Jared Cannonier v Kelvin Gastelum UFC Fight Night Tips & Predictions

Dave Kuzio:
UFC Fight Night

Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum will be looking to get back to winning ways when they return to the Octagon in Las Vegas on Saturday evening.

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Jared Cannonier v Kelvin Gastelum UFC Fight Night Tips & Predictions

Kelvin Gastelum has been around long enough to know his way around the Octagon, but it looks like his better days are behind him.

He has lost four of his last five bouts, and he knows another defeat on Saturday could see him eventually drop out the top 10 rankings.

Some of those recent defeats have come across top-class opponents like Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya, while he also lost to Darren Till and Jack Hermansson.

Jared Cannonier is currently ranked number three, and he knows victory over Gastelum will put him back in the mix for a middleweight title shot.

His last fight saw him go down to Whittaker on points, but he has recently recorded wins over Hermansson, Anderson Silva and David Branch.

This should be an interesting contest. Cannonier has won nine of his 13 victories by way of knockout, while Gastelum has actually never been knocked out.

Cannonier would love to get a name like Gastelum as one of his scalps, and I honestly think his punching and kicking power will be too much for Gastelum.

I am sticking my neck on the line here by saying that I think Cannonier will go down in history as the first person to knock out Gastelum. This one will be over in the third round.