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Who won Cannonier vs Gastelum?
Jared Cannonier beat Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC Vegas 34, on Saturday 21st August 2021 at UFC APEX in Enterprise.
The scorecards were announced as 48-47, 48-47, 48-47 in favor of winner Jared Cannonier.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Cannonier vs Gastelum stats
Jared Cannonier stepped into the ring with a record of 13 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 2 by submission.
Kelvin Gastelum made his way to the ring with a record of 16 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 4 by submission.
The stats suggested Cannonier had a massive power advantage over Gastelum, boasting at 69% knock out percentage over Gastelum's 38%.
Jared Cannonier was the older man by 8 years, at 38 years old.
Cannonier had a height advantage of 2 inches over Gastelum. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Cannonier was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 4 less fights, and made his debut in 2011, 6 months later than Gastelum, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 24 less professional rounds, 42 to Gastelum's 66.
Cannonier vs Gastelum form
Jared Cannonier had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Robert Whittaker at UFC 254 on 24th October 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had defeated Jack Hermansson at UFC on ESPN+ 18 on 28th September 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Going into that contest, he had beat Anderson Silva at UFC 237 on 11th May 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Before that, he had won against David Branch at UFC 230 on 3rd November 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
He had been beaten by Dominick Reyes at UFC Fight Night 129 on 19th May 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile.
Kelvin Gastelum had beaten 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Robert Whittaker at UFC Vegas 24 on 17th April 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Ian Heinisch at UFC 258 on 13th February 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Island 2 on 18th July 2020 by submission in the 1st round at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Before that, he had been beaten by Darren Till at UFC 244 on 2nd November 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
He had lost to Israel Adesanya at UFC 236 on 13th April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at State Farm Arena, Atlanta.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Kelvin Gastelum had been fighting more than Jared Cannonier.
Going to this contest, Jared Cannonier had last fought 1 year and 8 months ago, while Kelvin Gastelum's last outing had been 1 year, 2 months and 7 days ago.
Cannonier's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.
Gastelum's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 17 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.4 rounds on average.