Israel Adesanya successfully defended his fifth middleweight title by defeating Jared Cannonier in the main event at Saturday’s UFC 276 in Las Vegas by unanimous decision.
Adesanya was methodical and took few risks. He did what the judges felt was necessary to keep his belt at the end of a fight that will not go down in history. Two judges gave cards 49-46 in favor of the champion, while the third saw Adesanya win each of the five rounds.
It’s his third straight win after losing to Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight championship at UFC 259 in March 2021. He remains undefeated at middleweight.
This is the fourth consecutive time Adesanya has fought a five-round limit bout and the seventh in his career.
Cannonier fought with a title on the line for the first time in his 14th fight in the UFC.
After his win, Adesanya demanded a fight against Alex Pereira who was knocked out. to Sean Strickland earlier in the evening.
Volkanovski sweeps trilogy against Holloway
In the semifinals of the gala, Alexander Volkanovski overpowered Max Holloway to retain his featherweight championship with a unanimous decision win.
All three judges gave the undisputed 145-pound champion all five rounds.
Volkanovski won all three featherweight title fights between the two men. Despite losing by decision in the first two books of the trilogy, Holloway (23-7) had done enough to earn a third shot at the title. This time the champion left no doubt.
The Aussie inflicted a very deep cut above the left eye on Holloway in the second round and was never concerned during the fight. He controlled the duel over all five rounds and served as a real clinic for the division’s top contender.
Volkanovski is defending his title for the fourth time and is undefeated in 12 fights in the UFC. He has won his last 22 matches.
Holloway has lost four of his last seven fights, including his three losses to Volkanovski.
In a preliminary card match, Jim Miller became the highest-grossing fighter in UFC history with his 23rd organizational win over Donald Cerrone.