A loaded UFC 276 ended in ho-hum fashion with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya cruising to a win over Jared Cannonier, who failed to mount any type of significant offense in the main event Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Adesanya and Cannonier's anti-climatic fight drew boos from the crowd and ended with "The Last Stylebender" securing the unanimous decision victory.
Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski also retained his belt by unanimous decision with a dominant performance over five rounds against former champion Max Holloway. It wasn't the outcome many expected when the fight was booked a third time, but Volkanovski proved he was the better fighter once again to go up 3-0 in their trilogy.
Middleweight contender Alex Pereira did give fans in attendance the finish they craved when he landed a vicious left hook that put Sean Strickland down on the canvas. He followed it up with a couple strikes to score the first-round finish and set up a title shot with Adesanya, whom he previously knocked out in a kickboxing match.
UFC 276 live blog
UFC 276 main card full results
Middleweight: Alex Pereira def. Sean Strickland by KO (punch) at 2:36 of R1:
THAT LEFT HOOK FROM PEREIRA PUTS STRICKLAND TO SLEEP pic.twitter.com/fizcUxMJhJ
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Welterweight: Bryan Barberena def. Robbie Lawler by TKO (punches) at 4:47 of R2
Bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz vs. Sean O'Malley ends in no contest (doctor stoppage) at 3:09 of R2
UFC 276 prelims full results
Lightweight: Jalin Turner def. Brad Riddell by submission (mounted guillotine) at 0:45 of R1
Welterweight: Ian Garry def. Gabriel Green by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweight: Dricus du Plessis def. Brad Tavares by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC 276 early prelims full results
Middleweight: André Muniz def. Uriah Hall +255 by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Flyweight: Maycee Barber def. Jessica Eye by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Julija Stoliarenko def. Jessica-Rose Clark by submission (arm bar) at 0:42 of R1: