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Israel Adesanya outpoints Jared Cannonier to hold UFC middleweight title

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LAS VEGAS - - In a clinical, but unremarkable, execution, Israel Adesanya outpointed Jared Cannonier by means of consistent choice to hold his middleweight title in the headliner of UFC 276 on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.

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The adjudicators scored the session 49-46, 49-46, and 50-45.

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The group became anxious with the absence of exciting activity, particularly in the fourth round, which was set apart by boos and fans raising illuminated cell phones.

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However, Cannonier never really pushed Adesanya, a previous hero kickboxer, into anything looking like a firefight

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Adesanya, in the interim, was happy with securely landing hits with his length from such a long ways out that Cannonier couldn't counter them.

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Adesanya outstruck Cannonier 163-141 for the battle, remembering a 116-90 edge for huge strikes

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Makes a decision about Derek Cleary and Junichiro Kamijo both gave Cannonier the third round, yet that is all there is to it. Judge Sal D'Amato had Adesanya clearing each of the five rounds.

"They had a brilliant approach," Adesanya said, giving credit to Cannonier's mentor, John Crouch. "It was truly difficult to get my subsequent meet-ups going."