Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Israel Adesanya defeated American Jared Cannonier in Las Vegas by unanimous decision on Saturday, July 2. The Nigerian, who is in control, remains invincible in his division.
The rapper Drake’s “curse” no longer exists. The singer had missed his last two major sports ventures in mixed martial arts (MMA). In March last year, he lost $ 250,000 in betting on a victory for Jorge Masvidal against Colby Covington. And in May, Drake was wrong again by betting more than $ 400,000 on Justin Gaethje, who was swept away by Charles Oliveira. This time, the Canadian did not lose his money by betting a million dollars on it Israel Adesanya.
Unlike Jared Cannonier, on Saturday, July 2 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, in the metropolis of Las Vegas, the undisputed middleweight champion in the UFC, the most famous of the MMA leagues, did not tremble. Despite the strength of his opponent who was still struggling in heavyweight a few years ago, Israel Adesanya has never been in trouble.
Cannonier without a solution against the champion By often benefiting from a better range thanks to his 1.93 m, “The Last Stylebender” controlled the five rounds that were disputed in the octagon against the American. Always as comfortable to beat, with his legs broken in kickboxing that slammed into all parts of his body, Israel Adesanya delivered a very serious fight. Jared Cannonier soon faced the same problem as the previous title challengers: how do you waver the champion?
Jan Blachowicz had shown the way by using his struggle to tackle the Nigerian to the ground in early 2021. But Poland had benefited from its heavier size and the fact that it was the first attempt by “Izzy” in the highest lightweight category. In the middleweight division, on the other hand, the champion remains on top. This is what makes his dominance: Israel Adesanya, very technical and concentrated, annihilates the attempts of all his opponents.
Revenge in the air against Alex Pereira? Admittedly, this does not result in very spectacular fights. The most critical will say that the Nigerian won again by unanimous decision: since he won the belt from Robert Whittaker in October 2019, he defended his title five times, including four wins by decisive (and therefore one by knockout). But from another point of view, it is clear that no one at the moment can really disturb the head of the division. But fighters of different styles have tried it.
With 12 straight victories in the middleweight UFC, still untouchable champion for almost three years, Israel Adesanya continues its clear dominance. Is the category “cleaned”? Maybe not, because earlier on Saturday night, the Brazilian Alex Pereira impressed by sending out the American Sean Strickland in the first round. He presents himself as a serious new challenger for a title fight. And Israel Adesanya has a small point to make up with him: in kickboxing, he lost twice against Alex Pereira, first by unanimous decision in 2016, then by KO 2017. The Nigerian may have the opportunity to take his revenge in MMA soon.