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Jared Cannonier: Robert Whittaker broke my ulna bone with very first kick at UFC 254

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Jared Cannonier says he “broke or fractured” a bone on his left arm during his co-headliner fight with Robert Whittaker on Saturday at UFC 254.

Right before Khabib Nurmagomedov’s impressive win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, elite middleweights Jared Cannonier and Robert Whittaker duked it out in the co-headliner. After a 15-minute battle that was predominantly fought on the feet, it was the former 185-pound champion who got his hand raised via a unanimous decision verdict.

Cannonier wore the damage on his right cheek with a cut below his eye. But as he revealed in a post-fight Instagram statement, he also “broke or fractured” the ulna bone on his left forearm.

That didn’t go exactly how I wanted but My spirits remain high and I’m happy with how I fought all things considered. 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.

Cannonier was on a three-fight TKO win streak heading into the Whittaker fight, two of which he won Performance of the Night bonuses for.