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Morning Report: Jared Cannonier Eager for Rematch with Sean Strickland

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In a surprising turn of events, the middleweight division of the UFC has been injected with new life following Sean Strickland’s recent title victory at UFC 293. Israel Adesanya, the former dominant champion in the 185-pound division, appeared to be running out of worthy challengers, having faced and defeated multiple opponents repeatedly. However, Strickland’s emergence as the new sheriff in town has not only breathed fresh air into the division but also painted a big target on his back.

Jared Cannonier, at the age of 39, stands as the last man to have defeated the current champion. He secured a closely-fought split decision victory over “Tarzan” just this past December. Following that triumph, the “Killa Gorilla” delivered a record-setting performance against Marvin Vettori in June. Cannonier showcased his striking prowess, landing a staggering 241 significant strikes over five rounds, setting a new middleweight record. As a result of his impressive win, Cannonier was designated as the backup fighter for the Adesanya vs. Strickland showdown in Sydney, Australia, this past weekend, and he is now clamoring for the opportunity he believes he rightfully deserves.

In a characteristically bold statement on Instagram, Cannonier declared, “If you’re a true hand-to-hand combat fan like me and not in it for the (clown) ass actors and their theatrics, then you know this is the fight to make. I beat the champ and got two checks to prove it. He wasn’t walking me down screaming in my face either. Nobody does that to me. The only other MW to beat him has ascended. He fought him differently than he fought me as well. On top of that, he said it himself that he ‘fought like a b****,’ so here’s your chance to redeem your man card, @strickland_mma_. Let’s actually do the man dance, brother. P.S. I was high as hell on that poster.”

While it’s still too early to predict the UFC’s direction for its new outspoken and fearless middleweight champion, one thing is clear: there are plenty of options on the table. UFC President Dana White has hinted at the possibility of an instant rematch with Adesanya. Top contender Dricus Du Plessis is also staking his claim for a shot at the title. Additionally, the matchup between Paulo Costa and Khamzat Chimaev next month holds significant implications for the division. Cannonier himself is riding a two-fight win streak, starting with his victory over Strickland.

Cannonier’s record at 185 pounds stands at an impressive 7-2, with his only losses coming at the hands of former champions Adesanya and Robert Whittaker, both via unanimous decisions. His bout against Adesanya remains his sole bid for UFC gold in his 23-fight career (17-6).

In this rapidly evolving landscape, the future of the middleweight division promises excitement and fierce competition. As fans eagerly await the next steps, one thing is certain: Jared Cannonier is determined to secure his shot at redemption and cement his place as a dominant force in the division.


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The middleweight division has taken an exciting turn with Sean Strickland’s rise to the top. While Dricus Du Plessis is the rightful next contender, the presence of Jared Cannonier, Israel Adesanya, and the upcoming Costa vs. Chimaev matchup creates a tantalizing mix of possibilities. As the division’s landscape continues to evolve, fans can look forward to thrilling matchups and fierce competition.

Happy Friday to all, and enjoy the weekend of combat sports action! Thanks for reading!

Who would win the rematch?

  • Sean Strickland
  • Jared Cannonier

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Rematch

Question: Who is Jared Cannonier, and why does he want a rematch with Sean Strickland?

Answer: Jared Cannonier is a seasoned middleweight MMA fighter who defeated Sean Strickland in a closely contested split decision. He seeks a rematch with Strickland to prove himself as the rightful contender for the middleweight title after Strickland’s recent victory.

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1 comment

MMAFan87 September 16, 2023 - 2:49 am

hey, jared vs strickland, gr8 fight to happen! i want cannonier 2 win, he got skills.


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