Taking main event status tonight at the UFC Apex facility, a middleweight matchup between knockout artist, Jared Cannonier and former interim middleweight title challenger, Kelvin Gastelum.
Returning for the first time since a UFC 254 co-headliner unanimous decision loss to former undisputed champion, Robert Whittaker, Cannonier underwent two separate surgical procedures to repair a broken forearm suffered in his defeat to the former gold holder.
Prior to his loss against Whittaker, Cannonier had enjoyed an eye-catching three-fight knockout run in his first three outings in the division — stopping the trio of David Branch, Anderson Silva, and Jack Hermansson.
Gastelum, the victor of The Ultimate Fighter 17 and a former interim middleweight title challenger also suffered a unanimous decision loss to common-foe, Cannonier in his most recent Octagon walk.
Set for his third Octagon appearance of the year, the Kings MMA staple snapped a three-fight losing streak at UFC 258 back in February where he scored a unanimous judging win against Ian Heinisch.
UFC Vegas 34 Results: Cannonier vs. Gastelum
Main Card: (ESPN/ESPN+ 10 pm E.T.)
Middleweight: Jared Cannonier def. Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision (48-47 x3)
Lightweight: Mark Madsen def. Clay Guida via split decision (29-28, 30-27, and 28-29)
Heavyweight: Parker Porter def. Chase Sherman via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, and 29-28)
Catchweight: Saidyokub Karkhramonov def. Trevin Jones via third round (4:39) submission (guillotine)
Lightweight: Vinc Pichel def. Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Flyweight: Alexandre Pantoja def. Brandon Royval via second round (1:46) submission (rear-naked choke)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN2/ESPN+ 7 p.m. ET)
Featherweight: Austin Lingo def. Luis Saldana via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Bantamweight: Brian Kelleher def. Domingo Pilarte via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Bantamweight: Josiane Nunes def. Bea Malecki via first round (4:54) KO (punch)
Light Heavyweight: William Knight def. Fabio Cherant via first round (3:01) KO (punch)
Lightweight: Ignacio Bahamondes def. Roosevelt Roberts via third round (4:55) KO (wheel kick)
Welterweight: Ramiz Brahimaj def. Sasha Palatnikov via first round (2:32) submission (rear-naked choke)