Pros react after Jared Cannonier defeats Sean Strickland at UFC Vegas 66

By Chris Taylor - December 17, 2022

Tonight’s UFC Vegas 66 event was headlined by a key middleweight bout featuring Jared Cannonier taking on Sean Strickland.

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Cannonier (16-6 MMA) had entered the contest looking to rebound, this after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Israel Adesanya in his most previous effort at UFC 276. Prior to that setback, ‘Tha Killa Gorilla’ had earned back-to-back wins over Kelvin Gastelum and Derek Brunson respectively.

Meanwhile, Sean Strickland (25-5 MMA) was also returning to action for the first time since July’s UFC 276 event, where he suffered a nasty knockout loss at the hands of newly crowned middleweight champion Alex Pereira. That loss had snapped a six-fight winning streak for the brash American.

Tonight’s UFC Vegas 66 main event went the full twenty-five minutes as Jared Cannonier and Sean Strickland traded leather for five straight rounds. It was a technical battle, with Strickland seemingly landing the better head strikes, while Cannonier got the best of the kicking game. After five rounds of action ‘Tha Killa Gorilla’ was awarded a split decision win from the judges’ in attendance.

Official UFC Vegas 66 Result: Jared Cannonier def. Sean Strickland by split-decision (49-46, 46-49, 49-46)

Check out how the pros reacted to ‘Cannonier vs. Strickland’ below:

Post-fight reactions to Jared Cannonier defeating Sean Strickland at UFC Vegas 66:

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