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Jared Cannonier says UFC initially supplied Paulo Costa in Rio, Nassourdine Imavov not what he wished

Jared Cannonier would have loved to fight Paulo Costa, but the fight offer came too soon. Cannonier (17-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC) tore his MCL which forced him to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Roman Dolidze this past December at UFC on ESPN 52. His next fight offer came against Costa (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC)

Jared Cannonier says UFC initially supplied Paulo Costa in Rio, Nassourdine Imavov not what he wished

Jared Cannonier would have beloved to struggle Paulo Costa, however the struggle supply got here too quickly.

Cannonier (17-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC) tore his MCL which pressured him to withdraw from his scheduled bout towards Roman Dolidze this previous December at UFC on ESPN 52.

His subsequent struggle supply got here towards Costa (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) on this previous Saturday’s UFC 301 occasion in Rio, however that will have been too fast of a turnaround for Cannonier.

“Initially, they supplied me a struggle with Paulo Costa at UFC 301,” Cannonier instructed Middle Easy. “I wasn’t going to be cleared till like the tip of March. That will have simply been like a one-month camp to get able to get again to competitors.

“I didn’t wish to bounce proper again into competitors with out having been coaching all the things I should be coaching main as much as getting a struggle scheduled. I wasn’t actually grappling as a lot. After all, I wasn’t cleared to compete, so I didn’t have full utilization of my recovered knee.”

Cannonier then bought the decision to face rising contender Nassourdine Imavov (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) within the UFC Fight Night on June 8 headliner on the KFC Yum! Middle in Louisville. “The Killa Gorilla” accepted, however admits he hoped for a higher-ranked opponent.

“They referred to as me three or 4 weeks later with the Imavov struggle, and it wasn’t what I wished,” Cannonier stated. “Naturally, I need the contenders struggle. I need the best rating, the perfect matchup. I hoped to get Costa later, perhaps in June, however they gave that struggle to (Strickland).

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“That ship sailed. All they’d left was Imavov. I wanted to get my toes moist once more, and he’s a great dust-up to knock the mud off, if you’ll. … I wished the highest, anyone forward of me: Strickland, (Israel) Adesanya, (Robert) Whittaker.”

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