The UFC’s annual International Fight Week event has its headliner in the form of a middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Jared Cannonier.
UFC titleholder Adesanya (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) will go for his fifth consecutive defense when he puts on his belt to win against Cannonier (15-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) in the UFC 276 main event on July 2.
UFC officials announced the fight during Saturday’s UFC 274 broadcast.
UFC 276 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs pay-per-view after prelims likely on ESPN and ESPN+.
Adesanya, No. 2 pound-for-pound and No. 1 middleweight in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, put up back-to-back title defenses against Robert Whittaker and Marvin Vettori after suffering his first and only loss in career against Jan Blachowicz. in February 2021. He suffered that loss in the light heavyweight division in a failed bid to become a two-division champion, but now he remains in his natural weight class, where he has never been beaten.
The #3 ranked Gunner will attempt to knock “The Last Stylebender” from his throne. Cannonier has hovered around a title shot for the past few years, but he solidified the opportunity with a brutal knockout of Derek Brunson at UFC 271 in February.
With this addition, the UFC 276 lineup now includes:
- Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier – for the middleweight title
- Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway – for the featherweight title
- Lauren Murphy vs. Miesha Tate
- Bryan Barberena vs. Robbie Lawler
- Dricus DuPlessis vs. Brad Tavares
- Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Julija Stoliarenko
- Uriah Hall vs. Andre Muniz
- Maycee Barber vs. Jessica Eye