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UFC on ESPN 29: Jared Cannonier edges Kelvin Gastelum

Hard luck again for Kelvin Gastelum

Jarred Cannonier used some crisp power striking to edge Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC on ESPN 29 Saturday night at the UFC Apex.

Cannonier (14-5-0) was not as active as Gastelum(16-8-0, 1NC), but connected more often, including a third knockdown that the judges seemed to favour.

Once again despite a decent performance by Gastelum, it wasn’t good enough in the eyes of the judges, who scored it 48-47, 48-47, and 48-47.

With the win, Cannonier protected is No. 3 ranking while the No. 9 Gastelum is expected to drop now that he is 1-5-0 in his last six fights.

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1429322629962354688?s=20

William Knight, Josiane Nunes, Alexandre Pantoja, and Ignacio Bahamondes earned performances of the night. There was no Fight of the Night award. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

RAMIZ BRAHIMAZ DEF. SASHA PALATNIKOV VIA TECH SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 2:33

IGNACIO BAHAMONDES DEF. ROOSEVELT ROBERTS VIA TKO (SPINNING HEEL KICK) R3 4:55

WILLIAM KNIGHT DEF. FABIO CHERANT VIA KO (PUNCH) R1 3:58

JOSIANE NUNES DEF. BEA MALECKI VIA KO (PUNCH) R1 4:54

BRIAN KELLEHER DEF. DOMINGO PILARTES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

AUSTIN LINGO DEF. LUIS SALDANA VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD 

ALEXANDRE PANTOJA VS. BRANDON ROYVAL

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1429267885512404997?s=20

 

WINNER: ALEXANDRE PANTOJA VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 1:46

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRANDO ROYVAL VIA UD

Andrews: Pantoja overpowered Royval.

VINC PICHEL VS. AUSTIN HUBBARD 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1429276404127084546?s=20

 

WINNER; VINC PICHEL VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VINC PICHEL VIA UD

Andrews: The experience of Vinc powered him through, as expected.

TREVIN JONES VS. SAIDYOKUB KAKHRAMONOV

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1429284234028593153?s=20

WINNER: SAIDYOKUB KAKHRAMONOV VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R3 4:39

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TREVIN JONES VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! You can bet Kakhramonov will be taken care of by Dana White.

PARKER PORTER  VS. CHASE SHERMAN 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1429291538085994496?s=20

WINNER: PARKER PORTER VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHASE SHERMAN VIA UD

Andrews: Sherman let me down – again.

CLAY GUIDA VS. MARK O. MADSEN

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1429301895043194889?s=20

WINNER: MARK O. MADSEN VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTON: MARK O. MADSEN VIA UD

Andrews: Guida always makes it close.

MAIN EVENT

#3 JARED CANNONIER VS. #9 KELVIN GASTELUM

WINNER: JARED CANNONIER VIA UD (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KELVIN GASTELUM VIA UD

Andrews: Gastelum fought well, but once again has nothing to show for it.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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