Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson UFC fight info, date and time
Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson is set to go down at UFC 271: Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 at 11:00pm EST on Saturday 12th February 2022 in a 185lbs matchup.
Jared Cannonier bounced back from a defeat against Robert Whittaker with a unanimous decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum. Cannonier is 4-1 in his UFC Middleweight career with 3 knockouts.
Derek Brunson has been on a tear since his loss to Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in 2018, winning 5 fights on the bounce. Brunson submitted Darren Till in his last fight and earned notable victories over Kevin Holland and Edmen Shabazhyan in the last 18 months.
Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson betting odds
Jared Cannonier opened with betting odds of -190. Placing a bet on Cannonier means you would need to bet $190 in order to win $100.
Derek Brunson is a +165 betting underdog. If you bet $100 on Brunson then you would win $165.
Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson was initially scheduled to take place at UFC 270 on January 22nd, 2022.
However, the fight was rebooked for UFC 271 on February 12th, 2022. The bout will take place on the main card of the PPV event.
Jared Cannonier has impressed in his 5 UFC Middleweight fights since making the move down from Light Heavyweight. Other than a decision loss to Robert Whittaker, Cannonier has won 4 at 185lbs including 3 knockouts.
His last Octagon outing was a unanimous decision win over Kelvin Gastelum. While closely edging the scorecards 48-47, 18 out of 19 major media outlet picks had Cannonier winning the fight.
Derek Brunson is on a 5-fight win streak after submitting Darren Till in his last fight. Brunson hasn’t lost a fight for over 3 years since a TKO loss to Israel Adesanya in 2018.
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During his current win streak, Brunson has also defeated Edmen Shabazhyan, Ian Heinisch, Kevin Holland and Elias Theodorou. He has fought several notable names over his UFC career, including Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero and Lyoto Machida.
How they match up
Derek Brunson is 6”1 while Cannonier is 5”10, although both fighters have a similar reach. Their finishing rates are also similar at 70% and 79% respectively.
Brunson is the more experienced fighter with 30 professional fights to Cannonier’s 19 fights. He is also a year older than Cannonier at 38 years old.
The stats show that Brunson loves a takedown, with an average of 3.12 TD’s per 15 minutes compared to Cannonier who lands an average of 0.12 TD’s.
Reasons to watch
This fight is almost unanimously considered as a Middleweight title eliminator. Pitting #3 vs #4, the winner can expect a shot at the championship which will be contested later on the same night.
Cannonier and Brunson possess extreme power in their hands, with several notable knockouts in the careers of both fighters. How Cannonier counters Brunson’s grappling game, should he choose to shoot for the takedown, will also be an intriguing chess match.
A shot at the UFC Middleweight championship is on the line. A loss for either fighter would push them to the back of the queue.
Brunson has fought 19 times in the UFC since joining the promotion in 2012. Frequently referred to as a ‘gatekeeper’, Brunson has gotten close to a title shot but never quite made it. He is now one fight away from getting his chance at the belt.
Cannonier would likely have gotten his shot at the title were it not for dropping a decision to Robert Whittaker in 2020. Cannonier is 4-1 at 185lbs and will feel that a win over Brunson should all-but-guarantee a championship fight.
Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson predictions
The oddsmakers’ predictions have Jared Cannonier as the betting favorite with -190 odds.
Cannonier’s prediction is that Brunson will resort to his grappling to win:
“Pretty much, his only means of victory is to impose his wrestling.”
Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson picks
Former Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker believes Cannonier will take the victory:
“I think Cannonier is a tough dude, he hits hard, he’s got good eyes and he’s got excellent wrestling takedown defense.”
On James Lynch’s ‘Pro Picks’ feature, MMA professional picks were split down the middle at 8-8.
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Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson tale of the tape
- 1 year age gap: Cannonier is the younger fighter at 37 years old.
- No reach advantage for either fighter. Both fighters measure in with a 77 inch reach.
- Significant experience difference: Brunson has 11 more professional MMA fights than Cannonier.
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MMA record breakdown: Common opponents for Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson
The two fighters share 2 common opponents throughout their professional careers; Robert Whittaker and Anderson Silva.
Jared Cannonier has the better record against the shared opposition, at 1-1 to Derek Brunson’s record of 0-2
|Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson|
Loss • Decision R3 5:00
vs. Robert Whittaker
Loss • KO/TKO R1 4:07
|Anderson Silva vs Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson|
Win • KO/TKO R1 4:47
vs. Anderson Silva
Loss • Decision R3 5:00
Jared “Killa Gorilla” Cannonier fighter profile and recent form
Jared Cannonier is a 37 year old male fighter from United States with 14 pro wins and 5 losses. See Jared Cannonier’s full MMA record.
Jared Cannonier has a 79% finish rate, including 8 by knockout, 3 by submission, 3 by decision.
Jared Cannonier is looking to put together a winning streak, having last beaten Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Gastelum.
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Last 5 bouts
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Derek Brunson fighter profile and recent form
Derek Brunson is a 38 year old male fighter from United States with 23 pro wins and 7 losses. See Derek Brunson’s full MMA record.
Derek Brunson has a 70% finish rate, including 11 by knockout, 5 by submission, 7 by decision.
Derek Brunson is currently riding a 5 fight win streak.
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Last 5 bouts
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Who is fighting tonight in the UFC?
Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson is set to go down at UFC 271 – Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2. The fight is expected to start at around 11:00pm EST on Saturday 12th February 2022.
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