Israel Adesanya defeats Jared Cannonier to retain UFC title


Israel Adesanya retained his middleweight title with an effortless win over Jared Cannonier at UFC 276.

The champ was barely out of second gear during the five-round main event as he headed into a fourth title defense. But the Las Vegas crowd was unimpressed as they booed the fight throughout before the three judges awarded the Nigerian victory by four and five round margins.

After his victory, Adasanya called out his bitter rival Alex Pereira who holds two wins over him in the kickboxing ranks.

He said, “You know who’s next, the first time I told you was a mistake on my part. Next time I put you on skates, you’re gonna be frozen.


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Adesanya carried an urn into the cage as he paid tribute to WWE legend The Undertaker in the most theatrical of his flamboyant entrances. And the champion took a heavy approach in the early stages as Cannonier swung and missed with an overhand right.

The champ picked up the pace at the start of round two as he effortlessly changed positions to land his water hammer. And just as the Sin City crowd began to rumble, Adesanya began to put his punches together before the fight was cut short when Cannonier was stabbed in the eye.

Cannonier’s right eye had started to swell in round three, but the challenger took a more aggressive approach as the title fight reached the halfway point. He managed to pin Adesanya in the cage but the champ slipped out of harm’s way.

Adesanya broke Cannonier’s head with another surefire shot early in session four as he continued to dominate. The challenger managed to land a single right hand midway through the round, but his hits were scarce as the crowd grew restless again.

Cannonier’s corner told him he was down three rounds to one before the final stoppage, meaning the American needed a stoppage to win the title. Adesanya just got through the final five minutes, much to the chagrin of the 19,000 fans at T-Mobile Arena. And Cannonier offered little lead as his title challenge fell apart.


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