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UFC 276 results, highlights: Israel Adesanya edges out Jared Cannonier to retain middleweight crown

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

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

Cannonier tried to make a mid-fight adjustment to work from the clinch against the cage. Unfortunately for the challenger, when he did manage to grab a clinch, he often wasn’t able to do much offensively beyond landing knees on Adesanya’s thighs.

The fight lacked any big action moments and instead showcased Adesanya’s technical skills and the ability of those skills to negate Cannonier’s brute force approach. Oftentimes, Cannonier was left looking for counter punches after Adesanya had already landed a strike or two and moved well out of striking range.

Cannonier also occasionally tried to score a takedown rather than just a clinch against the cage, but Adesanya was able to stay on his feet throughout the contest, continuing to show an evolution in his wrestling skills, or at least the ability to nullify the struggle of his opponents. Working only from the clinch, providing something resembling Cannonier’s success, it was to this well that he attempted to return frequently.

In round four, fans began to riot slightly, booing loudly during clinches initiated by Cannonier or when the two men stood within striking range without indulging in any fireworks. By round five, many fans had begun to filter out of the arena.

By the end of the five rounds of action, it was clear that Adesanya had earned the decision, but the fans’ goodwill for the walkout was gone as he was loudly booed after the 49-46, 49 scorecards were announced -46 and 50-45. , all in his favor.

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

Adesanya called out Alex Pereira, the man who holds two kickboxing victories over Adesanya, including a brutal knockout victory, and who knocked out Sean Strickland earlier on the main card.

“[Our previous fight] was a mistake on my part,” Adesanya said, addressing Pereira. “As I said in the press conference, next time I will put you on skates. You’ll leave like Elsa in Frozen”

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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) beats. Max Holloway by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • Alex Pereira defeats. Sean Strickland via first-round TKO (punches)
  • Bryan Barberena defeats. Robbie Lawler via second-round TKO (punches)
  • Sean O’Malley vs. Pedro Munhoz ends without a contest due to a peek
  • Jalin Turner beats. Brad Riddell via first-round submission (guillotine choke)
  • Jim Miller won. Donald Cerrone by second-round submission (guillotine choke)
  • Ian Garry beats. Gabriel Green via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Dricus DuPlessis defeated. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • André Muniz defeated. Uriah Hall via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Maycee Barber won. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Julija Stoliarenko defeated. Jessica Rose-Clark via first-round submission (armbar)

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