. Madsen• Chase Sherman vs. Parker Porter• Saidyokub Kakhramonov vs. Trevin Jones• Vinc Pichel vs. Austin Hubbard• Alexandre Pantoja vs. Brandon Royval• Austin Lingo vs. Luis Saldana• Brian Kelleher vs. Domingo Pilarte• Bea Malecki vs. Josiane Nunes• William Knight vs. Fabio Cherant• Roosevelt Roberts vs. Ignacio Bahamondes• Sasha Palatnikov vs. Ramiz BrahimajWatch the entire card on ESPN+
Gastelum (16-7, 1 NC) has come from the opposite course, starting his UFC profession as a welterweight prospect after successful the Final Fighter middleweight crown in 2013. The California native moved to middleweight after struggles on the dimensions in 2016 and emerged as a contender, going through Adesanya for the interim title in 2019. It was a shedding effort, however it was an all-action bout that was maybe the perfect of that 12 months. Gastelum, 29, has misplaced 4 of his previous 5 fights, together with that barnburner towards Adesanya.Within the co-main occasion, undefeated wrestling standout Mark O. Madsen meets wily veteran Clay Guida. Madsen (10-0), a 36-year-old from Denmark, is a former Olympic silver medalist in Greco Roman wrestling. Guida (36-20), a 39-year-old combating out of California’s Group Alpha Male, snapped a two-fight shedding streak in his previous bout. Guida is a 15-year UFC veteran and his combat with Diego Sanchez is within the UFC Corridor of Fame.Additionally on the cardboard, Alexandre Pantoja takes on Brandon Royval in an essential flyweight contender matchup, Chase Sherman faces Parker Porter in a battle of heavyweight sluggers and grizzled veteran Vinc Pichel meets the up-and-coming Austin Hubbard in a light-weight scrap.Battle in progress:Middleweight: Jared Cannonier (13-5, 6-5 UFC, -140) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (17-7 1 NC, 11-7 1 NC UFC, +120)Outcomes:Light-weight: Mark O. Madsen (10-0, 3-0 UFC) defeats Clay Guida (36-18, 16-15 UFC) by break up decisionNot all people agreed with the choice, however Mark Madsen did sufficient to tug out the victory with the judges. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC by way of Getty ImagesDo not agree with that call— michael (@bisping) August 22, 2021 Recap to return.Heavyweight: Parker Porter (12-6, 2-1 UFC) defeats Chase Sherman (15-8, 1-2 UFC) by unanimous decisionFor an enormous man, Parker Porter fought at a powerful tempo. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC by way of Getty ImagesThe barrel-chested Porter does not appear to be the form of heavyweight who can go three laborious rounds. Then once more, it is higher to not decide a e book by its cowl.Porter was the more energizing, extra sturdy fighter all through in a unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) win over Sherman. Porter mentioned he wished to make use of extra takedowns, however Sherman did effectively in defending. So, Porter went to Plan B — utilizing his stress, punching combos and leg kicks to put on Sherman down. It labored.👊 @Parker_Porter turning up the tempo! #UFCVegas34 pic.twitter.com/EmBpRn4eZ1— UFC (@ufc) August 22, 2021 “The thought was to simply push the tempo, chop the legs,” Porter mentioned in his postfight interview. “I’ve these massive, sturdy legs.”Porter landed his proper hand at will, particularly within the second and third rounds. Sherman had moments, damaging Porter’s lead leg with kicks early on. However he by no means appeared to capitalize on these efforts and Porter took management late.Porter, 36, has gained two straight and 4 of his final 5. The Connecticut native is the previous Actuality Combating heavyweight champion. Sherman, a 31-year-old from Mississippi, has dropped two straight following a four-fight successful streak.– RaimondiWatch this combat on ESPN+.Males’s bantamweight: Saidyokub Kakhramonov (9-2, 1-0 UFC) defeats Trevin Jones (13-7 1 NC, 1-1 1 NC UFC) by third-round submissionSaidyokub Kakhramonov seized a possibility to seize Trevin Jones’ neck to win his third in a row. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC by way of Getty ImagesThere was lower than half a minute to go in his UFC debut, and Kakhramonov had been trapped towards the cage for half of the ultimate spherical. Unable to provide any offense, he was in peril of getting the combat slip away.Then, as Jones made a bid to take him down and left his neck uncovered, Kakhramonov seized his alternative — his ultimate alternative — and sunk in a standing guillotine choke that produced a dramatic end at 4:39 of the spherical.Wow! This Uzbek child is future! #UFCVegas34— GIGA CHIKADZE (@giga_chikadze) August 22, 2021 The 25-year-old from Uzbekistan, who fights out of Irvine, California, has gained three in a row. He was a late alternative introduced in simply this week and missed weight on Friday.”You guys noticed me on 4 days’ discover,” mentioned Kakhramonov. “Give me an eight-week camp. I can take out the champ, too.”Jones, a 31-year-old from Guam, noticed a three-fight successful streak come to an finish.– WagenheimWatch this combat on ESPN+.Light-weight: Vinc Pichel (14-2, 7-2 UFC) defeats Austin Hubbard (13-6, 3-4 UFC) by unanimous decisionVinc Pichel notched his third consecutive win. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC by way of Getty ImagesPichel threw winging, laborious punches that slammed towards Hubbard’s head. Hubbard fired again and clipped Pichel with a knee out of a Thai clinch. The ending sequence was the epitome of what was a struggle of attrition between the 2 males — and it introduced UFC president Dana White, who was sitting cageside, to his ft.In the long run, whereas Hubbard put forth a heck of an effort, Pichel had captured a unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) victory.”I am nonetheless a canine, so simply come right here and combat like that,” Pichel mentioned in his postfight interview.Slugging ’til the ultimate bell 🔔 #[email protected] 💥 @austinhubb155 pic.twitter.com/6NoFSDLXjW— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 22, 2021 Hubbard had some success early along with his placing. He seemed to be extra technical than Pichel, at the very least early. However Pichel mentioned his sport plan was to “out footwork” Hubbard, and that began paying dividends within the second and third rounds. Pichel turned the bout into extra of a brawl, hurting Hubbard with a mix within the second spherical and following up with an enormous elbow.Within the third, it was extra of the identical. Pichel was the more energizing fighter and landed the more durable pictures. He outscrambled Hubbard on the bottom and bought on prime after which bought up later after a Hubbard takedown. The bout completed with each males throwing haymakers, becoming for such a grueling battle.Pichel, 38, has gained three in a row and 7 of his final eight. The California native, who now fights out of Manufacturing facility X in Colorado, known as out Gregor Gillespie afterward. Gillespie is the one man to defeat Pichel since 2012. Hubbard, a 29-year-old Illinois native combating out of Elevation Battle Group in Colorado, has alternated wins and losses over his final eight bouts.– RaimondiWatch this combat on ESPN+.Flyweight: Alexandre Pantoja (24-5, 8-3 UFC) defeats Brandon Royval (12-6, 2-2 UFC) by second-round submissionAlexandre Pantoja sunk in a decisive choke within the second spherical. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC by way of Getty ImagesFor the entire first spherical and for so long as it lasted within the second, this tussle of top-10 flyweights was fought at a fast-forward tempo, because the 125-pounders typically do.Pantoja seized an early benefit however needed to grasp on, as Royval surged into management and threatened a submission late in Spherical 1. Then, within the second spherical, Pantoja took benefit throughout a grappling scramble and locked in a rear-naked choke to get the win.Pantoja’s BJJ is pound for pound high-level. And as I kind this we see Pantoja end a RNC on Royval. Rattling, hoped Brandon would win. Nice combat and large win for Pantoja #UFCVegas34— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) August 22, 2021 The 31-year-old Brazilian fighter, who’s No. 7 within the ESPN males’s flyweight rankings, has gained three of his previous 5 fights. This one was massive, with UFC champion Brandon Moreno within the constructing.Pantoja, who owns a 2018 victory over Moreno and likewise a win over him in an exhibition on The Final Fighter, known as out the champ — respectfully.”The primary time I win [over] him, on TUF, he come again to UFC, make a bonus and all the things,” Pantoja mentioned. “And the second time I win [over] him in a combat, he come again like a champ. However now’s my time, Moreno, OK? I see you in December. Is December good for you? If it is good for you, it is good for me too.”The ninth-ranked Royval, who’s 29 and from Englewood, Colorado, misplaced in November to Moreno, who would go on to win the belt.– WagenheimWatch this combat on ESPN+.Males’s featherweight: Austin Lingo (9-1, 2-1 UFC) defeats Luis Saldana (15-7, 1-1 UFC) by unanimous decisionAustin Lingo dropped the primary spherical, however earned the win within the subsequent two frames. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLCIn the primary spherical, it seemed like Saldana would win going away. However Lingo was having none of it.Lingo rallied within the second and third rounds to beat Saldana by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) in a gutty efficiency. Saldana gained the primary spherical with trendy kicks and punching combos, opening up bloody cuts on Lingo’s face. However Lingo upped the stress late and stole the outcome.Lingo with the late knockdown! [ #UFCVegas34 | Prelims are LIVE on ESPN2 & @ESPNPlus] pic.twitter.com/5gagHlPMA5— UFC (@ufc) August 22, 2021 Saldana seemed just like the much better fighter early on. He had lovely kicks and a easy placing fashion. Saldana landed good kicks to the physique, head and legs, plus used his boxing effectively. Lingo, although, was undeterred. His coach, Sayif Saud of Fortis MMA, advised him earlier than the second spherical to get proper in Saldana’s face. He did so, selecting up the tempo and never giving Saldana any house. From inside, Lingo landed massive punches to the top and physique, plus leg kicks.By the top of the second, Saldana was clearly drained and feeling the results of pictures to the physique and legs. Lingo landed a proper hand to the physique that dropped Saldana, and that each one however sealed the win.Lingo, 27, has gained two in a row after dropping his UFC debut to Youssef Zalal in February 2020. The Texan was undefeated earlier than the loss to Zalal and appears like a troublesome out at bantamweight transferring ahead attributable to his guile and sturdiness. Saldana, a 30-year-old combating out of Arizona, had a five-fight successful streak snapped.– RaimondiWatch this combat on ESPN+.Males’s bantamweight: Brian Kelleher (23-12, 7-5 UFC) defeats Domingo Pilarte (8-3 1 NC, 0-2 1 NC UFC) by unanimous decisionBrian Kelleher known as out Sean O’Malley after dealing with Domingo Pilarte. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLCThe combat was delayed by practically three years. When it lastly got here, Kelleher wasted no time in getting his palms on Pilarte.Kelleher got here throughout the cage with a goal at first of the combat and instantly took Pilarte to the canvas, then beat him up for the remainder of the spherical. The identical state of affairs performed out within the subsequent two rounds as effectively, from the fast takedowns to the unrelenting beatdowns. He did not get the end, however Kelleher was a transparent winner.And that is the underside line… @steveaustinBSR https://t.co/j5H3wbaK2X— Brian BOOM Kelleher (@brianboom135) August 22, 2021 All three judges scored the bout 30-27 for the 34-year-old from Selden, New York, who landed 245 floor strikes throughout 12 minutes, 26 seconds of floor management.”Not probably the most thrilling combat for lots of people, however a sensible combat from me,” mentioned Kelleher, who got here in having misplaced two of his final three. “Wanted the large W.”Kelleher known as out Sean O’Malley afterward.Pilarte, who’s 31 from Houston, had not fought in over two years, when he misplaced a break up resolution to Filipe Colares in his UFC debut. He initially was scheduled to debut towards Kelleher in November 2018.– WagenheimWatch this combat on ESPN+.Ladies’s bantamweight: Josiane Nunes (8-1, 1-0 UFC) defeats Bea Malecki (4-1, 2-1 UFC) by first-round KOWilliam Knight silenced some critics with a vicious first-round KO. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLCNunes was giving up seven inches of top. Irrespective of.Regardless of the large measurement distinction, Nunes was in a position to get inside on Malecki at will. And she or he crushed her with an enormous overhand left to complete issues by way of knockout at 4:54 of the primary spherical.WOOOOW! WELCOME TO THE UFC Josiane Nunes!!! [#UFCVegas34 | Prelims are LIVE on ESPN2 & @ESPNPlus] pic.twitter.com/lRpjDI7nOx— UFC (@ufc) August 22, 2021 Nunes swarmed Malecki from the start with massive combos. The southpaw used a Superman punch along with her left to get and let unfastened with barrages of punches. Malecki was by no means in a position to maintain Nunes at distance along with her attain benefit with any consistency.Malecki did land a pleasant head kick and a spinning again elbow. However Nunes weathered these blows, continued to return ahead and at last landed the knockout blow — and it was a violent one. Malecki dropped to the canvas in ugly style when the left hand related.Nunes, 27, was making her UFC debut. The Brazil native has gained seven straight fights general and her solely profession loss got here towards fellow UFC roster member Taila Santos approach again in 2013. Malecki, a 29-year-old Sweden native, had a two-fight UFC successful streak snapped.– RaimondiWatch this combat on ESPN+.Mild Heavyweight: William Knight (10-2, 3-1 UFC) defeats Fabio Cherant (7-3, 0-2 UFC) by first-round KOA seven-inch measurement drawback did not cease Josiane Nunes. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLCKnight gained a feisty battle of New Englanders by ready for his opponent to return to him, then making that foe want he hadn’t.Cherant had discovered a house for a few overhand punches and had simply missed with a number of others. The 26-year-old from Wrentham, Massachusetts, was emboldened, so he moved ahead with strikes and landed one. Then he fell face-forward to the canvas.”How’d you get the nickname @Knightmare205?” 😰 #UFCVegas34 pic.twitter.com/jzdrhBvydv— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 22, 2021 Knight, who’s 33 and from East Hartford, Connecticut, absorbed the punch and clipped his oncoming opponent with a brief left hook that dropped him. As Cherant lay immobile on the canvas, referee Chris Tognoni jumped in to finish it at 3:58.Knight got here into the combat sad with Cherant for suggesting he has no placing abilities. “I ate an overhand and threw my left hook,” mentioned Knight. “It’s what it’s. You converse on what you do not see. However that is probably the most harmful factor.”Knight has gained three of his final 4. Cherant has misplaced each of his UFC bouts.– WagenheimWatch this combat on ESPN+.Light-weight: Ignacio Bahamondes (12-4, 1-1 UFC) defeats Roosevelt Roberts (10-3 1 NC, 4-3 1 NC UFC) by third-round KOplay1:08Ignacio Bahamondes sends Roosevelt Roberts to the mat with an epic spinning kick it’s a must to see to imagine.The UFC may need a bona fide blue-chip prospect on its palms from Latin America.Bahamondes blasted Roberts with a spinning again kick knockout at 4:55 of the third and ultimate spherical after a powerful efficiency all through. Bahamondes seemed worse for put on — his face was coated in blood — however he was the extra aggressive and efficient fighter in every spherical. The spinning again kick end was one of many 12 months’s finest KOs.Woooow with 6 seconds left lands the KO of the 12 months!!!#ufcVegas— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) August 22, 2021 “I do know I hit him within the physique a few occasions,” Bahamondes mentioned in his postfight interview. “I used to be attempting to throw the spinning heel kick to his physique and get his consideration down. … Thank God I bought it.”Bahamondes went to the physique with kicks in each spherical. He additionally blended in a ton of quantity along with his palms within the type of boxing combos. Roberts had some moments, too. He landed a tough right-hand counter within the first spherical and an enormous uppercut within the second. Bahamondes, although, poured it on with punches in bunches and completed with an absolute flourish.Bahamondes, who’s simply 23 years previous, picked up his first UFC victory. The Chile native trains out of Chicago with extremely regarded placing coach Mike Valle. Roberts, a 27-year-old Miami native combating out of California, is winless in three straight.– RaimondiWatch this combat on ESPN+.Welterweight: Ramiz Brahimaj (9-3, 1-1 UFC) defeats Sasha Palatnikov (6-4, 1-2 UFC) by first-round submissionplay1:12Sasha Palatnikov refuses to faucet out, however it’s too little too late as Ramiz Brahimaj forces Palatnikov to exit chilly.Brahimaj earned his first UFC victory with environment friendly urgency, getting a takedown 20 seconds into the combat, shortly transferring into half guard, then full mount and clamping on a rear-naked choke to get the end two minutes, 33 seconds into the combat. All 9 of his profession wins have come by submission.Ramiz is a beast! Heavy palms and a brutally offensive floor sport! Nice combat to kickoff this combat card. Let’s go!!! #UFCVegas34— Alex Morono (@alexmoronomma) August 21, 2021 The 28-year-old native of the Bronx, New York, now combating out of Fortis MMA in Dallas, misplaced his UFC debut final November by physician stoppage. However this time it was a referee who stopped the combat, as Palatnikov went unconscious after attempting to combat off the choke.Palatnikov, 32, who was born in Hong Kong and fights out of Las Vegas, is 1-2 within the UFC.– WagenheimWatch this combat on ESPN+.