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Jared Cannonier vs Kelvin Gastelum UFC Vegas 34 Tips - Upset win for Gastelum

  • This is the main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday (13:00 BST Sunday)
  • Both fighters lost to Robert Whittaker in their last fights
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Opponents Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
The Main Event this Sunday afternoon looks like an absolute corker on paper!

Jared Cannonier (13-5-0) put together three impressive TKO victories across 2018 and 2019 against David Branch, Anderson Silva and Jack Hermansson.

His shot at the UFC Middleweight title took a hit when he lost his only fight in 2020 against former champ Robert Whittaker via a unanimous decision.

His opponent this weekend, Kelvin Gastelum (17-7-0, 1 NC), is also coming off a last fight loss to Bobby Knuckles via decision and is looking to stop a slide that started back in 2019.

Gastelum gave current UFC Middleweight champ Israel Adesanya his toughest test to date when the two met in Atlanta Georgia in April 2019 but he has ultimately lost four of his last fights heading into Sunday.

Three of those losses came by decision (the other by a heel hook submission) and he has never been knocked out in his professional career.

Cannonier is very dangerous with his leg-kick-heavy style and he can be very awkward to defend against because he switches stances constantly.

His pathway to victory is on the feet by out striking his opponents.

Kelvin Gastelum is no slouch on the feet either but he is a short guy with very good wrestling and he will need to use this to his advantage in this contest.

And the man has a chin!

I think he can get it done in the later rounds or by decision but there is plenty of value in Gastelum H2H also.


We are tipping the underdog Gastelum to prevail in this bout. 

Best Bet: Gastelum To Win @120 at BetMGM - 1 Unit

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