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UFC 276 LIVE results: Adesanya vs Cannonier stream and latest updates tonight
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Israel Adesanya and teammate Alexander Volkanovski shone at UFC 276 on Saturday night, with both men retaining their titles at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In the main event, Adesanya was largely untroubled by Jared Cannonier in easing to a decision win, remaining middleweight champion and unbeaten in the division with the victory. Some had predicted that Adesanya’s versatile striking game and ring IQ would prove too much for the powerful but perhaps one-dimensional Cannonier, and that proved to be the case as the “Last Stylebender” filled out 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45 scorecards.

In the co-main event, Volkanovski – who trains with Adesanya at City Kickboxing – made it a clean sweep in his trilogy with Max Holloway. Volkanovski outpointed Holloway in 2019 to win the featherweight title before replicating the feat in 2020 to retain the gold. Many fans disputed the Australian’s second victory over Hawaiian Holloway, but the champion left no doubt on Saturday, winning all five rounds on all three judges’ scorecards. The numbers reflected a masterful showing of striking offence and defence from Volkanovski, who made Holloway look like a UFC newcomer rather than a fighter seen by some as the greatest featherweight of all time. Re-live updates and see all results from UFC 276, below.

UFC 276 LIVE

  • Adesanya def. Cannonier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)

  • Volkanovski def. Holloway via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

  • Pereira def. Strickland via first-round KO (punches, 2:36)

  • Barberena def. Lawler via second-round TKO (punches, 4:47)

  • Munhoz vs O’Malley ends as No Contest due to accidental eye poke (Round 2, 3:09)

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Here’s our full report from UFC 276:

Israel Adesanya untroubled by Jared Cannonier as title reign continues at UFC 276

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An increasingly familiar sight...

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Adesanya calls out Pereira, who knocked out Strickland earlier tonight and finished Adesanya during the pair’s kickboxing career.

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Israel Adesanya def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45).

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Adesanya vs Cannonier – Round 5

Clean jab gets through for Adesanya. Cannonier fires back with a flurry of punches.

The final buzzer goes. A comfortable win for Adesanya, you’d presume.

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Adesanya vs Cannonier – Round 5

Last round, can Cannonier get the finish that he surely needs?

The crowd is getting restless again.

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Adesanya vs Cannonier – Round 4

Again Cannonier is unable to complete a takedown. He has Adesanya up against the fence but can’t advance the position past that point.

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Adesanya vs Cannonier – Round 4

Adesanya is using his jab to increasingly impressive effect.

Cannonier is forced to chase the champion. Now Adesanya pushes back the challenger.

Adesanya ducks under a punch as Cannonier comes forward, and the American crashes clumsily into the fence.

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Adesanya vs Cannonier – Round 3

Cannonier telegraphs a takedown attempt, and Adesanya shakes him off with relative ease.

Both men switch stances again. Once more Cannonier tries for a takedown, but again he’s denied.

Adesanya smuggles a head kick behind a left hand.

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Adesanya vs Cannonier – Round 2

An accidental eye poke from Adesanya means a brief pause in the action.

And we’re back under way. Again a well-timed leg kick by Adesanya stumbles Cannonier.

Good right hand by Adesanya to end the round, then he teases Cannonier by wagging his finger at his challenger.

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Adesanya vs Cannonier – Round 2

Adesanya grazes Cannonier with a head kick. Nice low kick by the challenger now.

Both men throw leg kicks simultaneously, with Adesanya slightly quicker and dropping his opponent.

Cannonier jumps back to his feet. Adesanya soon blocks a head kick.

The crowd is starting to get restless, though...

Adesanya begins to mix up his strikes, still making Cannonier miss.

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Adesanya vs Cannonier – Round 1

Cannonier doesn’t seem to know what to do at the moment. Adesanya is starting to work his jab.

He subtly switches to southpaw while stepping backwards.

Low kick, right straight from Adesanya.

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Adesanya vs Cannonier – Round 1

No touch of gloves.

Can Adesanya replicate his teammate Volkanovski’s masterclass from moments ago?

Adesanya throwing leg kicks and blocking Cannonier’s. A wild, winging overhand right is dodged by the champion.

Adesanya switches stances and twitches – not even fully feinting yet.

He hammers an inside low kick at Cannonier.

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Here. We. Go!

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Adesanya, 32, is 22-1 as a pro – his only loss coming at light heavyweight.

Meanwhile, 38-year-old Cannonier is 15-5, having impressed at middleweight after stints at heavyweight and light heayweight.

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Adesanya emerges to The Undertaker’s WWE walkout music, carrying an urn and wearing a black hat.

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It’s time for the main event!

Israel Adesanya defends the middleweight belt against Jared Cannonier, wiith the champion a heavy favourite to retain the gold and continue his dominant run atop the division.

Here’s our preview:

Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier is a case of dynamism vs dynamite at UFC 276

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Volkanovski hints at a move up to lightweight: “If I get both belts, I’ll keep both [divisions] busy.”

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Volkanovski: “Max Holloway is an absolute beast.

“Everyone back home, whether you love me or hate me, stand up for yourself.”

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Alexander Volkanovski def. Max Holloway via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45).

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Volkanovski vs Holloway – Round 5

More of the same so far. Volkanovski misses with a wild hook, though, and Holloway drives for a takedown...

He won’t get it. Soon he’s got his back against the fence, as Volkanovski clinches then deals out a couple of spiteful elbows.

Holloway’s face is a bloody mess.

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Holloway’s team tell him he needs a finish. They’re damn right.

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Volkanovski vs Holloway – Round 4

Holloway is still coming forward but is getting countered constantly.

Volkanovski catches a couple of body kicks. Holloway just can’t make any in-roads.

The Hawaiian lands a spinning back kick to the body.

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Volkanovski vs Holloway – Round 3

We have another clinch now, with Volkanovski using his strength advantage to establish the dominant position.

A fierce elbow by the Australian on the break, too. He lands a well-timed counter hook now.

A stinging jab from Volkanovski. He looks levels above Holloway at the moment.

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Volkanovski vs Holloway – Round 3

Volkanovski is surely two rounds to the good so far.

A one-two lands for the Aussie. Great defence by him now, too, with Holloway desperately trying to land something of note.

A right hook and right uppercut land for Volkanovski. Holloway catches him with a left hand as the champion kicks low.

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Volkanovski vs Holloway – Round 2

Piercing jabs from Volkanovski, who narrowly evades a right straight.

Holloway comes forward with a combination but fails to land anything of note.

Nasty inside leg kick from Volkanovski, when Holloway was not expecting it.

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Volkanovski vs Holloway – Round 2

The featherweights trade leg kicks. Volkanovski works his jab and steps off to his left.

Good defensive jabs by the champion, who then connects with a winging right overhand.

Hard leg kicks from Holloway, though. He keeps up the pressure. The fighters clinch, and Volkanovski drives Holloway to the fence.

Holloway is able to stay on his feet and get free. He’s been cut over his left eye, though, and the wound is leaking very badly.

That could prove an issue for the former champion...

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Volkanovski vs Holloway – Round 1

Clean inside low kick by Volkanovski. He’s landing these right hands almost at will. Now the Australian blocks another head-kick attempt.

The pair clinch briefly. A stern jab lands for Volkanovski, who is looking terrific so far.

Again they clinch, with Holloway landing a knee in close. They separate, and Holloway steps in with a grazing right hand.

He just about lands a spinning back elbow on the buzzer.

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Volkanovski vs Holloway – Round 1

The crowd is loud already. Holloway presses forward, flicking out some body kicks. He has a considerable height advantage.

Volkanovski blocks a high kick then kicks low himself. Holloway ducks in for a jab and narrowly evades a left hook on his way out.

Right straight lands for Volkanovski, who then connects with a combination. Another right hand by the champion.

Holloway kicks to the body then goes low.

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Here we go!

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Twenty-one straight wins for Volk.

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This one feels seismic.

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Volkanovski outpointed Holloway in 2019 to take the belt from the Hawaiian, before retaining it in their rematch in 2020 with another decision victory – the latter result proving controversial in the eyes of many fans.

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Here we go. Two of the best – arguably the two best – featherweights of all time square off for the third time.

It’s Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway 3, for the title yet again.

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Adesanya will be taking note of that, that’s for sure...

He has to have full focus on Cannonier tonight, though.

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Alex Pereira def. Sean Strickland via first-round KO (2:36).

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It was a left hook that dropped Strickland to a knee, then as the American tried to stand, a short right put him out cold.

One more right for good measure from Pereira, but it was already over.

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Strickland vs Pereira – Round 1

Strickland plods forward. He checks a leg kick then blocks a high kick.

Pereira just misses with a one-two up top. Now he jabs to the body, throws a right upstairs, then an outside low kick. Good variety from the former kickboxing champion.

OH! PEREIRA PUTS STRICKLAND DOWN AND OUT!

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Next up, middleweights Sean Strickland and Alex Pereira go head to head.

The winner of this fight could well get the next title shot, especially if it’s Pereira and Adesanya wins later.

Pereira fought and beat Adesanya twice during their kickboxing careers. In their second meeting, Pereira won via knockout...

The Brazilian is a relative newcomer to MMA, having only started training two years ago, but he’s 2-0 in the UFC and 5-1 overall.

Meanwhile, American Strickland is on an impressive six-fight win streak.

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Bryan Barberena def. Robbie Lawler via second-round TKO (punches, 4:47).

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Lawler vs Barberena – Round 2

What a round that opener was.

Barberena is keeping up a ridiculous volume here, but Lawler is landing the heavier shots.

He’s starting to hurt Barberena now. Barberena’s nose is busted up.

Barberena comes forward now, though! Lawler looks tired and is failing to block these strikes...

Barberena with a slicing elbow as Lawler backs up against the fence! Lawler is standing square, Barberena pours on punches, and the referee waves it off!!

Lawler was out on his feet against the fence!

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Lawler vs Barberena – Round 1

Barberena slides in a couple of sly back elbows! Lawler with an uppercut.

Brutal right hook by Lawler, then an uppercut! Those shots follow another precise body attack.

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Lawler vs Barberena – Round 1

Southpaw vs southpaw. Leg kicks early from Barberena. Lovely right uppercut to the liver from Lawler.

“Robbie” is the chant from the Vegas crowd. Both men land punches while standing in front of each other.

Barberena with his own body shot. Lawler seems to hurt his compatriot somewhat with a hard hook!

They’re still trading in the pocket. Barberena with more body shots.

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Now here comes former champion Lawler.

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Barberena emerges to “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. Plenty of dancing from the American.

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Let’s hope for less controversy next!

It’s Robbie Lawler vs Bryan Barberena at welterweight.

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Pedro Munhoz vs Sean O’Malley ends as No Contest due to accidental eye poke (Round 2, 3:09).

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That’s so unlucky. O’Malley’s fingers were even pointed up to the ceiling; he was just trying to post as Munhoz entered.

Both fighters hug one another. What a shame. Some thought this could be fight of the night.

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“All I see is black,” says Munhoz.

And the fight is waved off. No Contest.

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Munhoz vs O’Malley – Round 2

O’Malley just misses with a wheel kick. Munhoz pushes forward but stays patient; he holds off throwing any shots for now.

O’Malley is also wary of overcommitting. He flicks out more teep kicks.

We’ll have another brief break, with O’Malley having accidentally caught Munhoz with an eye poke.

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Munhoz vs O’Malley – Round 1

O’Malley blocks a high kick. Munhoz does the same.

O’Mally with a more successful spinning back kick now; it’s only partially blocked.

Munhoz tries his own spinning attack from range, and O’Malley mocks him by doing a twirl.

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Munhoz vs O’Malley – Round 1

O’Malley and Munhoz both switch stances early on.

A series of leg kicks from Munhoz, with both men standing orthodox now.

O’Malley wings an overhand right. It’s blocked, but he does find homes for a few teep kicks to the body.

O’Mally tries a spinning back kick, but he’s too far away. He’s starting to check some of Munhoz’s low kicks well.

We’ll have a brief pause in the action after an accidental low blow from O’Malley via a front kick.

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Here we go!

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“Suga” Sean O’Malley faces his toughest test yet here as he takes on Pedro Munhoz.

Can O’Malley keep building the hype?

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The atmosphere at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas seems to be quite something. Great prelims will have helped, that’s for sure.

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It seems Pedro Munhoz and Sean O’Malley will open the main card with their bantamweight clash.

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Next up is the main card!

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Turner: “I come to make it entertaining for you guys. I don’t get paid by the round either, so I’m in and out.”

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Jalin Turner def. Brad Riddell via first-round submission (guillotine choke, 0:45).

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Riddell vs Turner – Round 1

It’s already over!!! Turner gets the fight to the mat and locks in a guillotine, which forces the tap from Riddell!

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This should be a fun one... Brad Riddell vs Jalin Turner at lightweight!

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Miller and Cerrone entered this fight with 23 UFC wins each – a joint-record.

Miller now moves clear of his fellow American, who will never record another UFC victory following his retirement tonight.

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Cerrone takes off his gloves and leaves them on the mat. He’s calling time on his career.

“Thank you, Las Vegas. I don’t love it anymore. It’s hard for me to get up. I’m going to be a movie star, baby.

“Hopefully one day I’m in the Hall of Fame. Thank you so much.”

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Jim Miller def. Donald Cerrone via second-round submission (guillotine choke, 1:32).

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Cerrone vs Miller – Round 2

Miller misses with a left hand, but his elbow seems to graze Cerrone.

Miller checks an inside leg kick. Cerrone slips while landing a head kick, and Miller pounces with a guillotine choke!

It looks to be in tight... and there’s the tap!!!

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Cerrone vs Miller – Round 1

The round ends with both men trying for leg locks – unsuccessfully.

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Cerrone vs Miller – Round 1

Cerrone takes the centre of the ring, but neither man is throwing much so far.

Miller catches a body kick and takes down Cerrone, who quickly looks for an armbar!

He doesn’t have enough purchase, however, and Miller quickly slips free before entering Cerrone’s guard.

He lands some clean punches, before Cerrone reverses the position. He’s now in Miller’s full guard.

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Donald Cerrone has had two fights fall through recently, but he’s finally back in the Octagon tonight for a rematch with Jim Miller.

“Cowboy” knocked out Miller in their 2014 clash.

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Garry moves to 10-0 as a pro, and 3-0 in the UFC.

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Ian Garry def. Gabe Green via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

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Garry vs Green – Round 3

Green pushes forward, and Garry attempts a jumping knee to deter the American.

A few jabs land for Garry now. He’s still very light on his feet. “Garry” chants echo around the T-Mobile Arena.

Knee to the body from Garry, who has picked his shots impressively tonight.

We’ll go to the judges’ scorecards.

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Garry vs Green – Round 3

Clean inside leg kick from Garry, who then drops Green with a counter punch early in the round!

Green is able to stand and clinch the Irishman against the fence. He tries for a trip, but Garry denies him.

More good defence from Garry, who eventually makes enough space for a knee up top. He then steps away to reset.

A right hand gets through for the Irishman.

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Garry vs Green – Round 2

Green with a right low kick then a left hook up top! Garry comes back with a slapping overhand.

Green is trying to make this more of a brawl, depriving Garry of time to pick his shots.

A big left hand connects for Green just before the buzzer! A great spell for the American at the end of a good round for Garry...

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Garry vs Green – Round 2

Again Green presses forward. Garry grazes him with a head kick then appears to accidentally poke Green in the eye.

Garry voluntarily gives Green a moment to recover. We’re soon back under way.

Hard outside leg kick from Garry. He then kicks high and lands a one-two while moving backwards.

Green gets close enough to clinch against the fence then looks for a trip. Nice defence from Garry so far.

It’s actually Garry who is able to get a trip and go straight into mount! He tries to take the back, but Green slips around and does so himself!

Garry stays calm and stands before getting into space. He times a right straight perfectly and seems to wobble Green somewhat...

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Garry vs Green – Round 1

Green presses forward early. Garry lands a decent knee up the middle then sees a head kick blocked.

A clean inside leg kick connects for Garry. Good head movement from the youngster, who then slings a right hand at Green.

Garry finds a home for a one-two that appears to hurt Green slightly. The American is cut under his left eye. More rapid punches get through for Garry...

Green steps in with a straight southpaw left. Garry with a terrific combination in response, though, starting and ending with punches but with a head kick in the middle!

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Next up, unbeaten Irishman Ian Garry, 24, is in action against fellow welterweight Gabe Green!

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Du Plessis: “Holy smokes, he took some big ones. I took some big ones, too.”

That’s five wins in a row for Du Plessis, who is 3-0 in the UFC.

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Dricus Du Plessis def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

A fair result, as Indy Sport sees it.

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Tavares vs Du Plessis – Round 3

Both men land punches in a scrappy exchange. A left head kick gets through for Tavares, who then smacks Du Plessis with a body kick off the other side!

A right overhand connects for Du Plessis, though, and he tags on a left hook, too.

Du Plessis is landing punches with increasing frequency now... Both men are covered in blood; is it all Tavares’? It might be!

Du Plessis lands a well-timed knee in close as Tavares ducks while coming forward.

That will be the last major action of the fight!

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Tavares vs Du Plessis – Round 2

Du Plessis lands a body kick then steps in with a knee to the liver. Now he comes forward again with one-twos... he’s cut Tavares’ face quite badly!

Tavares steps forward but is almost caught with a spinning back elbow; he partially blocks it. Now the American kicks low.

Du Plessis wings a left hand then shoots for a takedown, but Tavares sprawls well to defend it. A nice counter jab from the American now as Du Plessis rushes forward with punches.

Du Plessis has been breathing with his mouth wide open for some time now... Still, he’s got enough in the tank to stumble Tavares with a counter punch with seconds left in the round!

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Tavares vs Du Plessis – Round 1

Du Plessis seems to be caught by a hook while storming forward.

He’s able to clinch against the fence, but an ill-advised trip from the South African sees him land below Tavares in side control.

Du Plessis is able to squirm into space and reach the fence, where he stands. Tavares backs him up now and sees a head kick blocked, but he hurts Du Plessis with a flurry!

Du Plessis is able to stand quickly, but he’s being held against the fence by Tavares now. Du Plessis gets free and partially lands a spinning back fist. He’s going for broke in every exchange and that may just cost him.

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Next up: Brad Tavares vs Dricus Du Plessis in a middleweight bout.

Our round-by-round coverage starts now!

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Jessica Eye announced her retirement after losing to Maycee Barber.

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Welcome to our live coverage of UFC 276!

Here are the early prelim results:

Andre Muniz def. Uriah Hall via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Maycee Barber def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Julija Stoliarenko def. Jessica-Rose Clark via first-round submission (armbar, 0:42)

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T-minus 10 minutes until the UFC 276 prelims begin!

We’ll have round-by-round updates then, plus a recap of the early preliminary results.

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On international fight week, The Independent has picked the best combatant to have graced each division in MMA’s best-known promotion.

Does Adesanya feature? Has either Volkanovski or Holloway claimed the men’s featherweight spot?

Find out here:

The best UFC fighters of all time ranked

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Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski engaged in an invigorated exchange at the UFC 276 pre-fight press conference on Thursday.

Volkanovski dethroned Holloway as champion in 2019 with a points victory, before repeating the feat in 2020 to retain the title. The latter result was disputed by many fans, and Holloway’s subsequent wins against Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez have led the Hawaiian back to Volkanovski, as the pair prepare for a trilogy bout in tonight’s co-main event in Las Vegas.

“This guy is talking about a three-peat or something. This guy don’t even got three highlights in the UFC,” Holloway said of Australian Volkanovski, who has beaten Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung since his second fight with “Blessed”.

“All week, all I’ve heard is you guys talking about damage. All you guys: ‘Damage this, damage that.’ I’m known for taking damage, and he’s known for not giving it.”

“Oh, Max came to play. I love it,” replied Volkanovski, who is on a remarkable 21-fight win streak. “That’s why you can’t spar anymore, because you get punched in the head too much.”

More here:

Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski trade barbs at UFC 276 press conference

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Odds for tonight...

Adesanya – 1/5; Cannonier – 3/1.

Volkanovski – 1/2; Holloway – 6/4.

Via Betfair.

UFC 276 live stream: How to watch Adesanya vs Cannonier online and on TV tonight

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When Israel Adesanya defends the UFC middleweight title against Jared Cannonier tonight, it could well be a matter of dynamism versus dynamite.

During Adesanya’s three-year reign, almost every defence has been defined by a display of deft striking, the former kickboxing champion utilising his height, range, slickness of movement and precise timing to create angles and openings. Ultimately, he dismantles his opponents.

In stark contrast, Cannonier does not specialise in deconstruction but rather outright destruction. A former heavyweight and light heavyweight, the American has carried his brutalist barrages down to 185lbs, where he has gone 5-1 with four stoppage wins.

Read our full main-event preview here:

Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier is a case of dynamism vs dynamite at UFC 276

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The card will air live on BT Sport in the UK, with the broadcaster’s app and website also streaming the fights.

In the US, ESPN+ will stream the action live, as will the UFC’s Fight Pass.

UFC 276 live stream: How to watch Adesanya vs Cannonier online and on TV tonight

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Main card

Israel Adesanya (C) vs Jared Cannonier (middleweight title)

Alexander Volkanovski (C) vs Max Holloway 3 (featherweight title)

Sean Strickland vs Alex Pereira (middleweight)

Pedro Munhoz vs Sean O’Malley (bantamweight)

Prelims

Brad Riddell vs Jalin Turner (lightweight)

Robbie Lawler vs Bryan Barberena (welterweight)

Ian Garry vs Gabe Green (welterweight)

Jim Miller vs Donald Cerrone (lightweight)

Brad Tavares vs Dricus Du Plessis (middleweight)

Early prelims

Uriah Hall vs Andre Muniz (middleweight)

Jessica Eye vs Maycee Barber (women’s flyweight)

Jessica Rose-Clark vs Julija Stoliarenko (women’s bantamweight)

UFC 276 card: Adesanya vs Cannonier and all fights tonight

UFC 276 LIVE

Saturday 2 July 2022 23:06 , Alex Pattle

The UFC will present another championship double-header this evening, as the middleweight and featherweight titles are contested at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In the main event of UFC 276, which caps off International Fight Week, Israel Adesanya defends the middleweight belt against Jared Cannonier, wiith the champion a heavy favourite to retain the gold and continue his dominant run atop the division. In the co-main event, Alexander Volkanovski puts the featherweight title on the line against Max Holloway, in what is the third in-ring meeting between the pair.

Volkanovski outpointed Holloway in 2019 to take the belt from the Hawaiian, before retaining it in their rematch in 2020 with another decision victory. The controversial nature of that latter result has led the rivals to square off again tonight in one of numerous highly-anticipated bouts. Elsewhere on the card, rising bantamweight star “Suga” Sean O’Malley faces Pedro Munhoz, while Sean Strickland and Alex Pereira go head to head in a middleweight contest that could determine the next contender for a title shot. Strickland traded barbs with Adesanya at this week’s press conference, while Pereira beat the champion twice during the pair’s kickboxing days, knocking out Adesanya in the second of those clashes.

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