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Israel Adesanya defeats Jared Cannonier to retain title

Field Level Media
03 Jul 2022, 16:05 GMT+10

Israel Adesanya is still the UFC middleweight champion.

Adesanya defeated challenger Jared Cannonier by unanimous decision on Saturday at UFC 276 in Las Vegas.

Adesanya took the cards 49-46, 49-46, 50-45.

"They had an excellent gameplan," Adesanya said about Cannonier's team. "It was really hard to get my follow-ups going."

Adesanya improves to 12-0 in the middleweight division, second-longest streak in UFC behind Anderson Silva (13-0).

Adesanya called out who he wants to fight next: Alex Pereira, who owns two wins over Adesanya in kickboxing. Pereira also fought - and won - on the undercard Saturday night. Pereira was in the arena for Adesanya's pronouncement.

"The first time I told you it was an error on my part spamming the right hand," Adesanya said to Pereira. "That was in kickboxing. ... Next time I punch you, you'll be on skates and you're gonna be frozen like Elsa. I'll leave it at that."

In the co-main event, Alexander Volkanovski battered Max Holloway in their five-round featherweight title fight and won by unanimous decision.

Volkanovski took the cards 50-45 across the board.

Volkanovski landed 199 signature strikes, opening up cuts to Holloway's face by fight's end.

--Field Level Media

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