MMA – He knows them well for beating them. Robert Whittaker gives his prediction for Jared Cannonier vs. Derek Brunson.
At UFC 271, Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson will face off in a crucial fight for the future of the middleweight division. Respectively classified third and fourth, the two men should compete for the next title shot.
As he prepares for his revenge against champion Israel Adesanya, Robert Whittaker has played the game of predictions for this sort of semi-final. ‘The Reaper’ knows both men well for beating them. According to him, Cannonier’s strength will tip the scales in his favor.
“I think Cannonier will win. He’s a badass, ”Whittaker said in an interview for MMA Junkie. “He’s a tough guy with a very well balanced skill set. It’s very difficult to get him down and keep him down, which is important. “
“I think if Derek Brunson wins this fight, he puts him on the ground, keeps him on the ground, puts pressure on him and wins that way,” he continued. “But it is very difficult to keep Cannonier on the ground. I don’t see how he can keep it down, especially after a little over three rounds. I think Cannonier is a tough guy, hits hard, has good eyes and great takedown defense, not to mention his own physical strengths. “
The 38-year-old Brunson is riding a five-game winning streak. In 2021, he first beat Kevin Holland by decision, then Darren Till by submission.
As for Jared Cannonier, he is coming off a decision victory against Kelvin Gastelum. Before that, he had lost by decision to Robert Whittaker.
The pair will face off at UFC 271, just ahead of the long-awaited rematch between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker.