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UFC 271 live blog: Jared Cannonier vs. Derek Brunson

Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson at UFC 271
Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson will clash on the UFC 271 main card Saturday.
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This is the UFC 271 live blog for Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson on the main card of UFC 271 at Toyota Center in Houston. It will be a middleweight bout.

Cannonier, the No. 6 ranked middleweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings, is a former heavyweight who has found his stride since dropping down to 185 pounds. He’s 4-1 in the division with his lone loss coming in a competitive fight with Robert Whittaker in 2020. Perhaps most important, though, is that middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has said he’d like to face Cannonier at some point. A win tonight could set up that fight should Adesanya defend his belt.

Brunson, meanwhile, is looking to upset those plans and finally grab a middleweight title shot of his own. A staple of the division since 2012, Brunson has put together his second five-fight winning streak inside the UFC to climb to No. 4 in the rankings. A win tonight will almost certainly punch his ticket to a title shot.

Check out the UFC 271 live blog.