Reigning UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has vowed to make his upcoming UFC 276 title defense against the #2 ranked contender, Jared Cannonier “look easy” ahead of the July 2. showdown during International Fight Week.
Set to make his second Octagon walk of this year, Adesanya most recently headlined UFC 271 back in February, landing a second career win over former undisputed champion and common-foe, Robert Whittaker – turning in a close, unanimous decision win.
For Cannonier, the Texan also featured on that February pay-per-view card against a shared opponent – defeating the surging division staple, Derek Brunson with a series of brutal second round ground elbows.
Israel Adesanya says he will make his UFC 276 title clash with Jared Cannonier “look easy”
Attempting to secure his fifth successful defense of the undisputed middleweight crown – previewing his matchup against Cannonier, Israel Adesanya tweeted, “#UFC276, I’m gonna make it look easy.”
Adesanya, who plys his trade under the tutelage of head coach, Eugene Bareman at City Kickboxing – added Whittaker to a trio of other successful title knockbacks against two-time opponent, Marvin Vettori, Brazilian powerhouse, and now-Bellator MMA light heavyweight, Yoel Romero.
Earning his premier title tilt off the back of a pair of standout victories, Cannonier, a former heavyweight – handed another common-foe, Kelvin Gastelum a unanimous decision defeat in August last, before his February knockout win against Brunson.
Sharing his thoughts on the matchup, Cannonier previously claimed during an interview with Helen Yee that he plans to “neutralize” Adesnaya come July 2.
“It’s really hard to say right now,” Jared Cannonier said. “All I know, without giving up too much of my game plan is that it’s going to be very competitive. More competitive than any other fights that he’s (Israel Adesanya) had in the Octagon. I’m sure it’s going to be the same thing, same for me.”
“I’m going to anticipate less, just answering any of the questions that he’s gonna present to me, answering them with ferocity, and I don’t know – any of those pretty words we can add to it, but I feel like he’s going to have to change his approach, that’s for sure,” Jared Cannonier explained. “He’s not going to be style-bending in there, because I plan on neutralizing his game and imposing minds like I do with any and everybody.”