Join us here at Bloody Elbow for live scores, discussion and play-by-play (main event) as UFC Vegas 66: Cannonier vs. Strickland descends from UFC’s APEX facility in Las Vegas, NV.
The main event of this Fight Night comes at Middleweight, with Jared Cannonier looking to bounce back from his loss to then champion Israel Adesanya by defeating Sean Strickland to bounce back from a loss of his own to Now. World Champion, Alex Pereira.
This is an ESPN+ show in its entirety, the prelims start at 4pm ET / 1pm PT and the main card starts at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. For territories outside of the United States, you can view all scheduled competitions on UFC Fight Pass.
Main Map (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
Jared Canonnier vs. Sean Strickland
They start with a trial and error process, none of them excited to get involved. Strickland paws with his jab. Cannonier attacks with a few bursts, but nothing lands clean. Strickland tries to counter. Stricklnad measures the distance and finds a home for his jab while dodging Cannonier’s attacks. Strickland catches a kick from Cannonier and flips him onto his back. Cannonier gets back up immediately, but Strickland backs up against the cage and lands a series of short shots before Cannonier escapes. Gunner Stalking, lands a heavy low kick. Strickland dodges a heavy shot. Gunner looking for leg kicks and a few landings. Good round, but Strickland is the more diligent fighter. Strickland 10-9
Cannonier lands the first good shot to open the round. Strickland trips Cannonier with a caught kick, but doesn’t continue the takedown. Strickland finds his jab again. Cannonier looks for heavy shots and Strickland dodges most of them, the others don’t land clean. Cannonier looks for leg kicks again. Strickland struggles to find the jab due to Cannonier’s volume. Cannonier slows down and Strickland finds a home for some punches. Strickland lunges at Cannonier and lands something heavy. Cannonier is not phased and goes straight ahead to pursue Strickland. Cannonier lands a good right to end the round. close round. Gunner 10-9
Strickland is playing matador again. Cannonier lands a leg kick. Strickland builds momentum and increases his volume. He slows and Cannonier lands a body kick. Cannonier throws a lot of big shots that are mostly missing. Strickland doesn’t throw with much power, but she finds her home. Cannonier eventually lands a big combo, but Strickland isn’t phased. Canonier lands another big right. Strickland starts to add some power to his shots, but Cannonier blocks most of them. Strickland lands a low kick and checks one from Cannonier. Strickland lands several punches to the head and then dodges several punches from Cannonier. Cannonier lands on the left to end the round. Another tight round. Strickland 10-9
The round begins with them finding their range before Cannonier begins aggressively pursuing. Nothing lands as Strickland dodges. They have a few exchanges of equal value before Strickland starts landing several consecutive unanswered exchanges. Cannonier appears to have been injured from one of the punches. Strickland lands on his head with almost every punch. Cannonier lands a violent kick and appears to wake himself up. Cannonier is back on offense, but his offense now comes in spurts. Strickland reads this and attacks with the jab between bursts. Strickland starts running after his jab. Cannonier pushes Strickland down, forcing Strickland to move in circles. Cannonier lands a heavy right, but Strickland smiles as he dodges again. Strickland 10-9
Strickland shuffles the jab. Cannonier rushes, but Strickland dodges again. Gunner looking for straight shots. Strickland counters and briefly stumbles over Cannonier. Cannonier looks for hooks again but doesn’t come close to landing. Strickland lands sharp shots. Cannonier lands a big one, but Strickland isn’t phased. Big right counter from Strickland followed by a solid combo from Cannonier. Cannonier puffs and Strickland counter with a big combo. Cannonier lands a heavy shot and Strickland’s nose bleeds. Cannonier sniffs a spinning fist. Strickland supports Cannonier with several double wins. Strickland finds his groove. Cannonier lands a big right followed by a big combo. Strickalnd fires back with a combo and multiple kicks. Another tight round. Strickland 10-9.
I have Strickland 49-46 but can see Cannonier 48-47.
Official Decision: Jared Cannonier def. Sean Strickland by split decision (49-46 x2, 46-49)
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Preliminary Map (4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
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