There has been a lot of drama in the main event of UFC 276 with champion Israel Adesanya and his opponent being booed mercilessly.
Alexander Volkanovski cemented his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time and one of the greatest athletes Australia has ever produced when he dismantled Max Holloway in their trilogy fight on Sunday.
The Aussie was on an erratic level as he took a record 22nd straight win and did what no one has ever done to make Holloway look second-rate.
Volkanovski was awarded the win by unanimous decision (50-45 x3) with all three judges awarding him all five rounds.
He was unstoppable. A lust for the eye.
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“This is my damn house,” he barked as he celebrated the win with gusto in the Octagon.
His point is undeniable.
He has nothing left to prove as a featherweight after clearing the division and he is now focused on becoming a double champion in the lightweight belt chase.
The fight was the co-main even on the stacked UFC 276 card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where Kiwi Israel Adesanya hopes to defend his middleweight title for a fifth time.
Adesanya vs Cannonier round by round updates
Round 1 — Israel Adesanya took a theatrical walk to the Octagon, dressed as the WWE’s “Undertaker.” He continued to look like the ogre on the first round as he controlled the fight and gave Cannonier nothing to work with.
Round 2 — Adesanya starts showing after landing some tasty jabs. The fight is stopped mid-round after a look in Cannonier’s face. Cannonier’s eye begins to inflate, but it was already swollen before the eye sting.
Round 3 — Cannonier has his best round and may have even won the round after surprising Adesanya with some level changes. He also landed a high leg kick.
Round 4 — Cannonier doesn’t offer enough to challenge Adesanya and don’t pressure the champion with anything dangerous. The fight is likely 39-37 heading into the final round.
The crowd began to get angry at the lack of action in the Octagon, and Adesanya was content to sit back and launch a counter-attack.
Round 5 — Finally some action. Cannonier starts throwing some combinations and opens up for nice counters from Adesanya. Another round to Adesanya.
World in awe of Aussie Volkanovski
UFC commentators, including Joe Rogan and hall-of-famer Daniel Cormier, were impressed by Volkanovski’s performance.
Rogan said: “This performance tonight was extraordinary. This is the best we’ve seen him watch.
“We’ve never seen Holloway so devastated. His face is confused.”
Cormier said: “I am impressed with his improvements. Volkanovski has never looked so good.”
Volkanovski opened a sickening cut on Holloway’s forehead in the second round and blood began to trickle down the American’s legs.
Volkanovski reopened the cut over Holloway’s eye in the third round.
“That’s nasty,” Joe Rogan said in commentary.
“That is bad.”
After Volkanovski took the third round, Rogan commented: “Volkanovski is just on another level now”.
There had been some spirited friction between Volkanovski and Holloway during Saturday’s weigh-in, with the pair exchanging words behind the stage.
Both fighters were nothing but class when they hugged each other after the fight. It was a fitting end to their epic trilogy.
‘My God’: UFC Star Is Scary
Alex Pereira showed that he will be fighting for the middleweight title at some point in his career with a freaky finish in his first round knockout of Sean Strickland.
Periera left Strickland on shaky legs with a sweet left hook. He topped it off with two clinical follow-up punches that landed on Strickland’s chin as he fell to the ground.
“My God,” said UFC legend Daniel Cormier.
UFC superstar in heated mob brawl
UFC stars Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier had to be separated by security officials after a verbal altercation threatened to become physical in the crowd at UFC 276.
The pair crossed paths near the Octagon and their nonsense heated up before Chandler was led away by a group of guards and members of his entourage.
A video of the moment posted by UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns showed how angry the normally composed Poirier got.
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It comes after the pair recently exchanged words in public comments with Poirier suggesting Chandler “hurts a lot” in his fights. Chandler responded with a post on social media telling Poirier to “zip” it.
‘Nobody does that’: Brutal UFC finish
Joe Rogan was blown away by the moment Jalin Turner took out Kiwi Brad Riddell in just 45 seconds.
Turner produced the highlight of the undercard when he stunned Riddell with a clean right hand, then topped it off with guillotine choke that forced Riddell to tap out.
“Nobody does that to Brad Riddell,” Rogan said.
Turner was icy cold in his post-fight interview.
“I’m here to kill people,” he said.
“I don’t get paid per lap either, so I’m in and out.”
UFC cult hero retires on the spot
Popular fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has retired after being submitted in the second round by Jim Miller.
Cerrone ticked off when Miller held a guillotine choke.
Cerrone got up and put his gloves on the deck, showing that he was ready after 11 years in the fight promotion.
“Thank you, Las Vegas,” he said.
“It’s time to bow. I don’t like it anymore.
“But this is the perfect way to go out.”
He said he’s going to be a Hollywood star.
The win set Miller a new record of 24 wins in the UFC – the most in fight promotion history.
Aussie sustains sickening injury at ugly moment
Jessica-Rose Clarke appeared to sustain a serious arm injury during a first-round TKO loss on the UFC 276 undercard.
The Aussie was sent in in just 43 seconds by Julija Stoliarenko.
Clarke was brought to the ground early, and then disaster struck as she tried to wrestle from a grip of an arm bar.
It ended with a serious injury. There is speculation that Clarke’s arm may also have been broken when her elbow appeared to be dislocated.
“She disrupted it, you can see it,” UFC Hall of Fame inductee Daniel Cormier said in comment.
“It’s badly disrupted. That was nasty. Jessica taps desperately.’
“Perfect timing and execution,” added Joe Rogan.
“The way she passed the guard, the way she got to that position. Watch this level change and watch the wonderful use of the hips and the amazing flexibility in her core to get there, pass that arm and get that arm bar to the other side.
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UFC 276 main card results
Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier – Middleweight title fight
Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway – Featherweight Title Fight
Alex Pereira defeated Sean Strickland via TKO (Round 1)
Bryan Barberena defeated Robbie Lawler via TKO (Round 2)
Pedro Munhoz vs Sean O’Malley, no match after accidental foul
UFC 276 Preliminary Results
Jalin Turner defeated Brad Riddell via TKO Submission (Round 1)
Jim Miller defeated Donald Cerrone via TKO submission (Round 2)
Ian Garry defeated Gabe Green by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Dricus Du Plessis defeated Brad Tavares by unanimous decision (29-28)
Julija Stoliarenko defeated Jessica-Rose Clark via TKO submission (Round 1)
Andre Muniz defeated Uriah Hall by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)