Lengthy-time middleweight king Israel Adesanya will defend his title in opposition to Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 on July 2 on the T-Cell Area in Las Vegas.
It was additionally introduced throughout the UFC 274 broadcast that featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will full his trilogy of fights with Max Holloway within the co-main occasion throughout Worldwide Battle Week.
‘The Final Stylebender’ defended his 185lb strap in an uber-competitive rematch in opposition to Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 earlier this yr.
Adesanya initially picked up his title by knocking out ‘The Reaper’ in two rounds in 2019 however wanted the complete 25 minutes to eke out a choice win on the Toyota Heart in Houston, Texas, in Febuary.
Cannonier has earned his shot on the middleweight title by selecting up 5 wins in six fights since dropping down in weight.
The one blemish on his latest document is a choice defeat to Whittaker however since then ‘The Killa Gorilla’ has picked up back-to-back victories over Kelvin Gastelum and Derek Brunson.
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Earlier this week, UFC president Dana White appeared on the Pivot Podcast and throughout the interview, his scheduling board of fights was proven on digital camera for just a few seconds.
Based on his board, the UFC 276 co-main occasion was meant to be a battle between welterweight stars Khamzat Chiamev and Nate Diaz however for no matter motive, that battle is not taking place – at the least not on his explicit card.
Fortunately for battle followers, an epic match-up has changed Chimaev vs. Diaz.
Volkanovski and Holloway will lastly settle their rivalry this summer time.
‘The Nice’ picked up the 145lb belt with a dominant determination win in opposition to Holloway at UFC 245 in December 2019. A rematch shortly adopted and ‘Blessed’ was way more aggressive earlier than he in the end fell to a contentious break up determination defeat.
The third battle was set to happen earlier this yr at UFC 272 however Holloway pulled out of the battle as a consequence of harm and Volkanovski as a substitute fought ‘The Korean Zombie’ at UFC 273, one month later than he was initially scheduled to defend his title.
UFC 276 is likely one of the largest playing cards of the yr and can characteristic a battle between prime middleweight contenders Sean Strickland and Alex Pereira, who holds two wins over Adesanya in kickboxing.
Former champs Robbie Lawler and Miesha Tate are additionally on the cardboard, as is rising star Sean O’Malley who will severely step up his degree of opposition when he takes on Pedro Munhoz.