Summer begins, Ultimate Fighting Championship. Live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, fans can look forward to five matches on the main card, including two highly anticipated title fights.
Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya welcomes his latest challenge in the form of a devastating knockout artist in the form of Jared Kannoner. The Alaskan veteran gets his first chance at gold at 37 after trekking through both the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions before settling at 185lbs. Adesanya, meanwhile, maintains a perfect middleweight record with his only defeat coming in a bid to earn a second title at £205.
Adesanya made his MMA debut in 2012. Since joining the UFC in 2018, Adesanya is 11-1 with promotion. He beat Kelvin Gastelum in 2019 for the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight title. That same year, he defeated Robert Whitaker via KO to win the middleweight title.
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Israel Adesanya vs Jared Kannoner, welterweight
There is a strong argument that can be made that Adesanya is the best pure striker in MMA today. Much of that is attributed to his oddly long frame as it allows him to do things other people can’t. However, having a unique frame is not enough to make a fighter a great attacker. Adesanya technology is very clean, pure and very precise. He doesn’t have bone-breaking power, but if he kicks or punches just in the right place, he’s as capable of turning out lights as anyone else.
If the American is an outsider, do not underestimate his powerful blow capable of sending anyone to rock bottom. Jared Cannonier is 15 wins including 10 from K-O for 5 losses. Since his debut in the middleweight category, Killa Gorilla has had 5 wins and only 1 loss to Robert Whitaker. A golden opportunity to shock the world and get away with its belt.
Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Jared Kannoner for the UFC middleweight title
Alexander Volkanovsky (c) vs. Max Holloway for the 3rd featherweight title at the Ultimate Fighting Championship
Shaun Strickland vs Alex Pereira. middle weights
Pedro Munhos vs. Sean O’Malley; bantamweight weights
Robbie Lawler vs Brian Barberina. heavy weight
Brad Riddle vs. Jalen Turner; Light weight
Ian Gary vs. Gabriel Greene; heavy weight
Jim Miller vs. Donald Cerrone. heavy weight
Brad Tavares vs. Dricos du Plessis; middle weights
Date: July 2
Time: Prelims 8 p.m. ET, main card 10 p.m. ET
Stream / Channel: ESPN / ESPN +