This past Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship brought us Adesanya vs. Cannonier. This show took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area. Here is a breakdown of the two bouts and who should win. We will also look at the matchup between Adesanya and Cannonier. Listed below are the other two contenders for UFC 276.
Israel Adesanya and Jared Cannonier meet in the main event of UFC 276. The fight was a barn burner with Israel Adesanya winning on better strikes in the first two rounds and Jared Cannonier winning on a unanimous decision. Israel Adesanya holds the middleweight title and is looking to defend it against Cannonier. It will be interesting to see how each one reacts to the other’s performance.
At UFC 276 in Las Vegas, Israel Adesanya defended his UFC middleweight title against Jared Cannonier. He kept his distance in the early rounds and landed solid leg kicks, but Cannonier exhibited some good defense as well. In the second and third rounds, Adesanya opened up with body strikes, snapping jabs and occasionally clinching. However, his lack of highlight reel moments may limit his potential as a star.
This week’s UFC pay-per-view drew a mixed reaction. While it’s true that Whittaker is a bad-*** fighter, there’s still an ‘Oh s***!’ factor associated with him. But is Strickland’s low-road strategy actually a sound one? The answer is not so easy to determine, but he has certainly shown signs of improving in recent weeks.
The fight between Jalin Turner and Chuck Riddell is one of the most anticipated bouts on the UFC 276 card. Both men are coming off of four-fight wins, with Turner advancing to the title fight with a unanimous decision win over Riddell last October. Turner entered Saturday’s card with a six-inch height and reach advantage over Riddell, who will be fighting from an orthodox stance.
Robbie Lawler vs. Sean Barberena was one of the most anticipated fights of UFC 276. Both men fought at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and Robbie Lawler took a stung from Barberena late in the second round. The fight was also a showcase for Barberena’s striking and grappling prowess, as he used his volume striking to get the takedown and then slugged Lawler’s skull.
The second fight of the night was a Brazilian kickboxer vs. a middleweight fighter. Alex Pereira is the only fighter who has knocked out Israel Adesanya. He has also won kickboxing competitions at Glory and the UFC. The Brazilian has won three consecutive UFC fights, including a win over current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya last February.