“Not controlling what’s in the octagon”- Jared Cannonier reveals the biggest mistake Derek Brunson made at UFC 271

At age 37, Jared Cannonier is just getting started and is now 15-5 in his overall MMA career with 12 finishes.

Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson
Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson

Jared Cannonier earned perhaps the biggest victory of his career when he stopped the dominating five-fight winning streak of Derek Brunson at UFC 271 and possibly secured himself a title shot as well, at least that’s what UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya wanted, to “fight some fresh blood” since he already fought Brunson on his way up to becoming the UFC champion. Now, Cannonier versus Adesanya is something that fans are already hyped for, predicting an exciting fight.

Jared Cannonier
Jared Cannonier

Cannonier, a US Army veteran who served his nation for a period of 3 years, started off his UFC career as a heavyweight where he secured a knockout victory before getting a loss and moving down to light-heavyweight. After a not so good career at 205 as well, Cannonier finally dropped to middleweight, where is 5-1 now and has already fought 2 former UFC champions in Anderson Silva and Robert Whittaker. His significant wins include Kelvin Gastelum, Jack Hermansson, Derek Brunson and Anderson Silva.

Jared Cannonier thinks Derek Brunson was working on “flight or fight” response mechanism

Jared Cannonier-Derek Brunson
Jared Cannonier-Derek Brunson

In an interview with Ariel Helwani from MMA Fighting‘s The MMA Hour, Cannonier talked about his upcoming aspiration for a title shot and much more, which first included looking back at his phenomenal performance at UFC 271 and what made his opponent Derek Brunson stumble to Cannonier’s pressure despite a dominant first round for Brunson.

“Well man he shot 13 shots in that fight, that’s a lot of takedowns,” says Cannonier “He was successful on three but wasn’t able to capitalize on you know to do any damage or do anything big. He threw that rear-naked choke on it at the last seconds of the first round…

I was in his face the whole time applying pressure, smart, patient, pressure… it’s hard to fight off your wheels you get tired faster you’re not really in control of what’s going on in the Octagon… it was a fight or flight sort of thing on his side of the cage if you will and that is mentally exhausting mentally and physically…” said Cannonier.

What did you make of Cannonier’s assessment for Brunson losing to him? If not this, what do you think was the better reason for Brunson’s loss or Cannonier’s victory for that matter? Do you see Cannonier vs Adesanya happening any soon, who do you think wins that one if it’s a yes? Cannonier has come a long way to the top with a lot of financial obstacles in his career, with him becoming the champion, Cannonier’s payday will massively change for good.

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