Israel Adesanya puts his middleweight title on the line against Jared Cannonier in a jam-packed card at UFC 276, as Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway also go head-to-head: All you need to know ahead of the event
- Israel Adesanya returns to the octagon this weekend as he headlines UFC 276
- The 32-year-old puts his middleweight title on the line against Jared Cannonier
- Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway also fight on a mouth-watering card
- The eagerly-anticipated event is taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Israel Adesanya returns to the octagon as he headlines one of the biggest cards of 2022 against Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 this weekend.
The 32-year-old pound-for-pound contender last fought in February as he comfortably outpointed Robert Whittaker, in what was his second victory over his rival, to retain his middleweight title.
Adesanya, who has played down the possibility of a third bout against Whittaker, now defends his middleweight crown once more, taking on Cannonier in a bout he’s widely expected to win.
Cannonier has five defeats to his name from 20 outings, but only one at middleweight, having dropped down from both heavyweight and light-heavyweight.
Importantly, despite shedding the weight, his power seems to have remained and he comes into the bout full of confidence after claiming a knockout win over Derek Brunson.
The main event sits atop a jam-packed card, in which Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway also square off in an eagerly-anticipated scrap for the former’s featherweight title. Volkanovski has previously beaten Holloway twice on points.
With the spectacle swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Israel Adesanya (pictured) is supremely confident ahead of his fight with Jared Cannonier
Cannonier has the power to trouble Adesanya but the challenger is technically inferior
The clash between Adesanya and Cannonier is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 2 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The preliminary card will start at 1am on Sunday morning, for those in the UK, with the main card beginning at 3am.
The pair are expected to touch gloves at around 5am, though that will of course depend on the results beforehand.
As stated, there is also plenty of action on the undercard, with Volkanovski and Holloway fighting for the featherweight title, while Sean O’Malley is among the others on the bill.
How to watch the fight
UFC 276 will be available to watch on BT Sport, with their coverage starting at 1am.
Those not subscribed to BT Sport can sign up for a contract-free monthly pass for a price of £25. Viewers can then also stream the fight using their app or web player.
Alternatively, there are a number of BT Sport packages you can sign up for HERE.
Sportsmail will also be covering the fight live, so you can keep up-to-date with us.
Adesanya vs Cannonier: The key stats
Height: 6ft 4in
Fight style: Striker
Height: 5ft 11in
Fight style: Striker
Adesanya claimed a unanimous decision victory over Robert Whittaker last time out
Cannonier, meanwhile, stopped Derek Brunson on the undercard of the UFC 271 event
Fight card in full
- Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier for middleweight title
- Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway for featherweight title
- Sean Strickland vs Alex Pereira
- Pedro Munhoz vs Sean O’Malley
- Brad Riddell vs Jalin Turner
- Robbie Lawler vs Bryan Barberena
- Ian Garry vs Gabriel Green
- Donald Cerrone vs Jim Miller
Early preliminary card
- Uriah Hall vs Andre Muniz
- Jessica Eye vs Maycee Barber
- Brad Tavares vs Dricus du Plessis
- Jessica-Rose Clark vs Julija Stoliarenko
What’s been said?
The pair have both been vocal in the build-up to the bout, with Adesanya recently insisting he doesn’t need a game plan to emerge victorious.
‘Everyone’s [saying], “What’s the game plan? How are you going to beat Jared?” I’m like look, I’m going to f*** him up,’ he said.
‘That’s the main thing. I’m going to f*** him up and I’m saying that because I want that. I want people to be like ‘let’s see, let’s see.’ Because I know what I’m doing.’
Unlike Adesanya, Cannonier insists he has a game plan going into the big fight.
Adesanya insists he doesn’t need to devise a game plan to defeat Cannonier this weekend
He told MMA New’s James Lynch: ‘There’s gonna be a lot of technique being employed. It’s gonna be a very technical — it’s gonna be a striker’s delight if you will. But it ain’t gonna be no striking match.
‘This is an MMA fight. So, I don’t plan on playing his striking game. He goads everybody into it. He confuses them, but then next thing you know, they’re in there getting juiced. They didn’t know they were playing right into his hands.
‘I’m planning on neutralising. I want him to be neutralised. On no level do I wanna be flaccid out there. If he does something, he’s gonna have to be super dynamic.
‘He’s gonna have to be very dynamic. He’s gonna have to be like, red alert type s*** For me, this is going to be very fun, very interesting.’
Adesanya vs Cannonier: The odds
Unsurprisingly, it’s Adesanya who comes into the title fight as the overwhelming favourite. With five losses to his name, Cannonier isn’t expected to cause a major upset this weekend.
Adesanya is the 1/5 favourite to win, while Cannonier comes in as the 3/1 underdog.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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