UFC middleweight contender Jared Cannonier has recently achieved a significant milestone in his martial arts journey by being promoted to a brown belt in jiu jitsu. Cannonier, who competes in the Middleweight division of the UFC, boasts an impressive record of 17 wins and 6 losses, with two of his victories coming by way of submission.
In his most recent outing against Marvin Vettori, Cannonier showcased his endurance and skill as the match went the distance.
This was not the first time he had gone the full duration, as his last three also reached a decision. However, it was his victory over Derek Brunson, where he finished the bout with a series of elbows, that truly showcased his striking abilities.
Cannonier’s journey in mixed martial arts began in 2011 when he turned professional. He joined the UFC in 2015 and has been a prominent figure in the organization ever since.
Although born in Texas, Cannonier has deep connections to Alaska, having worked for the Federal Aviation Administration in Anchorage as an air traffic control mechanic. It was during this time that he discovered his passion for jiu jitsu and decided to seek out a gym for training.
Entering the gym weighing over 300 pounds, Cannonier’s determination and the combination of his army training and jiu jitsu practice proved to be a catalyst for his development.
Inspired by his progress, he transitioned from amateur bouts to the professional circuit, where he has achieved remarkable success.
In addition to his commitment to the UFC, Cannonier also dedicates his time to training at Legacy Jiu Jitsu in Alaska.
The gym has played a crucial role in his growth as a martial artist, and his promotion to a brown belt is a testament to his dedication and skill.
The MMA lab, recognizing Cannonier’s achievement, congratulated him on his new brown belt through a social media post. The caption emphasized his leadership qualities both inside and outside of the octagon, acknowledging his commitment and hard work.
Cannonier also shared about his promotion saying: ” One more belt and the infinity belt is complete. And then… ”
Cannonier is likely sidelined until the last quarter of the year at which point he’ll face one of the top contenders, likely the loser of Whittaker vs Du Plessis.
He is currently ranked as number 3 in the Middleweight division.