UFC 276 took place tonight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main event saw Israel Adesanya defend his middleweight crown against Jared “The Killa Gorilla” Cannonier, while in the co-main, Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski and Max “Blessed” Holloway met in a trilogy bout for the featherweight title.
Adesanya vs. Cannonier
Over five rounds, Adesanya dominated a formidable exchange with Jared Cannonier, who was really struggling to collect any kind of permanent offense against the champion. By the end of the battle, the Las Vegas mob was letting the fighters hear Boz's voice, but regardless of the emotion, Adesanya did much to ensure a unanimous victory.
The judges scored a fight for Adesanya 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45, which gave Canonnier and his team credit for working well with the strategy that led them to do so. He hoped it would be a great show.
"I'll tell you one thing, they had a great game plan," Adesanya later said. "It was really hard to keep up with my follow-up. I'm going to the second stage because they had a good game plan."
Adesanya called out to Alex Pereira. "As we all know who the next competitor is, believe me, the first time I told you, it was a mistake on my part to spam the right hand and he was in kickboxing."
Volkanovski vs. Holloway
In the co-main event, Volkanovski - who trains in city kickboxing with Adesanya - swept cleanly in his trilogy with Max Holloway.
Volkanowski recounted his feat of retaining the gold medal in 2020 before beating Holloway in 2019 to win the featherweight title. Many fans disagreed on Australia's second victory over Hawaii, but the champion left no doubt after winning all five rounds on the three judges' scorecards on Saturday.
The figures reflect Volkanovski's brilliant offense and defensive display, which portrayed Holloway as a UFC novice rather than a fighter who was seen by some as the greatest featherweight ever. ۔
The result extended Volkanovski's winning streak to 22 and opened the door for the 33-year-old to challenge for the lightweight title to become the doubles champion.
Alex Pereira vs. Sean Strickland
Earlier in the night, former kickboxing champion Alex Pereira knocked out Sean Strickland in the first round to establish himself as a potential next challenger to the Adesanya title.