Israel Adesanya told ‘something is missing’ in reaction to ‘snoozer’ with Jared Cannonier

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Israel Adesanya comfortably outpointed Jared Cannonier as the crowd booed the lacklustre display. Adesanya won with scorecards of 49-46, 49-46, 50-45 as he successfully defended his UFC middleweight title for a fifth time on Sunday morning.

During the fight, “The Style Bender” adopted a more conservative approach shutting out his adversary with a slow-paced technical striking clinic. Fans seemed more entertained by Adensanya’s impression of “The Undertaker” in his walk-out than the fight itself, as the champion walked out to the WWE Hall of Famer’s entrance song holding the mystic urn and donning the deadman’s iconic wide-brimmed hat.

Adesanya would go on to pull out another pop culture reference when he made a nod to “Frozen” in his promise to avenge a loss to Alex Pereira, who knocked out Sean Strickland earlier in the night putting him in pole position for a title shot next. Now, with fighters and media alike weighing in on the contest Express Sport gives you all the reactions from the UFC 276 headliner.

Reaction

Guyanese UFC welterweight Carlston Harris said: “Main event was more like a sparring match in the gym. Congratulations to the champ on retaining his title. Now is Pereira vs ADESANYA.”

Former UFC fighter Gerald Harris said: “5 rounds of sparring and Jared had a terrible game plan.”

Severe MMA’s Seán Sheehan added: “Adesanya’s star will never rise to where it could with fights like that.”

MMA journalist Shaheen Al-Shatti of MMAfighting.com said: “Clear win for Israel Adesanya, but that’s three in a row now at MW where we’re using words like ‘tactical’ and ‘technical’ to describe the action. Something is missing since the Jan Blachowicz fight. #UFC276.”

While in a video posted to Twitter, former two-weight UFC champion Henry Cejudo stated: “People are leaving dude look. Don’t hear it from me, look. This guy’s coming out like The Undertaker. I got my brother Pereira right there is about to take him out.”

Before UFC middleweight Kevin Holland simply put: “snooz (sic)”

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Full card results:

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

Alexander Volkanovski def. Max Holloway via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) (retains UFC featherweight title)

Alex Pereira def. Sean Strickland via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:36

Bryan Barberena def. Robbie Lawler via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:47

Pedro Munhoz vs. Sean O’Malley declared no contest (inadvertent eye poke) – Round 2, 3:09

Jalin Turner def. Brad Riddell via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:45

Jim Miller def. Donald Cerrone via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 1:32

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

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

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

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

Julija Stoliarenko def. Jessica-Rose Clark via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:42

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