Update 1:13 a.m. Israel Adesanya wins by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45).
It was one of the more dull fights in UFC championship history, but it shows how hard it is to hit Israel Adesanya. Now it’s over and both fighters will feel fine, because both barely got touched. It was the right decision, but it certainly wasn’t a fun bout to watch.
UFC 276 will have the middleweight championship on the line as the title holder Israel Adesanya takes on No. 2 Jared Cannonier for the belt at UFC 276 live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Adesanya is undefeated while competing at middleweight in MMA, with his only loss in MMA coming at light heavyweight almost two years ago. He’s also been knocked out by another fighter on this card in Alex Pereira, but that was in a kickboxing ring. And this bout be in a cage with takedowns allowed, which is where The Last Stylebender has been compared to some of the greatest the sport has seen in his career so far.
Here are the latest odds from DraftKings Sportsbook from the bout, and we’ll update this article with live round-by-round scoring as a winner is determined.
Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-9 Adesanya
Not a ton thrown or landed from either fighter, but what did get through came from the champion. We’ll see more action as this continues, as it’s unlikely both guys stare at each other as much from across the cage. Izzy ahead on significant strikes 19-12 after the first five minutes.
Round 2: 10-9 Adesanya
Besides a flurry from both fighters right before the horn, more of the same. Not a ton of action, but what does land is mostly from Adesanya. He’s ahead, but it feels like something is going to happen one way or the other shortly.
Round 3: 10-9 Cannonier
Though Adesanya landed a couple clean jabs, some nice work in the clinch after two shots taken from Cannonier did enough to win the round. It has hardly been exciting, but that one was a bit closer and we’ll give it to the challenger in a very close one.
Round 4: 10-9 Adesanya
The crowd is booing and restless, and it’s understandable because this has been a snoozer. A bit more activity from Adesanya that wins the round, but we still haven’t seen anything resembling quality activity from either fighter. The challenger is going to either have to let his hands go or take some shots to get the win.
Round 5: 10-9 Adesanya
Welp, be glad you didn’t buy a ticket. The champion likely retains, but it was one of the more boring title fights you’ll ever see. Some decent jabs from Adesanya did enough to take the last point over Cannonier’s one clinch with some knees. But yeah, let’s just act like this didn’t happen.
Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier odds
Over 4.5: -105
Under 4.5: -125
Adesanya by KO/TKO/DQ: +150
Adesanya by Submission: +1600
Adesanya by Decision: +110
Cannonier by KO/TKO/DQ: +600
Cannonier by Submission: +2500
Cannonier by Decision: +1000
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