Cannonier (13-4) is on a three-fight win streak after a two-fight skid. He has defeated David Branch (second-round TKO), Anderson Silva (first-round TKO) and Jack Hermansson (second-round TKO) in his past three fights.
The fight carries potential title implications. Current champion Israel Adesanya wants to face Cannonier if former champ Whittaker falls. It’s unclear what the future holds for Whittaker in the event he stops Cannonier’s momentum. The Aussie champ’s only loss at middleweight is against Adesanya, who most recently stopped Paulo Costa and called his shot on the next title defense.
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