Cannonier: One Win Away from Title Shot

The UFC’s middleweight division has undergone a shake-up as of late with fighters leaving and entering the division, as well as a new champion. And through all the craziness, Jared Cannonier seems to have emerged as a legitimate contender to the UFC middleweight championship.

After not finding much success at light heavyweight, Cannonier moved down to middleweight last year, upsetting David Branch at UFC 230 before defeating Anderson Silva at UFC 237 and Jack Hermansson at UFC Copenhagen.

Cannonier is confident with his No. 4 ranking, he’s not far off from a shot at the gold. With Israel Adesanya rumored to fight Yoel Romero for his first title defense, Cannonier wants a fight that will leave no doubt for him to be next in line.

“I’ll take a fight as long as it gets me a title shot,” Cannonier said. “I don’t want to say I won’t take a fight. I used to say I’ll take any fight. But at this point in my career, I have to be smart. I can’t just take any fight, so I have to listen to my managers and my coaches in that regard and take the best fight. So hopefully the UFC gives me the right fight. I’m thinking anybody in front of me — anybody who gets me a title shot.”

One name that may interest him with Darren Till, who recently came up from welterweight and had a successful 185-pound debut against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244.

“I’ll fight him,” Cannonier said. “I’ll fight Darren – that’s a good fight. He just beat Kelvin. He’s ranked No. 5. I think I’ll fight pretty much everybody. I think a win over anybody in the top five, an impressive win over anybody in the top five – an impressive, dominant win over anybody in the top five – constitutes a title shot.

“He looked good. He looks very smart – intelligent fighter. He just shut Kelvin down at every turn. Any type of game plan Kelvin tried to implement, Darren Till shut it down and came out victorious.”

Original Story: MMAJunkie

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