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UFC 276: Israel Adesanya defends his title again

UFC 276: Israel Adesanya defends his title again

Israel Adesanya successfully defended his middleweight title for the fifth time by defeating Jared Kannoner by unanimous decision in the main event at UFC 276 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

In a methodical manner and little risk, Adesanya did what was necessary in the eyes of the judges to retain his belt at the end of a battle that history would not record. Two judges turned cards 49-46 in favor of the champion while the third saw Adesanya win each of the five rounds.

It is his third straight win after losing to Jan Blachovich for the Light Heavyweight Championship in March 2021 at UFC 259. He is unbeaten in the middleweight division.

This is the fourth consecutive time that Adesanya has fought a five-round limited fight and the seventh time in his career.

Cannonier was fighting a title at stake for the first time in his 14th fight in the UFC.

After his victory, Adesanya called for a fight against Alex Pereira, who was knocked out. To Shaun Strickland earlier in the evening.

Volkanovsky sweeps a hat-trick against Holloway

In the Gala semifinals, Alexander Volkanovsky defeated Max Holloway to retain his featherweight championship with a unanimous victory.

All three judges gave the undisputed champ the 145-pound in the five rounds.

Volkanovsky won all three featherweight fights between the two men. Despite losing by decision in the first two books of the treble, Holloway (23-7) did enough to score a third shot for the title. This time, the hero left no doubt.

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The Australian made a very deep cut in Holloway over the left eye in the second round and never worried during the fight. He dominated fencing for all five rounds and acted as a real clinician for the division’s number one contender.

Volkanovsky is defending his title for the fourth time and is undefeated in 12 fights in the UFC. He has won his last 22 matches.

Holloway has lost four of his last seven matches, including his three defeats against Volkanovsky.

In a preliminary tag fight, Jim Miller became the winning fighter in UFC history Signing his twenty-third victory in the organization at the expense of Donald Cerrone.