The fight is a must-win for the middleweight standouts, who are both coming off recent losses. Cannonier suffered a decision loss to ex-champ Robert Whittaker in his previous outing at UFC 254. Not only that, he suffered a broken arm in the fight and was sidelined as he recovered from his first loss in his past four fights. UFC champ Israel Adesanya has named him as a future contender, but without a win over Gastelum, he faces an uncertain future.
Gastelum, meanwhile, has already fought Adesanya, going to the scorecards in a “Fight of the Year” effort for the interim title in April 2019. Since then, he’s continued to struggle with a 1-3 record, most recently a decision loss to Whittaker.
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