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A long-rumored middleweight championship clash between Israel
Adesanya
and Jared
Cannonier
has an official date and location.

The promotion announced on Saturday that the fight will serve as
the headliner for UFC 276
at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 2. The card will also
include a featherweight championship trilogy between Alexander
Volkanovski
and Max
Holloway
in the co-main event.

Adesanya will attempt to make his second successful title defense
of 2022 after besting Robert
Whittaker
in a rematch in the UFC 271 headliner on Feb. 12.
“The Last Stylebender” is 11-0 in UFC competition as a middleweight
— including four successful championship defenses. His lone career
defeat came in a move to 205 pounds, when he lost a decision to
Jan
Blachowicz
in a light heavyweight title bout at UFC 259.

Cannonier enters the matchup with victories in five of his last six
Octagon appearances. He rebounded from a decision loss to Whittaker
at UFC 254 with a decision win over Kelvin
Gastelum
and a knockout of Derek
Brunson
. His middleweight resume also includes triumphs over
Jack
Hermansson
, Anderson
Silva
and David
Branch
.


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