After falling to 0-3 to Volkanovski at UFC 276, where does Max Holloway go from here?

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 276, we saw the conclusion of a classic featherweight trilogy. Champion Alexander Volkanovski (25-1) was looking to defend his title as he took on the former champion Max Holloway (23-7).

These two men first met at UFC 245 in 2019. At the time, Max Holloway was looked at as an unbeatable champion at 145 pounds. However, Volkanovski had a tremendous game plan and won a clear decision to take the belt from Holloway.

They had a rematch at UFC 251 and it was an extremely close fight. Many, including myself, scored the fight for Holloway. However, I could see the argument for a Volkanovski win. Nevertheless, Volkanovski won the split decision to go 2-0 in the series.

They finally met again at UFC 276. Holloway fought hard to prove he was worthy of a third shot and many thought he’d take the belt back. However, Volkanovski proved once and for all that he was the better man on Saturday night.

From the opening bell, Holloway was having a ton of trouble with the speed. Volkanovski was beating him to the punch all night and Holloway never got going. His face was painted in blood and he was shut out on the scorecards after five rounds.

What’s next after UFC 276?

In my pre-fight preview, I picked Volkanovski because I thought his speed would be an advantage. However, I didn’t think it would be as big of an advantage as it ended up being. This fight was drastically one-sided and that’s crazy considering how good Holloway is.

When a UFC fighter goes 0-2 against the champion we view them as being in a difficult spot. Well, Holloway is a rare case that got a third fight despite going 0-2. Now, he’s lost the third fight and is looking at an 0-3 record against the champ at 145.

It’s rather obvious that Holloway will never get another shot at UFC gold at 145 with Volk as champion. With that in mind, what should Holloway do next? Well, there are a few options at 145, but there’s one option I like the most.

Holloway and Conor McGregor have gone back-and-forth for some time regarding a potential rematch. McGregor is looking to return at the end of the year or beginning of 2023 and Holloway is in no-man’s land right now.

Perhaps Holloway should take some time to bulk up and move to 155 pounds. If he can do that, he just might be the UFC’s pick for a return bout with McGregor. If not, there are plenty of contenders left for him to face at 145 pounds.

After falling short at UFC 276, what’s next for Jared Cannonier?

This past Saturday night in the main event of UFC 276, the middleweight title was on the line. Undisputed king Israel Adesanya (23-1) was looking to defend his title for the fifth time and do it against Jared “The Killa Gorilla” Cannonier (15-6).

Cannonier originally made his UFC debut in the heavyweight division. However, over the years he found his way to his ideal weight class at 185 pounds. Entering UFC 276, he had a 5-1 record at middleweight with the lone loss coming against Robert Whittaker.

We knew that Cannonier had a ton of power heading into Saturday night. However, the big questions were surrounding whether or not Cannonier would be able to hit Adesanya clean and overcome the reach disadvantage.

While Cannonier was able to land a shot here and there, he really struggled overall at UFC 276. Adesanya was able to keep Cannonier at range all night and Cannonier struggled to find his way inside. When he would, Adesanya did a good job of avoiding the big shots.

Cannonier found most of his success when he forced clinches that led to close exchanges. However, nothing major was done in terms of damage. When the scorecards were read, two judges gave Cannonier one round while the other judge gave Adesanya all five at UFC 276.

What’s next after UFC 276?

This is a really tough loss for Cannonier for a few reasons. One, it’s going to sting because he finally got the chance to become UFC champion and it was a really flat performance on his part. However, another thing that will make this sting is his age.

Cannonier just turned 38 years old and he’s not getting any younger. There’s no guarantee he will get another crack at UFC gold. A lot will ride on how his next performance goes. With that in mind, who should Cannonier face next?

Well, there are a few options. The UFC could give him a fight with Sean Strickland who will still have a top ranking but a guy who will also be coming off a loss. Another option would be facing the loser of Rockhold/Costa or Vettori/Whittaker.

There are still plenty of fights for The Killa Gorilla and I think the UFC is going to give him a top opponent next.

Israel Adesanya outpoints Jared Cannonier at UFC 276

In the main event of UFC 276, the middleweight title was on the line. Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (22-1) was seeking to collect his fifth ruby as he took on “The Killa Gorilla” Jared Cannonier (15-5).

Since dropping to 185, Jared Cannonier has been one of the best in the UFC. He’s gone 5-1 with the lone loss coming to Robert Whittaker. He’s won back-to-back fights to earn this shot against The Last Stylebender.

Israel Adesanya has successfully defended his title four times. He’s coming off back-to-back successful title defenses over Marvin Vettori and Robert Whittaker. Those came on the heels of his lone UFC loss to Jan Blachowicz at light heavyweight. Izzy was looking to show at UFC 276 that he’s still the king of 185.

UFC 276 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 276 main event kicked off with no touch of the gloves. Cannonier takes the center and here we go. Adesanya looking for his jab early on. Big low kick from the champ and he doubles it up. Cannonier tries working his way in.

Clean calf kick lands for Adesanya and Cannonier lands one of his own. Another calf kick from Adesanya. Front kick to the body for Cannonier. Straight left from Adesanya and he lands a powerful low kick behind it.

Head kick attempt blocked from Adesanya. Lead uppercut from the champ just misses and Cannonier lands a nice calf kick. Big body kick from the champion. Fighting at Adesanya’s range here and Cannonier eats a couple of nice jabs.

Cannonier talking to him a bit and Adesanya almost lands a big right. Cannonier evades well and plots forward. Cannonier misses wilding with a right hand and Adesanya lands a couple of leg kicks. Left straight for the champ.

Jab to the body for Cannonier. Big low kick from Cannonier. Another low kick from Cannonier and he dodges a head kick from Adesanya. Low kick from the champion. Right hand for Adesanya as the round ends. 1-0 Adesanya at UFC 276.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC 276 and that was a very competitive first round. Adesanya comes out quick and takes the center to start the second. Sharp jab lands for the champion and Cannonier circles on the outside.

Jab for Cannonier but Adesanya is really pressuring here. Both men trade low kicks and now Cannonier is the one coming forward. Cannonier evades an attack from Adesanya. Cannonier popped with a big left from Adesanya and now the champion is pressuring again.

Lead elbow from the champ. Front kick to the body for Adesanya and then he lands a sharp leg kick. Jab from Cannonier and then he lands a nice leg kick. Adesanya lands and then he just misses a long straight shot. Body kick from Cannonier.

Body hook for Adesanya and then he lands a sharp right hand. Cannonier tries to come in but Adesanya just brushes him off. Jab from Cannonier and then Adesanya lands a clean left to the body. Nice combination from Adesanya and then a big right hand backs up Cannonier.

Cannonier is struggling with the distance right now and Izzy is opening up. Low kick from Cannonier and then he lands another one that spins the champion. 1-2 just at the end of the round for Adesanya and he should be up 2-0 at UFC 276.

Round 3

Entering the third at UFC 276 and Cannonier is doing well, but not doing enough so far. Adesanya takes the center and immediately throws a couple of kicks. Nothing really lands clean and Cannonier is just circling. Big check left hook lands for Cannonier.

Low kick from Cannonier and then he lands a big hook up top. Sharp jab lands for Adesanya and then a big calf kick. Takedown attempt from Cannonier and Adesanya shrugs him off. On the exit, he lands a big jab.

Low kick from Adesanya. Cannonier throws a right hook that Adesanya dodges. Body shot from Cannonier and Adesanya answers. Cannonier goes for a takedown attempt but he gets in the clinch where he starts doing damage. Couple of clean hooks up top and to the body for Cannonier.

Low kick from Adesanya and then he pops Cannonier with a clean shot off the break. Sloppy spinning back fist attempt from Cannonier misses badly. Right hand lands for Cannonier and he’s landed some big shots in this round.

They get in close and Cannonier lands a couple of good shots while Adesanya looks to counter. Big right over the top from Cannonier and he chains it into a clinch. Good knees to the thigh are landing here for Cannonier.

More knees for Cannonier. Heavy cage pressure here from Cannonier and he lands a nice shot up top. Round comes to a close and this one goes to Cannonier at UFC 276.

Round 4

Entering the fourth at UFC 276 and we finally saw some momentum for Cannonier, but Adesanya is still ahead here. Adesanya again takes the center to start the fourth. Both men miss on their opening attacks here.

Nice right hand lands for Cannonier and a low kick for Adesanya. Huge jab lands for Adesanya. Calf kick for Adesanya and he lands a left straight. Pressure from Cannonier and he lands a nice hook to the body. However, Adesanya immediately lands a counter body kick.

Cannonier pressures and he lands a nice right hand, but can’t follow up. Adesanya circles and lands a huge calf kick. Big body kick from Cannonier. Adesanya comes in and Cannonier gets a hold of him. Halfway through the round and Cannonier is using cage pressure, but Adesanya spins away and lands a low kick.

Jab from Adesanya lands. Clean right hands land for both men. Cannonier trying to up the pressure but Adesanya circles away. Big low kick from Cannonier and then he throws a couple of shots which gets him to a clinch.

Big elbow in the clinch for Cannonier and he lands a couple of nice knees. Adesanya throwing little shots, but Cannonier lands a big elbow. Adesanya gets away with ten seconds left. Bell sounds and it’s likely a round for the champ at UFC 276.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC 276 and Cannonier is going to need a finish in this one. Adesanya takes the center but eats a right from Cannonier to open the final round. Low kick from Adesanya. Two straight left straights for Adesanya and then he lands a calf kick.

Another nice left hand for the champion. High kick to a jab for the champ who is opening up here in the fifth. Another piston-like jab from the champion lands. Lead elbow for Adesanya who is really pulling away early in the final round.

Left straight lands for Cannonier. Both men trade calf kicks and there’s three minutes left in the round. Cannonier gets on the inside but it’s Adesanya that lands with a nice clean elbow. Halfway through the final round. Cannonier gets a clinch and he pushes Adesanya back to the fence.

He’s looking for a takedown, but Adesanya is defending well. Lots of cage pressure here from Cannonier who continues to look for knees to the thighs. Adesanya spins and gets free to land a big jab. Two big right hands from Cannonier who goes back to pressure on the cage.

Adesanya is now getting aggressive in the final seconds. However, nothing big lands and this one goes to the cards. Should be a clear win for Adesanya at UFC 276.

Israel Adesanya def. Jared Cannonier by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)

Alexander Volkanovski completely dominates Max Holloway at UFC 276

In the co-main event of UFC 276, we saw the third installment of a title fight between two of the best of all time. Champion Alexander Volkanovski (24-1) was looking to defend his featherweight title against Max Holloway (23-6).

Entering UFC 245 in December of 2019, Max Holloway was looked at as an unbeatable champion. However, nobody told that to Alexander Volkanovski. Volkanovski went into Las Vegas and shocked the world by defeating Holloway by decision.

They had an immediate rematch at UFC 251 on Fight Island. This second fight was much closer. Fans and judges were split on the outcome. I personally scored the fight for Max Holloway. However, two judges gave the fight to Volkanovski and he retained the title.

Since then, Holloway has had two huge wins against Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez to earn himself another shot. Meanwhile, the UFC champion has demolished Bryan Ortega and Chan Sung Jung. Make no mistake about it, these are the two best and tonight they fought for the third time.

UFC 276 Recap

Round 1

The UFC featherweight title fight kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Holloway takes the center and Volkanovski circles on the outside. Both men are feinting kicks here in the opening minute. Low kick from Volkanovski lands.

Holloway looks for a jab to the body. High kick attempt from Holloway and Volkanovski throws another low kick. Low kick from Holloway. Holloway looks for another jab to the body and Volkanovski just misses a huge uppercut counter. Both men trade head kicks.

Nice right hand from the champion. Jab from Volkanovski and he throws another nice right behind it. Big right hand again from Volkanovski. Holloway back on the pressure and he lands a couple of kicks.

Holloway comes in but eats a couple of clean shots from Volkanovski. Low kick from Volkanovski and he looks for two lefts. Huge right hand from Volkanovski. 1-2 from Volkanovski and he’s talking to Holloway. High kick attempt from Holloway.

Check left hook from Volkanovski and he’s connecting clean on Holloway. The speed is a big problem for Holloway who is clipped hard with two lefts. Another huge left from Volkanovski. The UFC champion is looking sensational.

Big jab from Volkanovski and Holloway answers with a big right. Now Holloway lands a couple of clean shots. The round comes to a close and it’s 1-0 Volkanovski at UFC 276.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC 276 and Holloway needs to try and get some respect here. He’s the one taking the center to start the second and he lands a low kick. Right over the top from Holloway but he’s caught clean by Volkanovski.

Low kick from the champion. Holloway really upping the pressure here. Check left lands for Volkanovski and Holloway answers with combination. Huge right hand lands for Volkanovski that backs up Holloway.

Jab from Volkanovski but Holloway is really heavy on the pressure. They clinch and Volkanovski pushes Holloway against the fence. Big elbow in the clinch from Volkanovski and he pushes Holloway back. Holloway separates but eats another big elbow.

Left from Volkanovski but Holloway answers with a few shots. Huge right from Volkanovski  and Holloway is cut badly. Holloway pushes forward and looks to jab. Two more big shots from Volkanovski land. Stiff jab from the champion answered by a body kick from Holloway.

Low kick from Volkanovski. Big jab into a combination for Volkanovski. Long jab lands for Holloway. Right straight lands for Holloway but he gets buckled by a leg kick. Round comes to a close and the champion is up 2-0 at UFC 276.

Round 3

Entering the third at UFC 276 and Holloway desperately needs to get going here. Holloway takes the center and immediately looks for his jab. Jab from Volkanovski and he lands a nice right hand behind it. Check left from Volkanovski.

Two more jabs from the champion. Holloway is very measured here in the third as he’s looking for openings. Volkanovski evades an attack from Holloway and his defense is on point. Both men trade left hands.

Lots of pressure from Holloway and Volkanovski looks for a right over the top. Sharp 1-2 from the champion and then another combination. Holloway attacks but eats a right. Low kick from Volkanovski but Holloway lands a clean left hand.

Big combination from Volkanovski who lands three straight big shots. Holloway jumps right into a clinch and Volkanovski pushes him back. Knee to the body from Volkanovski. Holloway reverses and these two are just reversing each other.

Both men connect with knees to the body. Spinning elbow from Volkanovski on the break. Jab from Volkanovski lands and Holloway goes back on the pressure. Huge right connects clean for the champ. Another nice combination from Volkanovski.

Holloway comes in but eats a right hand. Low kick from Volkanovski but Holloway lands a nice jumping knee. Right hand and a huge clean left from Volkanovski. Round comes to a close and Volkanovski is pitching a shutout at UFC 276.

Round 4

Entering the fourth at UFC 276 and Holloway is going to need a finish or a big final couple of rounds here. They touch gloves and here we go. Holloway opens with a body kick and the two men connect for a clinch. Volkanovski steps away briefly and lands a nice combination before they clinch again.

Heavy cage pressure from Volkanovski and then he breaks with two big right hands. Jab from Volkanovski but Holloway counters with a clean body kick and right hand. Lead left hook lands clean for Volkanovski. Body kick for Holloway lands.

Jab for Volkanovski and he circles on the outside. Spinning back kick for Holloway and then he lands another body kick. Nice right hand for Volkanovski and Holloway lands a left. Low kick from Volkanovski and a left up top.

Body kick from Holloway. Jab to the body for Volkanovski and then he lands a big right over the top. Volkanovski slips and Holloway almost gets a takedown, but Volkanovski shrugs him off. Nice hook to the body from the champion. Right hand for the champion.

Spinning back kick for Holloway lands. He steps in after but eats a huge combination from Volkanovski. Two more good kicks from Holloway, but he eats a couple of clean counters from Volkanovski. Another spinning attack from Holloway.

Double jab from the champion. Big jab for the champion and a low kick. Spinning back kick from Holloway as the round ends. Close round and it was the best round for Holloway but it could easily be 4-0 for Volkanovski at UFC 276.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC 276 and Holloway’s only chance is a finish. They touch gloves for the final round and here we go. Check left hook and a low kick from Volkanovski. Holloway tries a level change and a takedown, but Volkanovski defends easily.

They clinch and Volkanovski has reversed to the dominant position. Knee to the body from Volkanovski and they break. Low kick from Volkanovski. Body kick from Volkanovski and then he looks for one up top that just misses.

Holloway is busted up here in the fifth. Low kick from Volkanovski and Holloway’s leg buckled. Holloway trying to really pressure but he’s eating jabs from the champ. Another takedown attempt from Holloway and again, Volkanovski defends easily.

Halfway through the final round at UFC 276 and Holloway needs a miracle. Big combination on the break for Volkanovski. Low kick from Volkanovski and he lands a nice jab behind it. Check left hook from Volkanovski.

Two more kicks for good measure for Volkanovski. Holloway is a bloody mess. Two more big jabs from Volkanovski and now he’s pouring it on. Huge shots from the champion. Holloway tries pushing forward but there’s nothing there.

Right hand for the champion. Double jab from Volkanovski and he’s continuing to bust up Holloway. The fight comes to a close and it was complete domination from Volkanovski at UFC 276.

Alexander Volkanovski def. Max Holloway by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

Alex Pereira knocks out Sean Strickland in the first at UFC 276

alex pereira

On the main card of UFC 276 we saw a title eliminator in the middleweight division. The entertaining and popular Sean Strickland (25-3) returned as he took on one of the most decorated strikers in the UFC in Alex Pereira (5-1).

Alex Pereira is most known for his two wins including a knockout over current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. So far, he’s 2-0 inside the octagon with one of those wins being a sensational flying knee knockout.

Sean Strickland had a decent UFC run going in the welterweight division and then he got in a motorcycle accident that almost cost him his career. When he returned to the UFC in 2020, he returned to the middleweight division and he’s been sensational. He’s gone 5-0 on his way to the fourth ranking in the division.

UFC 276 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 276 middleweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Strickland immediately takes the center and starts pressuring. Pereira is light on his feet and is opening up with kicks. Jab from Strickland and both men are just feeling the other out here.

Body kick from Pereira and then both men trade jabs. Right hand from Pereira just misses and Strickland is continuing the pressure here. Front kick to the body from Strickland and Pereira answers with a calf kick. Another nice low kick from Pereira lands.

Big right hand over the top from Pereira and he looks really comfortable here in the first. Jab from Strickland and then out of no where Pereira catches him with a huge left hand. Down goes Strickland but he bounces up just in time to eat a right hand that puts him down at UFC 276.

Alex Pereira def. Sean Strickland by KO – Round 1

Bryan Barberena stops Robbie Lawler at UFC 276

On the main card of UFC 276, we saw a fun matchup where a former champion will made his return. “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (29-15) was back as he took on the tough veteran Bryan Barberena (17-8).

Barberena was last seen at UFC Columbus when he took on another fan-favorite in Matt Brown. It was a very close fight where many thought that Brown won, however, two of the judges gave the fight and the split decision to Barberena.

Barberena has won two in a row in the UFC. After his last fight, he was without a contract and said he’d retire if the UFC didn’t resign him. Well the promotion wasn’t ready to let him go and they resigned him. Not only did they do that, they gave him a fight with a former champion.

Robbie Lawler snapped a career worst four-fight losing streak at UFC 266 when he rematched with Nick Diaz. Lawler looked good in that fight, but it was still a far cry from his championship form back in 2016. The 40-year-old former champion was looking to pick up his 30th win tonight.

UFC 276 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 276 welterweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Barberena immediately opens with a leg kick. Another low kick from Barberena and he tries a right hand behind it. Left hand just misses for the former champion.

Two straight low kicks again land for Barberena. Lawler upping the pressure here and he rips a hook to the body. Big left straight lands for Lawler. Nice right hand for Lawler who is opening up here. Another nice left for Lawler and Barberena answers back with a big combination.

Check right hook for Barberena and these two wing big power shots at each other in the pocket. Big connections for both men. Huge uppercut from Lawler and that stunned Barberena. Both men trade huge left hands.

Nice hooks to the body from Barberena inside. Now Barberena is picking things up and Lawler lands a big shot to answer back. Huge body shot from Barberena lands and that backs up Lawler. Another big combination from Barberena and Lawler answers with huge shots.

Barberena is being extremely active here and he’s mixing things up perfectly. Big uppercut from Lawler and Barberena circles away. Lawler smiles and eats a nice elbow from Barberena. Barberena gets rocked with a big 1-2 but he’s throwing right back. Round comes to a close and that one could go either way at UFC 276.

Round 2

The second round at UFC 276 gets underway and both men are wanting to get right back after it. Lead right hook from Barberena starts things off. Barberena is the one fighting with pressure here in the second opposed to the first.

Big uppercut lands for Barberena and Lawler swings to take the center. Now Lawler is pressuring. Big combination from Lawler and a jab from Lawler rocks Barberena. Another big jab and these are really hurting Barberena. However, Barberena throwing heat back.

Lawler stalking him here and lands another big shot. Barberena answers but his nose looks to be broken here. Another stinging jab from Lawler lands. Big shots from Lawler and Barberena is backing up here and is looking to reset.

Big left just misses from Lawler. Barberena comes in but Lawler catches him with a big combination. Lawler’s technique looking really good. Barberena now turning up the pressure but Lawler keeps popping him with huge power.

Big left from Barberena and Lawler is rocked. Barberena pressuring big time here and Lawler is keeping his hands up. Barberena all over him. Lawler tries to swing back but he’s hurt. Left hand from Lawler pauses the Barberena advance.

Barberena keeping the pressure. Big shots from Barberena and Lawler is hurt badly. More clean shots and this one is over. Bryan Barberena TKO’s Robbie Lawler at UFC 276.

Bryan Barberena def. Robbie Lawler by TKO – Round 2

Eye Poke at UFC 276 causes O’Malley – Munhoz to end in a No Contest

Sean O'Malley

Kicking off the main card of UFC 276 tonight was a bantamweight contest featuring one of the bigger stars in the sport. The Suga Show returned as “Suga” Sean O’Malley (15-1) took on his highest ranked opponent to date in Pedro Munhoz (19-7).

Pedro Munhoz is clocking in at ninth in the current UFC bantamweight rankings. You’d think that’s high for a guy who is just 1-4 in his last five. However, the four losses all came against guys who have worn UFC gold and one was a decision that could’ve easily gone his way. He was looking to snap a two-fight losing streak tonight.

Since losing his lone professional fight to Chito Vera, Sean O’Malley has gone 3-0 with three knockouts. Granted, the competition level hasn’t been that high. This is the type of fight he needs to get him to the next level.

UFC 276 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 276 bantamweight contest starts with an exchange of low kicks. O’Malley holding the center and Munhoz is very light on his feet. Lots of feints from O’Malley in the opening minute. Front kicks to the body for O’Malley and two calf kicks from Munhoz.

Another front kick for O’Malley and another calf kick for Munhoz. Looks like Munhoz is really investing in those calf kicks. Big jab from O’Malley lands. Another low kick from Munhoz and O’Malley ups the pressure.

Nice jab from O’Malley who is trying to keep this fight at range. Spinning back kick from O’Malley and Munhoz responds with three straight calf kicks. Two minutes left in the round and there still hasn’t been any big moments. Just as I say that, O’Malley lands a big right over the top.

O’Malley works his way in and lands a left. Munhoz responds with several kicks. Jab from O’Malley and Munhoz tries to pressure. Another low kick from Munhoz and O’Malley tries a high kick. Spinning back kick from O’Malley and a leg kick from Munhoz. Round comes to a close and I have it 1-0 Munhoz at UFC 276.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC 276 and honestly that first could’ve gone either way. Low kick from Munhoz starts the striking and O’Malley starts the pressure. O’Malley pressures and he lands a nice right over the top and just misses a nice wheel kick.

Munhoz right back on the leg kicks. Body kick from Munhoz and he tries to follow with a leg kick. Calf kick from Munhoz and now O’Malley tries to up the pressure to stop the kicks. Nice 1-2 from O’Malley and Munhoz lands a leg kick counter.

Halfway through the round and this round is anyone’s for the taking, but Munhoz continues chopping at the legs. Another leg kick lands. Jab from O’Malley stings Munhoz but Munhoz just circles away. Double jab from Munhoz lands then an accidental eye poke pauses the action.

The eye poke is going to end the fight. Munhoz can’t see and this one ends in a No Contest at UFC 276.

Sean O’Malley and Pedro Munhoz fight to a No Contest

Jim Miller submits Cowboy Cerrone at UFC 276

On the prelims of UFC 276, we saw a welterweight battle between two octagon legends. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-16, 2 NC) was making the walk once again as he took on fellow veteran Jim “A-10” Miller (34-16).

This was a massive fight for Cowboy Cerrone who came into this fight on a horrific stretch. Over his last six fights, Cowboy was 0-5, 1 NC. The one No Contest would have been a loss if a point wasn’t taken from Niko Price.

That being said, Cerrone was facing someone he was familiar with at UFC 276. Back in 2014, Cerrone and Miller headlined a UFC Fight Night and Cowboy picked up the TKO win. He was hoping to replicate that performance tonight.

While Cowboy has been really struggling, Jim Miller has been on a roll. The roll he’s been on has actually seen him tie Cerrone for the most wins in UFC history. He was trying to take soul possession of that spot tonight.

UFC 276 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 276 welterweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Cerrone pawing the jab and lands a nice left hand to start the striking. Low kick lands for Cerrone and he follows with a front kick. Stiff calf kick for Jim Miller.

Blitz from Miller but nothing lands. Cowboy holding the center here and lands a nice low kick. Both men just feeling the other out here early on. Nice left hand from Miller and he follow up with another shot. Shovel hook lands for Cerrone.

Body kick from Miller lands and Cowboy immediately counters with one of his own. Miller blitzes but doesn’t land much. Cerrone counters well and lands an uppercut. Knee to the body for Cowboy with a nice right hook behind it.

Front kick to the body from Miller. Body kick from Cerrone is caught by Miller and Miller takes Cowboy down. Short elbows finding the mark form Miller. Cerrone looks like he’s trying to set something up off his back.

Scramble forced by Cowboy and he ends up on top with 60 seconds to work. Elbow off the back lands for Miller. Cerrone postures up but he’s more just holding the position. Miller attacks and armbar then Cerrone attacks a leg lock as the bell sounds. Close round that I lean Cowboy at UFC 276.

Round 2

Second at UFC 276 is underway and once again they touch gloves. Miller holding the center here and he’s the one pushing forward here. He throws a left but whiffs and Cowboy lands a nice body kick. Big left hand lands for Jim Miller as Cerrone comes in sloppy.

Calf kick for Miller. Cerrone throws one of his own but it’s checked. Headkick for Cerrone but he slips and Miller jumps on him. Miller jumps right into a guillotine and it’s tight. Cerrone keeps trying to fight the hands but he’s forced to tap. Jim Miller is the all time leader in UFC victories.

Jim Miller def. Donald Cerrone by Submission (Guillotine) – Round 2

Looking ahead to UFC 276’s stacked early prelims

Uriah Hall

Tomorrow night at UFC 276, there are some seriously good fights from the beginning of the card all the way through the end. In fact, this might be one of the most stacked cards in recent memory when you’re looking at the early prelims.

One of the early prelims that I have my eyes on at UFC 276 is the women’s flyweight matchup between Maycee Barber (10-2) and former title challenger Jessica “Evil” Eye (15-10). Originally, Eye was supposed to face off with Casey O’Neill.

However, “King” Casey suffered a torn ACL and was forced off the card. Maycee Barber immediately jumped at the opportunity to slide in at UFC 276. Barber just picked up a decision win over Montana De La Rosa back in April.

It was the second straight win for Barber. Barber once had aspirations to be the youngest UFC champion in history. However, a torn ACL and losses to Roxanne Modafferi and Alexa Grasso set her back. However, she’s now training with Team Alpha Male and she’s looking for her third straight win.

Jessica Eye has had a rough go of it for the last few years. Eye always was a little undersized at bantamweight and when the UFC created the flyweight division, her career took off. Three straight wins including one over top contender Katlyn Chookagian earned her a title shot.

However, she was brutally knocked out by Valentina Shevchenko. Starting with the title loss, she’s just 1-4 in her last five fights. She enters UFC 276 on a three-fight losing streak. This fight is incredibly important for both fighters heading in vastly different directions.

UFC 276 Early Prelims

Another fun fight to watch tomorrow on the UFC 276 early prelims is the middleweight contest between Uriah Hall (17-10) and Andre Muniz (22-4). For Hall, he’s going to be looking to bounce back after his lopsided loss to Sean Strickland last July.

Hall was on the best stretch of his UFC career. After having some success here and there, Hall went on a four-fight winning streak to earn himself a main event against Strickland. However, a timid Hall was overmatched in that one.

He’s looking to get back on track, but he might have his hands full tomorrow night. Andre Muniz has been perfect since he stepped foot in the UFC. Overall, he’s won eight straight fights heading into tomorrow night.

He earned himself a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series. He made his debut in 2019 and so far he’s 4-0 inside the octagon. In those four wins, he has three submission victories including one over legend Jacare Souza.

Both men need a win tomorrow to start heading up the latter in the UFC’s middleweight division. This is such a good fight that could easily be higher on the card. This just goes to show the quality of the card tomorrow night.

UFC 276 Main Event Preview: Israel Adesanya – Jared Cannonier

Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC 276, the middleweight title is on the line and one of the biggest stars in the sport will make the walk to defend. Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (22-1) will seek to collect his fifth ruby as he takes on “The Killa Gorilla” Jared Cannonier (15-5).

For Cannonier, he finally gets the UFC title shot he’s been waiting on. It’s been quite the run for Cannonier in the UFC. Back in 2015, an unbeaten Cannonier made his debut in the heavyweight division.¬†After losing his UFC debut to Shawn Jordan, he won against Cyril Asker and then moved to light heavyweight.

At light heavyweight, he went 2-3 but his three losses came against Glover Teixeira, Jan Blachowicz, and Dominick Reyes. He wasn’t losing to bums. Then he dropped to the UFC’s middleweight division and his career changed forever.

Since dropping to 185, he’s gone 5-1 with the lone loss coming to Robert Whittaker. He’s won back-to-back fights to earn this shot against The Last Stylebender. Cannonier has an insane amount of power, but will it be enough to dethrone Adesanya?

Israel Adesanya brought an incredible kickboxing background and a perfect 11-0 record into the UFC back in 2018. In four years, Adesanya has gone 11-1 and has two wins over Robert Whittaker, two wins over Marvin Vettori, and a highlight reel knockout of Paulo Costa.

His lone loss came at UFC 259 when he moved up to try and become a two-division champion against Jan Blachowicz. Since moving back to middleweight, he’s 2-0 with title defenses over Marvin Vettori and Robert Whittaker.

UFC 276 Prediction

Tomorrow night’s main event is the classic power striker versus technical striker. Cannonier isn’t the cleanest in his technique, but he has ungodly power if he can find your chin. Meanwhile, Stylebender might be the cleanest and most efficient striker in all of the UFC.

For Cannonier, he can’t sit back tomorrow night and watch Izzy. He has to be pressing him the way that Kelvin Gastelum pressured Adesanya when they fought in 2019. Cannonier has to find opportunities to make it a brawl if he wants a chance to win at UFC 276.

If he tries to be too technical, he’s going to get countered all night and be three steps behind. Cannonier has an incredible gas tank, but we’ve seen him get stunned by Robert Whittaker and in his last fight, he was stunned by Derek Brunson.

I keep going through the scenarios in my head, and it’s easy to see why Adesanya is nearly a -400 favorite at UFC 276. I think the champion is going to find Cannonier’s chin with a clean counter as the challenger is coming in and Stylebender is going to get the TKO win. Expect a statement win from the champ.

Prediction: Israel Adesanya by TKO – Round 2