Israel Adesanya was far superior to Jared Cannonier and easily retained his middleweight title at UFC 276 at the T-Mobile in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Adesanya dominated all five rounds, he did not face an opponent who put him in trouble. Cannonier didn’t even try, he didn’t know what to do against the champion. The fight did not have much action and at the end of the bout the fans reproached both fighters with loud boos.
Adesanya used the length of his arms well to keep his opponent at a distance. The Nigerian did not rush and hurt Cannonier with kicks to the legs and midsection. The first round was dominated by the African.
In the second round the one who came out much more aggressive was Adesanya, he chased the first minutes of the episode to his enemy. Cannonier simply could not find the time to get his punches in.
Cannonier had the best moment of the fight when he tried to take Adesanya down, when he tried to take him to the ground he managed to connect a right jab, but the Nigerian managed to defend himself well and keep the fight standing.
In the fourth and fifth round did not change much, Adesanya managed the distance well, did not risk too much, with kicks mostly kept his opponent away. Cannonier lacked hunger, desire to win, he never went forward with vehemence, he stayed on the edge and left much to be desired.
In the end the judges gave: all for UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya 49-46, 49-46, 50-45.
Volkanovski dominated Holloway
Alexander Volkanovski put on an impressive display and dominated Max Holloway from start to finish in the UFC 276 co-main event fight.
The first two fights were very close, but this third one was completely the Australian’s, leaving no doubt of his superiority.
Holloway was the one who pressed more, went more forward, but Volkanovski counterattacked very well, he managed to connect his opponent with his left hand on several occasions. The American could not find the right distance.
For the third round, the Australian stayed more time standing in the center of the octagon, there was much more exchange of punches. The power was on Volkanovski’s side, however, when Max got within good distance he connected the one-two well.
Holloway came out in the fourth round with a cut above his left eyebrow, the corner tried to patch the wound, but the blood was flowing. Volkanovski started in and out, throwing two or three punch combinations and then backing off.
The Australian dominated the first four rounds and the fifth was no exception. Max needed a knockout, and although he looked for it he never had a chance to land a good punch. Holloway’s face was full of blood, he delivered, but in the end he could not.
The fight went all five rounds and the judges gave: 50-45, 50-45 and 50-45, all for the Australian Alex Volkanovski.
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