UFC 276 Results, Highlights: Israel Adesanya Outdoes Jared Cannonier to Retain Middleweight Crown

Ahead of the UFC 276 main event, UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya made quite the stir with an entrance inspired by WWE legend The Undertaker. The ensuing performance wasn’t quite as entertaining as Adesanya methodically worked her way to a unanimous decision win over Jared Cannonier.

Adesanya’s game plan revolved around working the jab, feints, and landing leg kicks. It wasn’t pretty and left the crowd frustrated, but it was effective in taking out a powerhouse in Cannonier.

Cannonier tried to make an adjustment mid-fight to work from the clinch against the cage. Unfortunately for the challenger, when he managed to clinch, he wasn’t often able to do much more offensively than land Adesanya’s knees to Adesanya’s thighs.

The fight was lacking in big action moments, instead demonstrating Adesanya’s technical prowess and the ability of those skills to negate Cannonier’s brute force approach. Often, Cannonier kept reaching for a countershot after Adesanya had already landed a shot or two and was way out of range.

Cannonier also tried to score the occasional takedown rather than settle for a clinch against the cage, but Adesanya was able to stay on his feet the entire match and continued to show off an evolution of his wrestling skills, or at least the ability to the grapple with his opponents. Since working alone from the clinch yielded something resembling success for Cannonier, it was that source he often tried to return to.

By the fourth round, the fans began to riot slightly, booing loudly during Cannonier-initiated clinches or when the two men were within striking distance without setting off fireworks. By the fifth round, many fans started filtering out the arena.

By the end of the five rounds of action, it was clear that Adesanya deserved the decision, but the fans’ goodwill was gone when he was loudly booed after the announcement of the scorecards 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45, all in his advantage.

After the fight, Adesanya was asked what the next step in his career would be as he had already knocked out nearly every top contender weighing 185 pounds.

Adesanya called out Alex Pereira, the man who has two kickboxing wins over Adesanya, including a brutal knockout win, and who previously knocked out Sean Strickland on the main card.

†[Our previous fight] was a mistake on my part,” Adesanya said to Pereira. “Like I said at the press conference, next time I put you on skates. You leave like Elsa in Frozen.”

Elsewhere on the card, featherweight titleholder Alexander Volkanovski completed his trilogy with Max Holloway by putting in his best performance yet. Volkanovski swept into the judges’ scorecards after punching his opponent and making a nasty cut on his left eye. Volkanovski, now on a 22-fight win, seems to have his eye on a possible lightweight title which is then shot.

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UFC 276 Card and Results

  • Israel Adesanya (c) def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
  • Alexander Volkanovski (c) def. Max Holloway by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • Alex Pereira def. Sean Strickland via TKO in the first round (punches)
  • Bryan defeats Barberena. Robbie Lawler via TKO in second round (punches)
  • Sean O’Malley vs. Pedro Munhozo ends in no match due to eye poke
  • Jalin Turner defeats. Brad Riddell via First Round Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • Jim Miller def. Donald Cerrone via second round submission (guillotine choke)
  • Ian Garry def. Gabriel Green by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Dricus Du Plessis def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • André Muniz def. Uriah Hall via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Maycee Barber def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Julija Stoliarenko beats. Jessica Rose-Clark via first-round submission (armbar)

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