UFC Las Vegas 34 on Saturday offers fight enthusiasts a 14-fight slate packed with underrated matchups between athletes ranging from 135 pounds (women's bantamweight) to 265 pounds (men’s heavyweight) with everything sprinkled in between.
It’s been a couple of weeks since the last UFC event, when we handicapped Michael Chiesa to enter the cage and offer us his best performance. Instead, Chiesa folded and was submitted in the first round by Vicente Luque. I strive to uncover fighters prepared to offer their absolute best effort, and while I’ve had success many times with that approach, sometimes it takes the form of a terrible performance. Both Chiesa and I need to come back stronger, more focused and better prepared.
Insight the Octagon 2021: 19-14 + 7.68 units
JARED CANNONIER -160 VS. KELVIN GASTELUM + 140
Middleweight (185 pounds) Main Event
Gastelum, the ninth-ranked middleweight and an Arizona native, is the prototypical “Don’t judge the book by the cover” fighter. Physically, he appears more plumber than power puncher, so it’s important NOT to measure Gastelum’s game by how he looks. He’s a wrestling-based southpaw with formidable boxing skills and a black belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu.