Cannonier enters the bout as the underdog, according to the official UFC website at +270 compared to Adesanya’s -350 odds.
Despite ‘Tha Killa Gorilla’ not being expected to win the title on the night, Cannonier himself has said that he won’t be goaded into fighting the champion’s game.
Jared Cannonier on Israel Adesanya
Speaking to MMA New’s James Lynch, Cannonier revealed some of his game plan heading into the massive PPV contest.
He said: “There’s gonna be a lot of technique being employed. It’s gonna be a very technical — it’s gonna be a striker’s delight if you will. But it ain’t gonna be no striking match.
“This is an MMA fight. So, I don’t plan on playing his striking game. He goads everybody into it. He confuses them, but then next thing you know, they’re in there getting juiced. They didn’t know they were playing right into his hands.
“I’m planning on neutralizing. I want him to be neutralized. On no level do I wanna be flaccid out there. If he does something, he’s gonna have to be super dynamic.
“He’s gonna have to be very dynamic. He’s gonna have to be like, red alert type sh*t… For me, this is going to be very fun, very interesting.”
UFC 276 Fight Card
Here is the current fight card for the event according to the UFC website as of Thursday 16th June 2022:
- Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Julija Stoliarenko – Women’s Bantamweight Bout
- Dricus du Plessis vs. Brad Tavares – Middleweight Bout
- Jim Miller vs Bobby Green – Lightweight Bout
- Uriah Hall vs. Andre Muniz – Middleweight Bout
- Jessica Eye vs. Maycee Barber – Women’s Flyweight Bout
- Ian Garry vs Gabriel Green – Welterweight Bout
- Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena – Welterweight Bout
- Brad Riddell vs Jalin Turner – Lightweight Bout
- Sean O’Malley vs. Pedro Munhoz – Bantamweight Bout
- Lauren Murphy vs. Miesha Tate – Women’s Flyweight Bout
- Sean Strickland vs. Alex Pereira – Middleweight Bout
- UFC Featherweight Championship Bout: Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Max Holloway
- UFC Middleweight Championship Bout: Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Jared Cannonier
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