Tape rankings @ Middleweight
Who won Whittaker vs Cannonier?
Robert Whittaker beat Jared Cannonier by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest, during the co-main event of UFC 254, on Saturday 24th October 2020 at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Robert Whittaker.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Whittaker vs Cannonier stats
Robert Whittaker stepped into the ring with a record of 21 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 by submission.
Jared Cannonier made his way to the ring with a record of 13 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 9 of those wins by knock out and 2 by submission.
The stats suggested Cannonier had a large advantage in power over Whittaker, boosting at 69% knock out percentage over Whittaker's 43%.
Robert Whittaker was the younger man by 7 years, at 31 years old.
Whittaker had a height advantage of 1 inch over Cannonier. Despite this, Cannonier had 4-inch reach advantage.
Whittaker was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 9 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 2 years and 3 months earlier than Cannonier, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 34 more professional rounds, 76 to Cannonier's 42.
Whittaker vs Cannonier form
Whittaker had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Darren Till at UFC Fight Island 3 on 25th July 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Israel Adesanya at UFC 243 on 5th October 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Yoel Romero at UFC 225 on 9th June 2018 by split decision in their 5 round contest at United Center, Chicago, United States.
Before that, he had beat Yoel Romero at UFC 213 on 8th July 2017 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
He had won against Ronaldo Souza at UFC on FOX 24 on 15th April 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at Sprint Center, Kansas City.
Jared Cannonier had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Jack Hermansson at UFC on ESPN+ 18 on 28th September 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Previous to that, 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.
Going into that contest, he had defeated David Branch at UFC 230 on 3rd November 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Before that, he had lost to Dominick Reyes at UFC Fight Night 129 on 19th May 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile.
He had won against Nick Roehrick at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale on 7th July 2017 by knockout in the 3rd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Jared Cannonier had been fighting more than Robert Whittaker.
Going to this contest, Robert Whittaker had last fought 1 year, 9 months and 23 days ago, while Jared Cannonier's last outing had been 2 years, 7 months and 20 days ago.
Whittaker's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 1 month and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.
Cannonier's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 10 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.