Middleweight contender Jared Cannonier suffered a serious injury setback in addition to a loss to ex-champ Robert Whittaker at UFC 254.
Cannonier, whom champ Israel Adesanya said would fight him with a win on Saturday, reported a broken arm suffered in the three-round fight that ended with a unanimous decision for Whittaker.
Cannonier released a statement on Instagram. He is wearing a cast on his left arm.
Jared Cannonier says Robert Whittaker’s first kick injured his left arm, but remains in good spirits after #UFC254 (via @killagorillamma) pic.twitter.com/rV65XhKuL6
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 25, 2020
“That didn’t go exactly how I wanted but my spirits remain high and I’m happy with how I fought all things considered,” he wrote. “The very first kick he threw broke or fractured my left ulna I couldn’t find my grove and adjust quickly to get the W so I’ll take my L with pride. @robwhittakermma certainly lived up to my expectations before and after the fight. Congrats mate. Enjoy Xmas and the new [baby]. It was a hell of an experience to be here. Can’t wait to go again.”
The loss snapped a three-fight winning streak for Cannonier, who got his start as a light heavyweight and found success when he tapered down to 185 pounds.
Source: MMA Fighting