In July, the reigning middleweight champion will defend his title for the fifth time.

Today, the UFC officially announced the headliners for its 276th show, which will take place on July 2 in Paradise (USA). As expected, closing the card after the trilogy of Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway is entrusted to middle division champion Israel Adesanya and second-best contender Jared Cannonier , nicknamed "Killer Gorilla".

Cannonier (15-5) is on an unimpressive two win streak, but Israel simply has no one else to fight. Last year, Jared knocked out Derek Brunson with an elbow , and before him he won on points with Kelvin Gastelum .

The last defeat was inflicted on the “Gorilla” by ex-champion Robert Whittaker , who cut off his previous winstreak of three wins.

For Adesanya (22-1), this is the fifth defense of the belt, and if he passes Cannonier, then in order to finally clear the division, he will only have to deal with Sean Strickland and at middleweight it will be possible to hang a “Closed until better times” sign while in the Top -5 Alex Perreira , who knocked him out in kickboxing, will not break in . All the rest are no longer interested in the audience.


The only defeat in Israel's MMA career was Jan Blachowicz during his imprudent foray into light heavyweight, where, according to the UFC, he was supposed to deal with a rustic Pole and lay his hands on a second title, but it did not work out. After his fiasco, he defended the title twice in matches with Marvin Vettori and Robert Whittaker , winning both on points.

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