At UFC Vegas 34 top contenders shined bright, young prospects made statements and gritty veterans went to war. Join us as we take a look at the results, bonuses and give our biggest takeaways from an action-filled night of fights!
UFC Vegas 34 Results
- Jared Cannonier defeats Kelvin Gastelum via Unanimous Decision – (48-47 x3)
- Mark Madsen defeats Clay Guida via Split Decision – (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
- Parker Porter defeats Chase Sherman via Unanimous Decision – (29-28 x3)
- Saidyokub Kakhramonov defeats Trevin Jones via Submission – Round 3 (4:39)
- Vinc Pichel defeats Austin Hubbard via Unanimous Decision – (30-27 x3)
- Alexandre Pantoja defeats Brandon Royval via Submission – Round 2 (1:46)
- Austin Lingo defeats Luis Saldana via Unanimous Decision – (29-28 x3)
- Brian Kelleher defeats Domingo Pilarte via Unanimous Decision – (30-27 x3)
- Josiane Nunes defeats Bea Malecki via KO – Round 1 (4:54)
- William Knight defeats Fabio Cherant via KO – Round 1 (3:58)
- Ignacio Bahamondes defeats Roosevelt Roberts via KO – Round 3 (4:55)
- Ramiz Brahimaj defeats Sasha Palatnikov via Submission – Round 1 (2:33)
UFC Vegas 34 Bonuses
Fight of the Night – N/A
Performance Awards – Alexandre Pantoja (Submission), Josiane Nunes (KO), William Knight (KO), and Ignacio Bahamondes (KO)
UFC Vegas 34 Takeaways
Could a Title Shot be Next for Jared Cannonier?
In the UFC Vegas 34 main event, Jared Cannonier edged out a decision against Kelvin Gastelum to get back into the win column. “The Killa Gorilla” now holds a solid 4-1 record in the middleweight division, with the lone loss coming to the former champion, Robert Whittaker. And speaking of Whittaker, it was largely assumed by many that he was a lock for the next title fight against the current king of the division, Israel Adesanya. However, it has recently been rumored that a rematch between these two may have to wait until 2022.
Enter Jared Cannonier, and his very realistic chance to skip the line to be the next title challenger. This is a possibility for a couple of reasons. First, Israel Adesanya has made it very clear he is wanting to compete one more time before the year ends. Secondly, before Cannonier lost to Whittaker back at UFC 254, Adesanya stated that should Jared Cannonier win that fight, that is who he wanted to defend his belt against next.
Of course, Cannonier would lose to Whittaker as previously mentioned and Adesanya would go on to attempt to become a double champ and has also defended his middleweight crown a third time, against Marvin Vettori. But now with doubts surrounding the rematch between Adesanya and Whittaker, and Jared Cannonier earning the attention of the champ for quite some time now, it may just be the perfect storm.
While this may not be a guarantee, Cannonier certainly proved he is still ready for the top talents of the 185-pound division after a gritty win against Gastelum. So whether a title shot comes next in the meantime, or a solidified number one contender matchup, Jared Cannonier is still just as dangerous as ever, as he looks to pursue his goal of becoming a UFC champion.
A Perennial Contender Looks to Finally Challenge for Gold
The UFC Vegas 34 main card opened up with a banger of a matchup between Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Royval. Many looked at this fight as a potential number one contender bout, especially with the health of Askar Askarov in question. And these two top-ten flyweights went out and showed they wanted to take advantage of the situation.
This fight was at a non-stop pace from the opening bell, with insane grappling transitions, submission attempts, and everything in between. Plus, on the feet, Pantoja and Royval were giving it all they had to finish one another. Eventually, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Pantoja would prove to be too much and earned him the submission victory in the second round.
After the fight, Pantoja expressed his obvious interest in fighting the champion Brandon Moreno next, in December. Conveniently enough, Moreno was on stand-by in the broadcast booth and welcomed the respectful callout with open arms. For both, there would be plenty on the line in a potential title matchup and past storylines as well. This is because Alexandre Pantoja holds a win over the current champ back in 2018. It now seems that all signs point toward this being the next flyweight title fight. For Pantoja, a shot at winning his first UFC title and for Moreno, a chance to make his first defense of his thrown and get revenge at the same time.
UFC Debutants Make a Statement
Also at UFC Vegas 34, the debuts of women’s bantamweight, Josiane Nunes, and men’s bantamweight, Saidyokub Kakhramonov were on full display. For Nunes, she showed that size does not matter, overcoming an eight-inch height and seven-inch reach disadvantage, to secure a one-punch knockout with just six seconds remaining in the first round of her fight against Bea Malecki. Nunes was constantly the aggressor in this one, realizing she had no choice but to close the distance to secure a victory, and that she did. Nothing quite like a nice $50,000 performance bonus to start your UFC career.
For Saidyokub Kakhramonov, he accepted a short notice fight against the ultra-tough, Trevin Jones. In what was a very back and forth fight heading into the third round, one could argue this fight could have gone either way if left in the hands of the judges. However, Kakhramonov decided he would like to finish the fight on his terms and did exactly that with a very impressive guillotine choke with just 21 seconds left in the fight. Stepping in on short notice is a very difficult task for any fighter, but securing the win is even harder. However, for Kakhramonov, he most definitely earned himself a few more fights in the UFC after such a gritty, hard-earned finish and could become a very interesting prospect in an already stacked 135-pound division.
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