After a week off, the UFC is back with UFC Vegas 34 featuring a premier middleweight clash between Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum.
|Dan Doherty (89-50)
|Alex Behunin (74-51)
|Justin Gibbons (83-61)
|Joe McDonagh (69-52)
|Gabriel Gonzalez (80-64)
|Chris Prawdzik (6-4)
|Dylan Bowker (67-68)
|Jay Anderson (69-71)
The main event of UFC Vegas 34 pits the two most recent victims of Robert Whittaker against each other, and they are Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum. The loss to Whittaker was the first for Cannonier since he moved down to middleweight, where he had knocked out his first three opponents. Gastelum has been facing the best of the best at 185 pounds, but has lost four of his last five fights. All but two writers picked Cannonier.
The co-main event is a lightweight bout between longtime vet Clay Guida and former Olympian Mark Madsen. Guida recently snapped a two-fight losing streak with an impressive performance against Michael Johnson. Madsen, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, is 10-0 in his MMA career with two wins in the UFC. All but one writer picked Madsen.
Heavyweights Parker Porter and Chase Sherman look to climb up the ranks. Porter is 1-1 in the Octagon, winning in his last time out. Sherman had a four-fight win streak snapped by Andrei Arlovski. Sherman was unanimously picked.
Trevin Jones welcomes Saidyokub Kakhramonov to the UFC. Jones is 2-0 in the Octagon but had one of those wins overturned due to marijuana. Kakhramonov is 8-2 in his career with knockouts in his last two fights. All but two writers picked Jones.
Vinc Pichel faces Austin Hubbard on the main card. Since a three-year layoff that ended in 2017, Pichel is 4-1. Hubbard has alternated wins and losses in his six UFC appearances, and if you’re a fan of patterns, he is due for a loss this time around. All but two writers picked Pichel.
Opening up the UFC Vegas 34 main card will be flyweights Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Royval. Pantoja is 7-3 since joining the promotion in 2017, winning two of his last three fights. Royval recently had a four-fight win streak snapped by the champion, Brandon Moreno. Cageside Press was split at four picks apiece.