Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier Announced as UFC 276 Main Event

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After weeks of speculation, the crown jewel of International Fight Week successful July has its main event.

During Saturday’s UFC 274 broadcast, the promotion announced that middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (22-1) volition look Jared Cannonier (15-5) successful the main lawsuit of UFC 276 connected July 2. The paper caps disconnected this year’s Fight Week festivities, which volition see instrumentality events, conscionable and greets, the yearly UFC Hall of Fame ceremony, and different attractions.

As precocious arsenic March, the promotion had been targeting a combat betwixt Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards for the event. But with Usman nursing a manus injury, it appears that combat volition person to wait. Instead, Adesanya vs. Cannonier tops the marquee, with Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 3 for the featherweight rubric serving arsenic the co-headliner.

Adesanya, who captured middleweight golden successful 2019, archetypal claiming an interim loop other Kelvin Gastelum, past dethroning Robert Whittaker to unify the titles, has defended his loop 4 times. The lone blemish connected his grounds came successful a failed bid to triumph a 2nd satellite championship, astatine airy heavyweight against Jan Blachowicz past year.

Most recently, Adesanya erstwhile again defeated Whittaker, going the region with the Australian erstwhile champ astatine UFC 271 this past February.

Cannonier has agelong been connected the radar of “The Last Stylebender.” Adesanya singled him retired arsenic a imaginable hostile good implicit a twelvemonth ago; aft a setback against Whittaker successful 2020, he’s won 2 consecutive implicit Kelvin Gastelum and Derrick Brunson.

Overall, Cannoner, a.k.a. “The Killa Gorilla,” is 5-1 successful his past six fights. Four of those wins came wrong the distance.

UFC 276 goes down connected July 2, 2022 astatine the T-Mobile Arena successful Las Vegas, Nevada. The pursuing bouts person been reported for the lawsuit to date:

Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier – for the UFC middleweight championship Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Max Holloway – for the UFC featherweight championship Miesha Tate vs. Lauren Murphy Jessica Eye vs. Maycee Barber Brad Tavares vs. Dricus du Plessis Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Julija Stoliarenko Uriah Hall vs. André Muniz Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena Sean Strickland vs. Alex Pereira Sean O’Malley vs. Pedro Munhoz
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