UFC 276 Predictions: Dan Hooker makes ‘silly fight’ claim

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UFC 276 is set to take place this weekend with Israel Adesanya defending his Middleweight championship against Jared Cannonier, and fellow MMA practitioner Dan Hooker has given his prediction for the 185-pound contest.

The official UFC website has ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya down as the heavy favourite at -365 compared to Cannonier +300.

Does ‘The Hangman’ Hooker agree with the odds on offer? Well, the man who trains with Adesanya at City Kickboxing recently gave his views on the main event of UFC 276.

Here is what UFC star Dan Hooker had to say with regards to his prediction for Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier at UFC 276.

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Dan Hooker UFC 276 Prediction

UFC 271: Adesanya v Whittaker 2
HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 12: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria looks on in his middleweight championship fight against Robert Whittaker of Australia during UFC 271 at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Speaking to The AllStar (via Low Kick MMA), Hooker revealed that he believes this is a “silly” fight and that Adesanya will “wipe the floor” with the challenger. 

“I think it’s a silly fight, I think it’s another silly fight. Yeah, I think it’s a silly fight. I think he’s (Israel Adesanya) gonna wipe the floor with him (Jared Cannonier). I think stylistically – I’m not being a d*ck, I said before the – everyone was saying, ‘Oh, Paulo Costa is really mean, he’s really duh duh duh, he hits really hard and he’s got big muscles.’ It’s the same sh*t, bro.

“He’s just like a muscle-bound striker. Let’s be real about the situation like. Does he have takedowns? Not really. Does he have like good submissions – like a scrambling, wrestling game like, no, he doesn’t. 

“He’s got to stand. He’s a muscle-bound striker. … Show me a muscle-bound striker that has ever done well against Israel.”

It’s quite a damning prediction from the UFC fighter, but it remains to be seen if Adesanya can “wipe the floor” with his opponent this weekend!

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Jared Cannonier Next Fight

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 12: Jared Cannonier reacts after winning his middleweight fight against Derek Brunson via a second-round knockout during UFC 271 at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

For context, here is the current fight card for the event according to the UFC website as of Tuesday 28th June 2022:

Early Prelims

  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Julija Stoliarenko – Women’s Bantamweight Bout
  • Dricus du Plessis vs. Brad Tavares – Middleweight Bout
  • Jessica Eye vs. Maycee Barber – Women’s Flyweight Bout
  • Uriah Hall vs. Andre Muniz – Middleweight Bout

Prelims

  • Jim Miller vs Donald Cerrone – Welterweight Bout
  • Ian Garry vs Gabriel Green – Welterweight Bout
  • Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena – Welterweight Bout
  • Jalin Turner vs. Brad Riddell – Lightweight Bout

Main Card

  • Sean O’Malley vs. Pedro Munhoz – Bantamweight 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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