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Fireworks! Watch Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier full fight video highlights from UFC 254

Watch highlights of the thrilling UFC 254 co-main event.

In the co-main event of UFC 254, former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker took on rising contender Jared Cannonier in what was essentially a number one contender matchup to determine who will be Israel Adesanya’s next title challenger. Whittaker had trouble dealing with Cannonier’s leg kicks, but his jab was on-point and he was sharp with his 1-2s. Robert’s dangerous high kick floored Cannonier in the final round but Cannonier did well to not only survive but hurt Whittaker at the end. Ultimately, Whittaker was the clear winner in a very entertaining scrap that will surely see Whittaker rematch Izzy in 2021. As for Cannonier, he experiences his first loss at 185.

Here’s Tim Burke’s play-by-play of the final round:

Jab from Whittaker. Front kick. Cannonier fakes a leg kick. Whittaker’s jab is so pretty. Another and he follows it up with a head kick that hurts Cannonier! HE’S DOWN! Whittaker swarms but Cannonier stays in the fight somehow! Whittaker works in his full guard, and quickly passes to half. He’s looking for an arm triangle choke. Whittaker moves to mount with three minutes to go. Cannonier gives up his back. Whittaker hunting for the choke. Cannonier squirms away and gets up. Short elbows from Cannonier against the fence. His resilience is amazing. They separate. Head kick from Cannonier doesn’t land. Whittaker jumps in with a hard jab. One minute to go. Another stiff jab. Body kick from Cannonier. Whittaker jab. Cannonier with a right hook that hurts Whittaker! He’s staggered, but shoots in and throws Cannonier off balance. They battle on the fence. Cannonier just misses with a big knee. Wow what and ending! 10-9 Whittaker, and 30-27 overall.

Robert Whittaker defeated Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Check out the highlights below:

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