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Jared Cannonier says he broke his left arm in loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC 254

Jared Cannonier wasn’t able to do enough to get the job done Saturday.
The UFC middleweight contender dropped a unanimous decision to former champion Robert Whittaker (22-5 MMA, 13-3 UFC) in the UFC 254 co-main event in Abu Dhabi. It was a big opportunity for Cannonier (13-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) since UFC president Dana White said a title shot would be on his plate next if victorious against Whittaker.
Despite coming up short in arguably the most important fight in his career, Cannonier is taking the defeat well. He issued a statement Sunday regarding his loss to the Australian and said he suffered a broken left ulna.

“That didn’t go exactly how I wanted, but My spirits remain high and I’m happy with how I fought all things considered,” Cannonier wrote. “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’s loss at UFC 254 snapped a three-fight wining streak, which marked his entire UFC career at 185 pounds. The 36-year-old was returning after a year-long layoff due to a torn pectoral muscle that required surgery and rehabilitation.

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