September 26, 2022


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Adesanya insists he’s happy with UFC 276 performance

Undisputed UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has insisted that he is happy with his UFC 276 performance against recent title chaser, Jared Cannonier, although admitting that he wasn’t so ecstatic about the showing.

Adesanya, who headlined UFC 276 earlier this month during International Fight Week, managed to successfully defend his undisputed middleweight crown, handing Cannonier a unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) loss.

This was Adesanya’s sixth title defence since emerging middleweight champion in 2019.

Adesanya’s performance against Cannonier was widely criticized with the two rarely engaged for long periods. Hollywood, Chris Pratt infamously first took issues with Adesanya’s display, before eventually apologising for his comments.

Breaking down his own performance against challenger, Cannonier on City Kickboxing staple, Adesanya insisted that he was “happy” with his display.

“I rewatched it two days after the fight and I watched it once, that’s all I needed for now,” Israel Adesanya said on his YouTube channel. “I wasn’t ecstatic about the performance, but I was happy with it. It wasn’t what people were trying to make it out to be.

“I didn’t really take my foot off the gas too much,” Israel Adesanya explained. “The only time I wasn’t able to was when he (Jared Cannonier) held me against the fence. I broke away when I needed to and kept on fighting, as soon as I broke away. I’d normally just keep on him straight away because I know he’s tired from holding me because I could feel his squeeze just holding me… When he weakened, I got away and put pressure on him straight away, trying to create openings. I just wasn’t able to create the ones that I needed at the time. But yeah, these things happen.”

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Adesanya is now expected to draw former kickboxing opponent, Alex Pereira before the end of this year in his next title showdown – with the Brazilian stopping Sean Strickland with a brutal first-round KO also at UFC 276.