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Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier Tips & Fight Predictions

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BEST ROBERT WHITTAKER VS JARED CANNONIER PREDICTION

Robert Whittaker to win
Tipped at: 2.00 - 24 Oct 07:59
In this UFC match between Whittaker and Cannonier I choose Whittaker to win. At these odds I must choose a former champions as a nice value. I really can't see Cannonier as a favourite for this clash as Whittaker is a much better fighter and should be able to bounce back with a win here

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Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier | UFC 254 Predictions

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In the co-main event of UFC 254 Robert Whittaker will face Jared Cannonier in what could turn out to be a middleweight title-eliminator. Whittaker is fresh off a UD win against hard-hitting Darren Till and Cannonier is coming off a KO win over Jack Hermansson. Who takes this one? 

Whittaker vs. Cannonier is scheduled for 3 rounds at UFC 254. Join me in predicting the winner of this anticipated middleweight fight below.Read more

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Robert Whittaker to win
Tipped at: 2.00 - 22 Oct 11:31
Price is off, gotta go with the former champion. If not for his loss to Adesanya, he'd be a favorite in this matchup, but bettors remember what they saw last, and maybe forget his decision win over Till because it doesn't fit their narrative that Whittaker has a weak chin which Cannonier will exploit. I don't buy that. Whittaker has incredible endurance, and showed his recovery ability in his fights against Romero. That's going to help him in this fight. Furthermore, and even more importantly, Whittaker is unbeaten in decision fights in the UFC, expect for a split-decision loss to Court McGee 7 years ago. Since then, he's gone the distance 6 times and won every single one of them on the judges' scorecards. Whittaker has also displayed great variation in striking in his last three outings, mixing up the strikes to the head, body, and legs. I really like that about fighters, especially when they fight one-sided guys such as Cannonier who mostly works with his hands. Let's talk about Cannonier... He shouldn't be the favorite in this fight, but bettors are judging him based on his 3-fight KO win streak. Let's look at those 3 fighters he's faced: 37-year old David Branch with 6 finish losses, 44-year old Anderson Silva who has won 3 of his last 10, and Jack Hermansson who is actually the most impressive win of his career. However, we missed that historically Hermansson loses fights where he can't take his opponent down - his striking his green. In a striker's matchup vs. Whittaker who is fresh out of a training camp against another power striker, I don't think Cannonier will be able to win. Whittaker is slick with takedowns, and Cannonier needs a KO to win - Whittaker does not. Medium confidence here, so this'll be my first 5 unit play for UFC 254.
ROBERT WHITTAKER - JARED CANNONIERWHO WILL WIN?
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Oct 22, 2020 10:00

Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier | UFC 254 Predictions

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UFC 254: Jared Cannonier vs. Robert Whittaker Predictions

Robert ‘The Reaper’ Whittaker lost his title last year when he faced unbeaten Israel Adesanya. Since then, Whittaker has bounced back with a July-win over Darren Till and is already back in the octagon this weekend. His opponent, Jared Cannonier is riding on a 3-fight knockout win streak and is looking to make it 4 in a row this weekend.

With a 12-3 UFC record, Whittaker is a true veteran. Two wins against Yoel Romero, and wins over Darren Till, Jacare Souza and Brunson – Whittaker has faced killers in his division.

Against Cannonier, I like Whittaker. Cannonier is a power striker who most likely needs a knockout to win this fight. In the UFC, Whittaker is unbeaten in decision fights, whereas Cannonier is 2-2 on fights scored by the judges.

Whittaker was KO’ed by Adesanya, sure, but Israel has very special striking, in many ways incomparable to the striking of a guy like Cannonier. I also like how well-rounded Whittaker is. With a background in wrestling, he knows how to get you to the ground if he’s in a compromising position. Cannonier’s biggest advantage his 4-inches in reach, but other than that, I think the ball is in The Reaper’s court. Cannonier has consistently fallen flat against the big competition: Dominick Reyes, Jan Blachowicz, and Glover Teixeira. I like The Reaper in this matchup.

Prediction: Robert Whittaker via 2nd round KO.

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