Israel Adesanya defeated Jared Cannonier to defend his middleweight belt. The two fighters came in with very contrasting styles with Cannonier being a heavy hitter with one-punch knockout power, and Adesanya being a precision striker with calculated attacks.
Throughout the fight, Adesanya neutralized Cannonier’s striking by keeping his distance with a straight jab. Adesanya mixed in leg kicks that also discouraged Cannonier from coming forward to press Israel.
In the end, Adesanya’s methodical and tactical approach helped him defend his title for the eighth time.