Jared Cannonier Bio : UFC, Wife, Next Fight & Net Worth

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Jared Cannonier, also known by his nickname ‘The Killa Gorilla’, is a famous Mixed Martial artist.

A versatile player played in three different divisions at UFC heavyweight, light heavyweight, and middleweight.

Cannonier currently competes in the middleweight division at UFC. He has a record of 13 wins and five losses in his professional MMA career.

Likewise, the mixed martial artist is ranked 6th in the MMA World Middleweight ranking and 3rd in the UFC Middleweight ranking. Jared Cannonier is also a former US army man.

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Jared Cannonier, 36, MMA Fighter

Before we head into details about the player’s career and personal life, here are some quick facts about him.

Quick Facts

Full Name Jared Christopher Cannonier
Birth Date March 16, 1984
Age 40 Years Old
Place of Birth Dallas, Texas
Nickname The Killa Gorilla
Nationality American
Ethnicity Mixed
Profession Mixed Martial Artist
Education N/A
Father’s Name N/A
Mother’s Name N/A
Siblings N/A
Marital Status Married
Wife Catherine Cannonier
Children Three
Height 180 cm
Weight 185 lbs 
Birth sign Pisces
Eye color Brown
Hair color Black
Social Media InstagramFacebook
Net Worth $1 million
UFC Merch  Gloves, Punching Bag
Last Update May, 2024

Jared Cannonier | Early Life, Family, and Education

The American MMA fighter was born on March 16, 1984. He was born in Dallas, Texas. His zodiac sign is Pisces.

Cannonier’s parent’s identity is unknown. However, it is clear from his interviews and his act of kindness that he loves his mother very much.

The schools Jared attended are still unknown. Nevertheless, it is understood that after graduating from college, he joined the U.S. Army.

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Jared Cannonier wife

Also, after three years in the army, he got a job in air traffic control as an equipment maintainer.

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Jared Cannonier |  Age and Body Measurements 

The American is 40 Years Old as of 2024. He stands 180 cm tall and weighs about 185 lbs. This is an incredible measurement for an MMA fighter.

The fighter often shares gym videos and fitness routines on his Instagram post and stories.

Overall, Jared has a well-built, athletic physique. It is all thanks to his years of dedication to honing his skills.

As a matter of fact, Cannonier is also a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. This clearly shows how conscious he is about his diets and workouts.

Jared Cannonier | Career

Cannonier’s career started way back in early 2011. He started his career as an amateur mixed martial artist.

The fighter attended fight camps to sharpen his skills. Furthermore, he had a decent start in his career, winning the first two matches by knockout.

Around June of the same year, Jared stepped up in his career, joined professional MMA, and made his debut in Alaska.

He then went on to fight for several years there. He dominated with a record of seven wins and no losses.

Moreover, in 2014 it was reported that Jared had endorsed the UFC. Later, on January 3, 2015, Cannonier made his debut in UFC 182 against Shawn Jordan.

It was not the best debut to remember as he lost to Shawn Jordan via knockout by KO punch in the first round.

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Jared Cannonier

On April 10, 2016, Jared made his comeback following a long cutback. He fought against Cyril Asker and defeated him via knockout with punches and elbows.

Similarly, Cannonier’s first UFC victory also earned him the Performance of the Night bonus award.

Weight Loss and moving to Light Heavyweight division

Meanwhile, after two fights in the heavyweight division, Jared sensed he was not a natural heavyweight player and felt he should move to a lower-weight division for a longer career prospect.

Then Jared’s strict training and diet plan started for him to lose weight to go to a lower weight division. He used to wake up very early, around 3:30 am, and go for a run, go to the gym and ride an AirDyne bike.

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Later on, after a year, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to continue his grind and reach his goals. Cannonier then started training at the MMA Lab in Phoenix.

By the end of that year, Jared had lost a good amount of weight and moved to Light Heavyweight.

Next Fight 

In 2016, after moving down to the light heavyweight division, he fought Ion Cutelaba at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.

He won the fight via unanimous decision. It also earned him the Fight of the Night bonus award.

Additionally, during UFC 208 on February 11, 2017, Cannonier faced Glover Teixeira and lost the fight via unanimous decision. On July 7, 2017, he was to face Steve Bosse at the Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.

However, Bosse was replaced by Nick Roehrick just a few days before the fight. Jared won the fight in the third round via TKO(elbows).

Heavyweight Division

Similarly, he faced Jan Blacowicz at UFC on Fox 26 instead of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who was suspected of a potential doping violation.

The Killa Gorilla lost the fight by unanimous decision in the third round. Canonnier had mixed results in the light heavyweight division.

In his last fight in the light heavyweight division, he faced Dominick Reyes on May 19, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 129.

Reyes defeated him in the first round by TKO(punches). He then lost some weight in order to move down to the middleweight category.

Meanwhile, in his debut in the middleweight category, he faced David Branch at UFC 230. He defeated Branch via TKO(punches) in the second round of the fight. The win also earned him the Performance of the Night bonus award.

Afterward, he fought former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 237. It was an easy win for Cannonier as he won the match via TKO(leg kick) in the first round.

His winning streak continued when he faced Jack Hermansson at the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 18 on September 28, 2019.

Cannonier won the fight in the second round by TKO(punches).

The professional fighter also earned the Performance of the Night bonus award for the third time in his career. Nonetheless, Cannonier’s good run of form was disrupted by an injury.

He suffered a torn pectoral muscle and was expected to be sidelined for six months. Upon return from injury, Cannonier faced Robert Whittaker at UFC 254 on October 24, 2020.

He lost the fight by unanimous decision in the third round.


  • Performance of the Night at UFC (3 times)
  • Fight of the Night at UFC(once)
  • Alaska Fighting Championship- Heavyweight Champion (once)

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MMA Record and Heavyweight Record

The fighter’s MMA record is 15-5. He has won fifteen fights in his career out of which he won ten by knockout, two by submission, and three by decision. 

Likewise, the mixed martial artist has lost three matches by knockout and three by decision. His heavyweight record is 9-1.

He was in the division from 2011 to 2016 before shifting to the light heavyweight division and eventually the middleweight division. Learn more about Cannonier’s record on Sherdog.

Jared Cannonier | Personal Life, Relationships and Children

Jared Cannonier is a very humble and caring person. Moreover, he is married to his long-time girlfriend, Catherine.

The beautiful couple has three kids together.

Cannonier loves his beautiful wife unconditionally. The couple met each other when Jared was serving in the army in Alabama and dated for several years before tieing the knot.

His wife has been his support system throughout his life, particularly in his career.

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Jared Cannonier family

One example of it is that his beautiful wife helped him save money to move to Phoenix, Arizona, for Cannonier to pursue his goal and succeed in his career.

Cannonier has also said that his wife helps him balance his time between matches and training in his interviews. Also, he has been quoted saying, “She is the reason why I’m able to do the sport that I love to do.”

Unlike other parents, Jared is low-key when it comes to his children. Till now, Jared has not shared any pictures or information about his children with the public.

Furthermore, he is a great believer in crystals and the power they hold. He has even talked about it to great lengths in interviews and shows. 

Jared Cannonier | Net Worth, Salary, and Endorsements

The 36-year-old, Jared, has an estimated net worth of around $1 million. His utmost source of income is from his contract with UFC.

Apart from different match-winning bonuses, he earns a fixed base salary. Other sources of his income are brand endorsement.

Even though his finances are very much private, looking at the player’s career, it can be assumed that he has made an excellent fortune out of his professional MMA career.

Jared Cannonier | Social Media Presence

The MMA fighter is available on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. He is active mostly on Instagram, where he keeps posting pictures and uploading stories. He has over 98,000 followers on Instagram.

His Twitter handle has just over 8,700 followers. He often posts on Twitter. Even though he has a Facebook profile, he is not active on this social media platform.

Jared Cannonier | FAQs

What happened to Jared Cannonier? 

After his fight with Silva, Cannonier underwent surgery on his left arm to repair a fractured ulna. 

Did the Jared Cannonier vs. Israel Adesanya fight happen?

Cannonier was meant to serve as a backup fighter in the Yoel Romero vs. Israel Adesanya fight. However, he sustained a torn pectoral muscle and withdrew from the match. Hence, the fight between Jared and Israel never happened. 

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Pema Sherpa is a content writer for the player's bio. Apart from writing, she shares a keen interest in music, reading, learning languages, and traveling.

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