UFC 276 outcomes: Israel Adesanya retains with uneventful determination, Alexander Volkanovski dominates Max Holloway to finish rivalry

LAS VEGAS — Israel Adesanya’s entered the octagon with WWE celebrity The Undertaker’s theme tune, hat and trademark urn. It was entertaining. His profitable title protection towards Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 wasn’t. 

Adesanya retained his middleweight title with a dominant, but uneventful efficiency towards Cannonier that left followers at T-Cell Area unhappy. But it surely’s exhausting accountable Adesanya for what occurred. 

Cannonier was reserved in his strategy and tried to seek out a gap to land along with his vaunted energy. Nevertheless, Adesanya’s motion, jabs, and leg kicks stored Cannonier from discovering many alternatives to get in a lot offense. Because the rounds progressed, it was clear {that a} knockout can be the one approach Cannonier might win. He did not take sufficient possibilities and located himself on the mistaken finish of the choice with scores of 50-45, 49-46, & 49-46.

Whereas the struggle wasn’t thrilling, it is seemingly that Adesanya’s subsequent opponent will deliver the battle to his entrance door. 

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Earlier within the evening, Alex Pereira obliterated Sean Strickland within the first spherical to seemingly safe his spot as Adesanya’s subsequent opponent. Pereira is understood for beating Adesanya twice in kickboxing and can look to beat him for a 3rd time once they meet within the octagon. 

Within the co-main occasion, Alexander Volkanovski slammed the door shut on his rivalry with Max Holloway with a clear sweep on the scorecards. He was sooner, stronger, and used his much-improved boxing to retain his UFC featherweight title. With a 3-0 sequence towards Holloway, it seems that Volkanovski will goal the light-weight division the place he’ll look to change into a two-division champion.

Here is the way it all went down: 

UFC 276 dwell outcomes, highlights

Israel Adesanya retains UFC middleweight with uneventful determination towards Jared Cannonier

Spherical 5: Leg kicks, jabs, and a head kick from Adesanya. Cannonier hasn’t achieved a lot. He is simply following Adesanya round. Izzy retains touching him. One other takedown try by Cannonier is stuffed and so they clinch on the cage. Followers are fed up. Cannonier lands a proper hand and a physique shot. Then he clinches once more. Adesanya seeking to shut the present regardless that he is forward. Throwing punches and kicks however nothing huge lands. The struggle is over. Half the world has already left. 

SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Adesanya (50-45 Adesanya)

Spherical 4: Adesanya is touchdown extra jabs and leg kicks. It simply appears like he is chipping away at Cannonier and ready for him to get determined so he could make a mistake. Physique kick and mixture by Izzy. Proper hand by Adesanya and Cannonier returns hearth, however misses badly. Cannonier will get booed as he presses Adesanya on the cage. Izzy will get separation and goes again to chipping. Proper hand clips Cannonier’s chin. The gang is stressed and booing in spots. Prolonged clinching from Cannonier however no important injury. Followers are waving their cell telephones now. 

SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Adesanya (40-36 Adesanya)

Spherical Three: Entrance kick barely misses from Izzy. Left hand lands although. Cannonier searching for one huge shot. Cannonier tries for a takedown however is shrugged off. Cannonier rushes in and lands a pair of punches. He has Izzy on the cage however Izzy escapes. Huge lead left hand from Izzy lands. He is switching stances to seek out simpler methods to get to Cannonier’s face. Cannonier tosses a proper hand however will get countered with a pair of punches. Cannonier pushes Adesanya to the cage once more. Not a lot is occurring.

SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Adesanya (30-27 Adesanya)

Spherical Two: Izzy is changing into extra aggressive along with his advances. Leg kick places Cannonier down briefly. Lead left hand lands from Izzy. Cannonier is out of vary and it is limiting his possibilities to land. Izzy’s motion is hard to learn. The followers are getting stressed. Adesanya lands a jab and barely misses a proper hand. Head kick from Adesanya. Cannonier is stalking however eats a proper hand. Izzy unintentionally pokes Cannonier within the eye. We resume the motion and Adesanya is choosing up the output. Jabs and leg kicks. Cannonier lands one in every of his personal that is heavy. Left hand and a proper from Izzy because the spherical closes. He is settling right into a groove. 

SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Adesanya (20-18 Adesanya)

Spherical One: They alternate leg kicks. Adesanya is shifting and feinting. Cannonier launches an enormous proper hand that catches nothing however air. A whole lot of vary discovering to this point. Izzy is slightly busier however nothing substantial is touchdown. He is simply poking and prodding. A pair of punches and a physique kick by Adesanya. Cannonier misses a proper hand. Extra leg kicks from Izzy. Adesanya opening up slightly extra. Leg kicks proceed to land.

SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Adesanya

12:33 a.m.: Israel Adesanya enters the octagon to The Undertaker’s music full with the urn and hat. That is unimaginable. All the things is professional wrestling. 

12:24 a.m.: Followers anticipated drama within the co-main occasion and no drama in the primary occasion. Volkanovski sucked the drama out of the trilogy and it is going to be as much as Jared Cannonier to do what no person expects him to and beat Israel Adesanya. Can he pull it off?

Alexander Volkanovski slams door shut on Max Holloway rivalry with dominant unanimous determination

Outcome: Scores had been 50-45, 50-45 & 50-45 in favor of Alexander Volkanovski. A clear sweep for the UFC featherweight champion

Spherical 5: Max tries for a takedown however will get nothing. Alex goes again to the leg kicks as Holloway appears for a spot to get his offense began. Volkanovski lands a head kick. Extra leg kicks discover their mark for Alex. Holloway with one other takedown try however it’s stuffed. Volkanovski clinches, releases, and lands a trio of energy punches. Holloway’s output has diminished tremendously. Volkanovski leads with a proper hand, strafes Holloway with a left hand and exits. The leg kicks are additionally consuming Max up. Holloway remains to be making an attempt to struggle however it’s a misplaced trigger. It is clear that Volkanovski has dominated Holloway. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Volkanovski (50-45 Volkanovski)

Spherical 4: They clinch and Alex rips a pair of proper fingers into Holloway’s face and physique. Holloway remains to be within the struggle however it’s getting away from him in a rush. Jabs from Volkanovski proceed to disrupt Max’s rhythm. They combine it up and Alex closes the commerce with a two-punch mixture. That rattling jab continues to seek out its house for Volk. head kick by Max barely misses. It is beginning to really feel like what Dustin Poirier did to Holloway a couple of years again. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Volkanovski (40-36 Volkanovski)

Spherical Three: Holloway must do one thing within the third. The air is getting sucked out of the constructing by Volkanovski. Each time that Holloway tries to settle in, Volkanovski jabs him. It is not a giant factor, however it forces Max to reset and suppose. Holloway with a jab, they alternate briefly. Nothing huge lands. Volkanovski crashes three exhausting punches into Max’s face. They clinch once more and jockey for place. Spinning elbow from Volkanovski lands however not flush. One other proper and left from Volkanovski that lands on Holloway. He is beginning to run away with this. Holloway lands a knee to the physique and a brief proper however Volkanovski detonates two bombs on Holloway’s head. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Volkanovski (30-27 Volkanovski)

Spherical Two: It appears like Max is simply beginning to heat up. He lands a brief left however Volk catches him with a proper. Overhand proper by Alex lands. The boxing has improved tremendously. They clinch and Volk pushes him to the fence. Volk lands a mixture as they separate. Alex sneaks a brief proper hand in between Holloway’s cost. That was a combo breaker. Alex’s jab is STIFF and discovering its house. Volkanovski’s boxing is superb so far. All the things is clicking for Volkanovski. He is simply faster in each side and Max’s face is leaking blood. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Volkanovski (20-18 Volkanovski)

Spherical One: Max controls the middle of the cage. Each try leg kicks. Alex barely misses a giant proper hand. Quick proper connects for Volkanovski. Proper hand excessive lands and Max will get slightly fired up. Volkanovski discovering his goal with extra frequency. Volkanovski is catching Holloway when he tries to enter. He hasn’t given Max time to pause but as he is discovering his goal simpler already. Huge mixture from Volkanovski. Huge left hand lights Max up. Quick left by Volkanovski lands. Max is struggling to discover a place to land. Volkanovski is sharp. Holloway lastly lands a giant proper hand. They combine it up. The gang heats up with them. Robust spherical by Volkanovski. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Volkanovski

11:41 p.m. ET – Holloway and Volkanovski have entered the cage. Holloway is the clear fan favourite right here however Volkanovski is unbothered. We have had two unimaginable fights however let’s have a look at how the third chapter ends. 

11:27 p.m. ET – The co-main occasion is up subsequent as Alexander Volkanovski appears to slam the door shut on his rivalry with Max Holloway within the trilogy for Volkanovski’s featherweight title. Each fights had been shut however Volkanovski received narrowly on the scorecards in extremely aggressive fights. Can Holloway get his title again and show that he’s nonetheless among the finest featherweights of all time?

Alex Pereira wants one spherical to destroy Sean Strickland

11:23 p.m. ET – Alex Pereira has seemingly punched his ticket to a middleweight title shot by demolishing Sean Strickland within the first spherical. Pereira chipped away till he ran a left hook throughout his opponent’s chin. Strickland hit the deck and was met with a pair of proper fingers that ended the struggle in simply over two minutes. A savage beating. 

11:13 p.m. ET – Alex Pereira seems to be one win away from getting a title shot towards the person he defeated twice in GLORY in Israel Adesanya. However he has to get previous a surging Sean Strickland subsequent. The UFC has laid down the storyline and it will be as much as Strickland to blow them up.   

Bryan Barberena stops Robbie Lawler in two-round warfare

11:00 p.m. ET – We might have our frontrunner for Combat of the Evening. Bryan Barberena has stopped Robbie Lawler within the closing seconds of the second spherical. Each stored throwing fingers. A late blitz from Barberena that was began by a brief elbow rocked Lawler and had him out on his ft. An unimaginable struggle with a end that had the followers on their ft. Largest victory of Barberena’s profession. 

10:43 p.m. ET – Up subsequent is Bryan Barberena going through former champion Robbie Lawler in a welterweight showdown.  

Sean O’Malley and Pedro Munhoz ends in No Resolution as a consequence of eye poke

10:37 p.m. ET – Welp, O’Malley “stops” Munhoz however undoubtedly not in the way in which that he needed as an unintended eye poke within the second spherical results in the struggle being referred to as off as a No Resolution when Munhoz is unable to proceed. O’Malley regarded sharp and was simply beginning to choose up steam when the unintended eye poke occurred. And these followers are sad. 

10:18 p.m. ET – We’re kicking off the primary card with “The Suga Present” as Sean O’Malley faces his hardest check thus far in Pedro Munoz. This would be the true litmus check to see if O’Malley is prepared for the highest tier of UFC bantamweights. Munoz has misplaced however solely to champions and has by no means been knocked out. Can O’Malley be the primary?

9:35 p.m. ET – Jalin Turner vs. Brad Riddell is the final struggle of the prelims. Turner damage Riddell straight away with a proper. after which landed a guillotine. Turner tapped him out straight away. The struggle solely landed 25 seconds! 

9:20 p.m. ET – Huge left hand by Miller to open spherical two. Cerrone and Miller went for leg kicks to the pinnacle. Cerrone landed however he tripped. Miller then landed a guillotine. Cerrone faucets out and Miller will get his revenge. Miller is now the all-time wins chief in UFC historical past. Miller wins by way of submission (1:32 into spherical two). Cerrone retires following the struggle. 

9:10 p.m. ET – A battle between two veterans are up subsequent, as Jim Miller faces Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a rematch from 2014. Miller threw a couple of strong pictures to start out issues off straight away, touchdown a kick to the facet of Cerrone. Cerrone countered with a sequence of pictures. Miller countered a kick right into a takedown. He began to take management and pounded away at Cerrone. Cerrone ended up on high whereas Miller tried for an armbar. Each tried submission makes an attempt to finish spherical one. 

9 p.m. ET – Garry with a low kick to start out the second spherical. Inexperienced has strong protection, however Inexperienced has been in a position to land clear pictures at sure factors. Garry ended up poking Inexperienced within the eye, however the struggle continued. Inexperienced tried to take Garry down, however might solely have him by the cage. Garry then dropped him and had him on full mount. Inexperienced is again up, which was spectacular. Garry with a knee, and a sequence of mixture pictures. Inexperienced hit a late left earlier than the top of the second. Garry landed a giant shot to start out spherical three that dropped Inexperienced. Recovering, Inexperienced tried to be the aggressor. A knee up the center by Garry was countered right into a punch by Inexperienced. Garry ended up successful by way of unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

8:40 p.m. ET – Gabe Inexperienced faces Ian Garry up subsequent on the prelims. Garry is taken into account the following huge Irish star in MMA. Inexperienced is aggressive straight away with kicks. Garry counters with kicks. Large excessive kicks by Garry land. Physique and face pictures by Garry join, and so they sound like they damage. He’s technical and dealing round Inexperienced’s protection. Inexperienced is making an attempt to struggle inside, however Garry shouldn’t be having it. Mixture pictures now land and the group did not know learn how to react. 

8:25 p.m. ET – du Plessis and Tavares begin swinging to open the third. The previous has now slowed down as he strikes ahead along with his pictures. Tavares lands physique pictures. Left hand by du Plessis connects, and it’s stunning. Tavares has a chin, as du Plessis continues to unload. It is not fairly, however it’s efficient. Later within the spherical, Tavares began to fireplace again. du Plessis had Tavares out by the cage and beginning tagging him with pictures to finish the struggle. du Plessis would find yourself successful a possible Combat of the Evening contender by way of unanimous determination (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

8:10 p.m. ET – The prelims for UFC 276 have begun. Brad Tavares will likely be going through Dricus du Plessis. Tavares caught du Plessis early on within the first with a giant shot. du Plessis tried to take Tavares down, however Tavares took benefit. A knee by Tavares related. du Plessis with a spinning backfist, however Tavares countered with a entrance kick. Spherical two has each swinging away, with Tavares popping out on high. du Plessis was hitting loaded pictures as he began to get aggressive. Physique kick by Tavares, who’s bleeding throughout his face. Whereas du Plessis is touchdown, he’s wild along with his pictures, forcing him to be out of breath. A left by du Plessis connects earlier than the top of the spherical. 

Andre Muiz beat Uriah Corridor by way of unanimous determination to finish the early prelims. 

Maycee Barber took the win over Jessica Eye. After dropping her fourth struggle in a row, “Evil” Eye referred to as it a profession. 

In the course of the early prelims, Julija Stoliarenko landed a fast armbar onto Jessica-Rose Clark. 

UFC 276 struggle card 

Important card

  • Israel Adesanya (c) def. Jared Cannonier by way of unanimous determination (49–46, 49–46, 50–45) for the UFC middleweight title 
  • Alexander Volkanovski (c) def. Max Holloway by way of unanimous determination (50–45, 50–45, 50–45) for the UFC featherweight title
  • Alex Pereira def. Sean Strickland by way of KO (2:36 into spherical one)
  • Pedro Munhoz vs. Sean O’Malley led to a No Resolution (3:09 into spherical two) 
  • Bryan Barberena def. Robbie Lawler by way of TKO (4:47 into spherical two)  

Prelims

  • Jalin Turner def. Brad Riddell by way of guillotine choke (0:45 into spherical one) 
  • Dricus Du Plessis def. Brad Tavares by way of unanimous determination (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 
  • Ian Garry def. Gabriel Inexperienced by way of unanimous determination (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)
  • Jim Miller def. Donald Cerrone by way of guillotine choke (1:32 into spherical two)

FIGHT PASS Prelims

  • Andre Muniz def. Uriah Corridor by way of unanimous determination (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)
  • Maycee Barber def. Jessica Eye by way of unanimous determination (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 
  • Julija Stoliarenko def. Jessica-Rose Clark by way of armbar (0:42 into spherical one) 

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