UFC 276: Israel Adesanya to defend title again July 2

UFC champ Israel Adesanya

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya is set to take on Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 on July 2 at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Adesanya, who is considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, signed a lucrative contract extension with the UFC prior to his last title defence in February when he beat Robert Whittaker in their rematch.

His only loss from 23 mixed martial arts fights came when he attempted to capture a second UFC title in the light heavyweight division against then-champion, Jan Blachowicz, in March 2021.

Adesanya’s rematch with Whittaker came three years since the first in 2019. The Nigerian-New Zealand fighter won that fight by knockout.

Meanwhile, Cannonier has earned a shot at the title by winning five of his past six fights, including victories over Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum, and Derek Brunson.

His loss during that time came against former champion Whittaker.