Jared Cannonier is aiming for an alternate spot in case something goes wrong with Israel Adesanya or Paulo Costa at UFC 253.
Cannonier is on the verge to face former Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 254. Cannonier is riding a 3-fight winning streak. In that process, he has beaten David Branch, Anderson Silva, and Jack Hermansson. Interestingly, he hasn’t suffered a loss since May 2018.
Whereas his opponent Whittaker has emerged victorious against Darren Till via unanimous decision. That being his 1st fight since his title loss to Israel Adesanya in October last year.
Jared Cannonier Wants Alternate Spot for Adesanya vs Costa
Cannonier appeared on MMAJunkie Radio and expressed his desire to fill in for the likely UFC 253 main event if he’s needed.
“I’m ready to be an alternate, and I’m ready for my contender fight,” Cannonier told MMA Junkie Radio.
He further added, “As far as my therapist, he feels more comfortable me actually fighting the octagon in October. The more time the better for the repair, so October is the time we talked about. … Hopefully with that offer, the prospect of being the alternate for the title fight, so things are happening. I’m back, hold tight, and get ready.”