UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Gastelum

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A pair of top-ranked middleweights looking to make their way to a shot at the belt headline UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Gastelum on Saturday from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Jared Cannonier makes his much anticipated return to the octagon after sustaining a broken arm in a loss to Robert Whitaker last time out and he’ll tangle with Kelvin Gastelum in the main event on the 12-bout UFC betting ticket. Odds for every fight on the card are available at BookMaker.eu.

While the fighters have differing styles they do have one thing in common – both are coming off a loss to Whitaker. Cannonier (13-5) lost for the first time as a middleweight getting outpointed last October. He also sustained an arm injury that prevented him from fighting until now. He should be well-rested, but he’s also vulnerable. Gastelum (17-7) also dropped a unanimous decision to Whitaker in April, his fourth defeat in his last five bouts. The skid started with a unanimous decision against Israel Adesanya in a middleweight title fight at UFC 236. Cannonier sits as the betting favorite at -145 with Gastelum priced at +115.

There is plenty at stake for both fighters with another loss putting them further down the pecking order in the division. While he’s still a top-10 contender, Gastelum is on the verge of falling out of the rankings and losing the chance to fight for the strap. He delivered a valiant effort in April filling in for Paulo Costa on short notice and going the distance with Whitaker. He steps in for Costa once again on Saturday hoping for a different result.

There’s a good chance the heavyweight bout between Parker Porter (11-6) and Chase Sherman (15-7) doesn’t go to the judges. The two were scheduled to face each other in April, but Porter withdrew and Sherman lost a decision to replacement Andrei Arlovski. The two have combined to finish 85 percent of their bouts before reaching the scorecards and there’s a good chance that happens on Saturday. Porter earned his first victory inside the octagon last time out and looks to build some momentum while climbing the ranks of the division.

There is sure to be plenty of action inside the octagon and even more at the betting window with 12 bouts scheduled to make up UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Gastelum on Saturday, August 21. The prelims get underway at 7 p.m. ET with the main card starting at 10 p.m. ET. All fights can be seen on ESPN and ESPN+. Betting options for every fight on the ticket are available at BookMaker.eu when you’re ready to make a wager.

UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Gastelum on Saturday, August 21. The prelims get underway at 7 p.m. ET with the main card starting at 10 p.m. ET. All fights can be seen on ESPN and ESPN+.

UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Gastelum Odds

Main Card

Kelvin Gastelum +115 vs. Jared Cannonier -145

Clay Guida +135 vs. Mark O. Madsen -170

Parker Porter+161 vs. Chase Sherman -205

Trevin Jones -145 vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov +115

Austin Hubbard -115 vs. Vinc Pichel -115

Brandon Royval +143 vs. Alexandre Pantoja -180

Prelims

Austin Lingo -105 vs. Luis Saldana -125

Domingo Pilarte +139 vs. Brian Kelleher -175

Josiane Nunes +124 vs. Bea Malecki -155

Fabio Cherant +150 vs. William Knight -190

Roosevelt Roberts -150 vs. Ignacio Bahamondes +120

Ramiz Brahimaj -130 vs. Sasha Palatnikov +100

Kelvin Gastelum +115 vs. Jared Cannonier -145

The two can swap stories about their most recent loss since it came against the same opponent in the same manner. Gastelum and Cannonier look to get back in the winner’s circle after losing a unanimous decision to Whitaker. There are several other storylines as well. Cannonier has gone nearly a year without fighting after breaking his arm in the last fight. And Gastelum has lost four of his last five bouts and is looking to remain among the top-10 in the middleweight rankings.

I guess the biggest question is can Cannonier return to form after a lengthy hiatus. Oddsmakers believe that’s possible since Cannonier won his first three fights as a middleweight with TKO’s over David Branch, Anderson Silva and Jack Hermansson, and is the betting favorite. This is the third different weight class for Cannonier over his UFC career, though the middleweight seems to fit him best. He also has a reach and height advantage that will prevent Gastelum from using his superior grappling technique.

UFC Prediction: Jared Cannonier / TKO

Clay Guida +135 vs. Mark O. Madsen -170

If experience can win a fight the advantage in this co-main event lightweight tussle belongs to Guida (36-17). A veteran of 53 wars, Guida certainly has experience on his side. That hasn’t always resulted in wins, though. Guida is just 16-14 in his UFC career and got back in the win column last time out with a unanimous decision over Michael Johnson. A 2016 Olympic medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, Madsen is comfortable on the ground and has enjoyed plenty of success with his fighting style.

Undefeated in 10 professional fights, including two inside the octagon, Madsen faces the most difficult test of his career. You can’t argue with Madsen’s toughness. He sustained a broken jaw in his last fight out pointing Austin Hubbard to keep his perfect record intact. “This is exactly why I’m in the UFC. I want to be pushed. I want to fight the best,” he said. Be careful what you wish for.

UFC Prediction: Clay Guida / Decision