LAS VEGAS — Israel Adesanya had a glance right into a proverbial crystal ball Thursday on the UFC 276 information convention. Behind him on the dais have been Sean Strickland and Alex Pereira, a pair of middleweights on the undercard this weekend.
The winner of that struggle will possible be subsequent in line for Adesanya’s middleweight title — and “The Last Stylebender” spent extra time going backwards and forwards verbally with Strickland and Pereira than his precise subsequent opponent.
Before Adesanya can open up the door to his subsequent problem, he has to efficiently defend his UFC middleweight title Saturday evening towards Jared Cannonier within the UFC 276 headliner at T-Mobile Arena. And the hard-hitting Cannonier shouldn’t be one to look previous, even when Adesanya is a -490 favourite, per Caesars.
Adesanya is likely one of the greatest fighters on the planet. ESPN ranks him No. 3 on the planet on its pound-for-pound listing. At middleweight, Adesanya is ranked No. 1 and Cannonier is No. 3.
Adesanya (22-1) is undefeated at 185 kilos, an ideal 11-0 within the UFC in that weight class. The Nigerian-born New Zealand resident is coming off a unanimous choice win over rival Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 in February. Adesanya, 32, has 4 profitable middleweight title defenses after unifying the belt with Whittaker in 2019. His lone professional MMA loss was up in weight, for the UFC gentle heavyweight title towards Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in March 2021.
Cannonier (15-5) has gained two in a row and 5 of his previous six. The Arizona resident is coming off a second-round knockout of Derek Brunson at UFC 271. Cannonier, 38, has completed fights in three totally different weight divisions: heavyweight, gentle heavyweight and middleweight. His solely middleweight loss got here towards Whittaker in 2020.
In the co-main occasion at UFC 276, Alexander Volkanovski will defend his featherweight title towards former champion Max Holloway in a trilogy bout. Volkanovski and Holloway are among the many greatest featherweight fighters in UFC historical past. ESPN has Volkanovski ranked tied for No. 4 on the planet pound-for-pound rankings and Holloway is No. 6 on that listing.
Volkanovski (24-1) has gained 11 straight UFC fights and 21 in a row general. The Australia native has three profitable title defenses after profitable the belt from Holloway in 2019. Volkanovski, 33, has crushed Holloway twice, the newest a detailed, cut up choice victory at UFC 251 in July 2020.
Holloway (23-6) has gained two straight following back-to-back losses to Volkanovski. Holloway, 30, held a model of the UFC featherweight title from 2016 to 2018 with three profitable title defenses.
Also on the cardboard, Strickland and Pereira will meet in what is probably going a middleweight title eliminator. Strickland is likely one of the most prolific trash talkers within the division, whereas Pereira is 2-0 towards Adesanya in kickboxing, together with a knockout victory. In addition, former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler takes on Bryan Barberena, and high bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley takes on veteran Pedro Munhoz in O’Malley’s hardest take a look at thus far.
Follow alongside as Brett Okamoto and Marc Raimondi recap the motion in Las Vegas or watch the fights reside on ESPN+ PPV.
Fight in progress: Women’s flyweight: Jessica Eye (15-10 1 NC, 5-9 1 NC UFC +240) vs. Maycee Barber (10-2, 5-2 UFC, -300)
UFC 276 outcomes
Women’s bantamweight: Julija Stoliarenko (10-7-2, 1-3 UFC) def. Jessica-Rose Clark (11-8, 4-4 UFC) by submission
Stoliarenko, of Lithuania, earned her first win in 4 makes an attempt contained in the Octagon, as she made fast work of Clark by way of first-round armbar. The end got here simply 42 seconds into the struggle. Stoliarenko is thought for a depraved armbar, and she or he wasted no time discovering it towards Clark, as she took her down instantly. Clark rapidly tapped, however not quick sufficient. The armbar was utilized so aggressively that Clark’s left elbow seemed to be dislocated earlier than referee Chris Tognoni may intervene.
It’s Stoliarenko’s first win since March 2020. Clark 4-4 general within the UFC.
Still to return:
Middleweight championship: Israel Adesanya (c) (22-1, 11-1 UFC, -490) vs. Jared Cannonier (15-5, 8-5 UFC, +370)
Men’s featherweight championship: Alexander Volkanovski (c) (24-1, 11-0 UFC, -210) vs. Max Holloway (23-6, 19-6 UFC, +175)
Middleweight: Sean Strickland (25-3, 12-3 UFC, -120) vs. Alex Pereira (5-1, 2-0 UFC, +100)
Welterweight: Robbie Lawler (29-15, 14-9 UFC, -120) vs. Bryan Barberena (17-8, 8-6 UFC, +100)
Men’s bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz (19-7 1 NC, 9-7 1 NC UFC, +250) vs. Sean O’Malley (15-1, 7-1 UFC, -310)
Lightweight: Brad Riddell (10-2, 4-1 UFC, +125) vs. Jalin Turner (12-5, 5-2 UFC, -150)
Welterweight: Jim Miller (34-16, 23-16 UFC, -190) vs. Donald Cerrone (36-16 2 NC, 23-13 1 NC UFC, +160)
Welterweight: Ian Garry (9-0, 2-0 UFC, -175) vs. Gabe Green (11-3, 2-1 UFC, +150)
Middleweight: Brad Tavares (19-7, 14-6 UFC, +130) vs. Dricus du Plessis (16-2, 2-0 UFC, -155)
Middleweight: Uriah Hall (18-10, 10-8 UFC, +270) vs. Andre Muniz (22-4, 4-0 UFC, -340)
(c) = defending champion