The revival match given to the ‘two dropouts’

The two players who collapsed on the threshold of the title are aiming for a comeback.

UFC Fight Night: Cannoneer vs. Strickland will be held on the 18th (Korean time) at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. As it was the last tournament of the year, the hot strikers were in charge of the main event. 

‘Killer Gorilla’ Cannoneer is the first UFC slugger to record a KO in three weight classes. Originally a 136kg giant, Cannoneer made his UFC debut in 2015 as a heavyweight (120kg). However, Canonier, who was relatively small, went on a diet to achieve his success, and made his debut at light heavyweight and then middleweight in three years. 

After his middleweight debut, he went on an upward trajectory, knocking out UFC legend Anderson Silva with a leg kick. He has won 4 of his 5 middleweight fights by knockout, with strong power inherited from the heavyweight division. He finally challenged then-champion Israel Adesanya last July and lost by decision. 

At Media Day held on the 15th, Cannoneer said, “The wounds in my heart still hurt. But I don’t focus on the negative. I only focus on the positive.” 

Although he failed in his first challenge, the challenge continues. This is because Pereira defeated Adesanya to become the new champion. Cannoneer, who has never fought Ferreira, believes he will have a chance soon. 

“Me and Robert Whittaker are candidates for the next title,” Cannoneer said. 

Contrary to this, Strickland is a volume striker who has risen from welterweight. Throws a jab and a one-two, advancing infinitely to encroach on the opponent. After advancing to middleweight, his skills were in full bloom and he won 5 consecutive victories. 

However, in the title challenger match, he met Alex Pereira and lost by KO in the first round. Instead of attacking MMA novice Pereira’s ground weakness, he was fiercely oxidized after attacking from the front. 

However, as Pereira has a clear weakness on the ground, the champion can change at any time. If Strickland wins this time and beats a top-five opponent once again, the chance could come anytime.

Strickland, who was fighting the KO artist once again, joked, “I don’t want to go behind bars with this guy.”  메이저놀이터

Then, they launched a smoke screen operation that said there was no operation. “I haven’t thought about the operation yet,” Strickland said. “Maybe takedowns, maybe kickboxing, maybe boxing. I don’t know.” 

Meanwhile, in the co-main event, Arman Sarukian (26, Armenia-Russia), ranked 9th in the lightweight ranking, and Damir Ismagulov (31, Russia), 12th, clash. Both of them have excellent skills compared to the rankings to the extent that they are being mentioned as candidates for the next champion.  

UFC Fight Night: Cannoneer vs Strickland main card will be broadcast live on TVING and tvN SPORTS from 9:00 am on Sunday, December 18th.