A number one contender bout at 185-pounds between Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson has been set.
MMA Junkie's John Morgan and Nolan King were the first to report the news of the crucial matchup in the UFC's middleweight division being booked for a yet-to-be-announced UFC 270 event on January 22. The event is expected to be the promotion's first pay-per-view offering in 2022 but has yet to officially be announced by the UFC. Cannonier is 4-1 since moving to 185-pounds back in November 2018 and is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum back at UFC Vegas 34 in his most recent appearance. Brunson on the other hand is currently riding a five-fight winning streak and defeated Darren Till via a third-round submission due to a rear-naked choke at UFC Vegas 36 in his last Octagon outing.