The UFC returns this weekend with a blockbuster event in the form of UFC 276, featuring two glamorous title bouts. The event falls in the promotion’s 10th international Fight Week. It will be held on July 2, 2022, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, United States. Also taking place this week is the 2022 UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will put his belt on the line for the fifth time against the division’s No. 2 contender Jared Cannonier, in the mouth-watering event headliner. In a trilogy title bout that is going to be an equally exciting affair, featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski locks horns with top contender Max Holloway
Besides the promising fights at the top, the card has more to offer. A middleweight fight pits fourth-ranked Sean Strickland against Alex Pereira, while Pedro Munhoz will square off with Sean Omalley in a bantamweight bout to complete the main card. BettingPremier’s take on the major fights will follow.
Details of UFC 276:
Main event: Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas United States
Date: July 2, 2022
Time: 10:00 PM ET / 2:00 AM GMT (next day)
How to live stream UFC 276?
The main card is a pay-per-view event and can be watched on ESPN+
Prelims will be broadcast on ESPN/ESPN+ and ABC, while early prelims will also be on ESPN/ESPN+.
Early prelims can be streamed on UFC Fight Pass.
In the UK, BT Sport is the official broadcaster of UFC.
BELL holds the right to broadcast the fights in Canada this year.
UFC official website and application provide the UFC fight pass for the fans and viewers worldwide to live stream the event based on subscription.
Also, bet365.com offers a live streaming option for active betters in any of the fights in UFC 276.
Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier
Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway
Sean Strickland vs Alex Pereira
Pedro Munhoz vs Sean O’Malley
Brad Ridell vs Jalin Turner
Robbie Lawler vs Bryan Barberena
Ian Garry vs Gabriel Green
Jim Miller vs Donald Cerrone
Uriah Hall vs Andre Muniz
Jessica Eye vs Maycee Barber
Brad Tawares vs Dricus Du Plessis
Jessica-Rose Clark vs Julija Stoliarenko
Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier
Adesanya’s last two bouts were rematches against Marwin Vettori and Robert Whittaker, and ‘The Last Stylebender’ defended his middleweight crown on both occasions. The New Zealander is now pitted against a new contender, Jared Cannonier, who is coming off victories over Kelvin Gastelum and Derek Brunson to earn a title shot.
Cannonier dropped to middleweight in 2018 and has gone 5-1 thus far, with the defeat coming at the hands of Whittaker. Does Cannonier have what it takes to pull off an upset win over Adesanya? Well, it sounds a little far-fetched. “The Killa Gorilla” does have colossal knockout power and all and can’t be written off despite his underdog status.
But Adesanya is in a league of his own. Even though he failed to make an impression in his light-heavyweight debut against the mighty Jan Blancowicz, Adesanya rules the middleweight division. Cannonier is no good when it comes to wrestling, and that will be an issue in this bout. His chances largely depend on his ability to enter the danger area and manage to land that deadly strike, which is pretty risky against a fighter like Adesanya.
The champ is arguably the best counter-striker in the promotion with near-perfect timing and remarkable quickness. It’s unlikely that this fight goes the distance, Adesanya will catch Cannonier with his nasty strikes as the latter comes in.
The Pick: Adesanya via KO
Alexander Volkanovsky vs Max Holloway
Typically trilogy bouts occur when the fighters win a match apiece. Volkanovski has defeated Holloway twice already, first to snatch the featherweight title and then to defend it. The question then is, why a third bout? The outcome of the second fight was a little controversial, plus, despite the losses Holloway remains the No. 1 contender in the division.
There is no writing off Max Holloway. Everyone knows what ‘Blessed’ is capable of. The first bout saw ‘Alexander the Great’ outstrike Holloway who always had the upper hand on striking exchanges up until then. Volkanovsky’s quickness came in handy. The second fight was a close one, it could have gone either man’s way.
Chances are, this weekend’s fight might follow the same pattern. Volkanovsky styopped Chan Sung Jung last time out and remains on top form. Holloway, on the other hand, has significantly improved his boxing game, tellinf from his last two fights against Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez.
In all probability, Holloway will be a much bigger threat than before. However, Volkanovski has never been beaten inside the Octagon, that should give him an edge psychologically. The fight will go the distance and Holloway will have done better on the scorecards.
The Pick: Holloway via decision
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