Israel Adesanya brushed apart a problem from Jared Cannonier in a technical precision masterclass at UFC 276.
The middleweight champion’s conflict along with his American challenger by no means fairly went down and Cannonier struggled to place a finger on the elusive Kiwi for a lot of the competition.
Adesanya, who thrilled followers with a tribute to WWE star The Undertaker on his means out, was too fast and too sensible for his challenger, however whetted his urge for food for his subsequent protection.
Israel Adesanya defeated Jared Cannonier to retain his middleweight title at UFC 276 in Las Vegas
Cannonier was unable to beat the expert technician and struggled, significantly early within the battle.
Adesanya had a face like thunder after the victory and admitted that his opponent’s recreation plan was difficult.
Adesanya was probably the most correct striker and managed the sport from distance always.
“The primary time I had you on curler skates, the following time I am going to have you ever Frozen, like Elsa,” he advised Alex Pereira, the one man to knock him out, who eradicated Sean Strickland earlier within the evening to win what’s going to inevitably be a title shot.
The compelling narrative was additional fueled when the UFC determined to pair Pereira on the identical card in solely his third battle within the UFC.
He has two kickboxing wins, together with the heavy KO, in opposition to Adesanya, which provides an actual layer of curiosity to the potential battle.
Pereira has appeared sensible in his MMA profession up to now and possesses the form of deadly energy that may bother the champion the place everybody else has failed.
“Lots of people speak about my two wins over Israel Adesanya and say it was simply kickboxing,” he mentioned afterwards. ‘I simply beat the #4 ranked man so I do know I earned it!’
Alex Pereira (proper) knocked out Sean Strickland with a nasty left hook for an announcement win
Pereira has nice energy and he confirmed once more how proficient the striker is in opposition to the quantity 4 within the division.
Preparation for that long-awaited contest will start instantly and one other star from the Underworld additionally shone in the primary occasion of the evening.
Alexander Volkanovski put an finish to any debate by outpointing Max Holloway of their trilogy battle. Having controversially snagged his second battle on the scorecards, the Aussie left the judges and followers in little doubt this time.
Holloway has now been crushed thrice by ‘The Nice’ and his legacy has taken a success now that the champion has clearly proven that he’s the higher fighter.
Volkanovksi has dominated the division to the extent that he talked about transferring as much as light-weight and needs to juggle each lessons on the identical time.
Alexander Volkanovski retained his featherweight title with a routine win over Max Holloway within the co-main occasion
Holloway was bloodied and battered after Volkanovski confirmed how he had the pace benefit within the battle.
The champion posed along with his workforce and household within the octagon after beating Holloway for the third time
He already has a peak drawback at 145 kilos, so he may very well be biting off greater than he can chew with Charles Oliveira and firm, however it is going to be fascinating to observe.
A key second within the battle in opposition to Holloway got here when he opened a reduce just under the Hawaiian’s eyebrow that induced in depth bleeding.
Life was already robust for the challenger and he made it even harder in opposition to the person with a pace benefit. Finally, Volkanovski proved the category of him and is ready to return Down Below to a hero’s welcome.
Elsewhere, Donald Cerrone referred to as off his UFC profession after shedding to Bryan Barberena. He mentioned that he desires to pursue Hollywood and that he now not feels the starvation to compete.
Rising Irish star Ian Garry cruised to a 3rd win within the group to stay undefeated after a unanimous determination over Gabe Inexperienced.
Donald Cerrone completed the day and walked out of the cage along with his two younger youngsters in his arms.
Ian Garry (left) beat Gabe Inexperienced to make it 10-0 after one other stunningly spectacular efficiency
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