The UFC returns to our screens for a highly stacked pay-per-view event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will put his gold up for grabs when he welcomes Jared Cannonier in the main event of the evening.
Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at Adesanya and Cannonier, including updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC betting picks, predictions, and analysis.
Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier
UFC 276 Middleweight Main Event Championship Bout
Saturday, July 02, 2022 – 08:00 PM EDT at T-Mobile Arena
Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya (22-1-0)
It’s easy to forget that we’re watching a legacy under construction when Israel Adesanya steps into the octagon.
Not just any legacy, but one that could someday outshine the MMA middleweight accomplishments of the legend known as Anderson Silva.
An 11-0 UFC record at 185lbs and four title defenses have been presented with some of the most technical and artistic styles of striking we’ve ever witnessed.
There are no complaints when Adesanya bouts go the distance because watching his art form unravel in the cage is like peeling back the wrapping paper on Christmas day.
His foundation kickboxing style has been diluted with Muay Thai and boxing to create a master of his craft.
With the tag team intelligence of Eugene Bearman and City Kickboxing gym in Auckland, New Zealand, nobody has compromised the champion on his quest to become the greatest middleweight ever to do it.
Israel Adesanya MMA Accomplishments
- UFC Middleweight Champion (One time, four defenses, current)
- UFC Performance of the Night (Five times)
- UFC Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Anderson Silva & Calvin Gastelum
- Second longest win streak in UFC middleweight history (11)
- AFC Middleweight Champion (One time)
- Hex Fighting Series Middle Champion (One time)
UFC Pick: Israel Adesanya (-360) with BetOnline
Jared “Killa Gorilla” Cannonier (15-5-0)
Seven years since making his UFC debut in the light heavyweight division, the 38-year-old product of the MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona, Jared Cannonier, has finally earned himself an opportunity at championship gold.
During his professional MMA career, Cannonier has knockout successes over heavyweights, light heavyweights, and middleweights.
Still, it looks like “The Killa Gorilla” has found his optimal weight class in the UFC at 185lbs, where he currently owns a 5-1 record, with his only loss coming against the former champion Robert Whittaker.
Cannonier Most Powerful Opponent for Adesanya
Cannonier will undoubtedly be the most powerful opponent that Adesanya has faced during his time at the top, whilst posing a knockout threat like no other.
He isn’t nicknamed the “Killa Gorilla” because of aesthetic purposes; this man hits like a truck and will be aiming to send the champion's head into the first row of the T-Mobile Arena.
Jared Cannonier MMA Accomplishments
- UFC Performance of the Night (Four times)
- UFC Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Ion Cutelaba
- AFC Heavyweight Champion (One time)
UFC Pick: Jared Cannonier (+300) with Bovada
Adesanya vs Cannonier Breakdown and Analysis
Adesanya’s Fight Style
The 6-foot-4 frame behind an 80” arm reach becomes problematic for both wrestlers and strikers attempting to establish their game plan versus Adesanya.
Constantly switching stances between southpaw and conventional with a continuous world of faints are what sets his striking apart from a low to a mid-level striker.
He’ll give the bait, and most fighters have no choice but to bite, often paying for it. His confidence in the octagon is incomparable, and unless you can wrestle and maintain a grounded position, finding success in a striking battle will be incredibly challenging for anybody at 185lbs.
How Can Adesanya Defeat the Cannonier?
The speed, counter-striking ability, and a mixture of low and high kicks with a boxing output fired from both stances are exceptional.
To overcome Cannonier, Adesanya doesn’t need to alter his past game plans against knockout artists such as Paulo Costa, Whittaker, and Gastelum; he just needs to be himself.
Cannonier’s Fight Style
You would be led to believe that Cannonier’s best opportunity to overcome the champion would be his knockout ability, but head-hunting Adesanya could be the worst game plan.
The only viable path to victory for Cannonier, and any middleweight fighter, is to avoid Adesanya’s bread and butter which is a stand-up battle with space.
How Can Cannonier Defeat Adesanya?
The challenger must remove the space, brawl, incorporate grappling, and make this contest as ugly as possible. Should he remove the technical aspect of Adesanya’s game, a knockout opportunity could present itself.
Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier Betting Prediction
The available odds at Bookmakers Review favor the champion, and we shouldn’t expect anything less. Adesanya has given us no reason to begin doubting him at 185lbs.
Adesanya moneyline odds of -360 could become helpful for a parlay, but as a straight wager, approaching prices like this will only damage our long-term investment.
For this reason, and because I expect the durability of Cannonier to keep him in the fight, expecting this bout to reach the judges’ scorecards and this can provide us with a more significant piece of betting value.
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UFC 276 Main Card
Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier [UFC Middleweight main event title bout]
Alex Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway [UFC Featherweight co-main event title bout]
Sean Strickland vs. Alex Pereira [UFC Middleweight bout]
Lauren Murphy vs. Miesha Tate [UFC Women’s Flyweight bout]
Pedro Munhoz vs. Sean O’Malley [UFC Bantamweight bout]
UFC 276 Preliminary Card
Brad Riddell vs. Jalin Turner [UFC Lightweight bout]
Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena [UFC Welterweight bout]
Ian Garry vs. Gabe Green [UFC Welterweight bout]
Jessica Eye vs. Maycee Barber [UFC Women’s Flyweight bout]
Uriah Hall vs. Andre Muniz [UFC Middleweight bout]
Jim Miller vs. Donald Cerrone [UFC Lightweight bout]
Brad Tavares vs. Dricus Du Plessis [UFC Middleweight bout]
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Julija Stoliarenko [UFC Women’s Bantamweight bout