Championship Doubleheader Headlines UFC International Fight Week 2022

Las Vegas – UFC International Fight WeekÔ returns to Las Vegas and will be capped by a stacked card headlined by a blockbuster championship doubleheader. In the main event, reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya defends his crown against No. 2 ranked contender Jared Cannonier. In the co-main event, featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has his sights set on successfully defending his title once again against No. 1 ranked contender Max Holloway.

UFC 276: ADESANYA vs. CANNONIER takes place Sat., July 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with the main card at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ PPV.  The prelims will be seen on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the night’s action starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT with Early Prelims on ESPN+ (English and Spanish) and UFC Fight Pass.

Arguably the most popular champion in the UFC today, Adesanya (22-1) fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand goes for his fifth consecutive title defense against one of his most dangerous opponents to date. Undefeated at middleweight in his MMA career, he has delivered impressive victories over former champions Robert Whittaker (twice) and Anderson Silva, as well as Marvin Vettori and Paulo Costa. Adesanya now plans to further extend his legacy as champion by taking out another top contender in stylish fashion.

Cannonier (15-5) fighting out of Anchorage, Alaska intends to make the most of his first UFC title shot with another signature KO. A former heavyweight and light heavyweight, Cannonier has proven that he can knock out anyone in any weight class, but it’s at middleweight where he’s been at his most devastating, with his victories over Derek Brunson, Jack Hermansson, and David Branch as proof. He now aims to dethrone Adesanya and add his name to the list of middleweight champions.

Surging UFC featherweight king Volkanovski (24-1) fighting out of Windang, New South Wales, Australia has cemented himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Undefeated in UFC in 11 fights, he is currently riding the momentum of two sensational championship victories over Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung. Volkanovski now expects to leave no doubt in his trilogy with Holloway that he is the true champion of the division.

Fan-favorite Holloway (23-6) fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii is gunning to regain his title and further his legacy as one of the best featherweights in UFC history. The record holder for most featherweight wins, finishes and strikes landed, Holloway has entertained fans with wins over Yair Rodriguez, Calvin Kattar, and Jose Aldo (twice). He now looks to make a statement in his third fight with Volkanovski and secure another impressive stoppage.

An intriguing middleweight battle with title implications sees No. 4 ranked contender Sean Strickland (25-3) fighting out of Corona, Calif. battle Alex Pereira (5-1) fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. A compelling bantamweight bout sees No. 10 ranked contender Pedro Munhoz (19-7, 1 NC) fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil aim to silence No. 13 ranked Sean O’Malley (15-1) fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.

Ranked middleweights collide as elite striker No. 9 Uriah Hall (18-10) fighting out of Queens, N.Y. locks horns with submission ace Andre Muniz (22-4) fighting out of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Jessica Rose-Clark (11-7, 1 NC) fighting out of Innisfail, Australia returns to action against Julija Stoliarenko (9-7-1) fighting out of Utena County, Lithuania.

No. 12 ranked middleweight contender Brad Tavares (19-7) fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. plans to defend his spot in the Top 15 against Dricus du Plessis (16-2) fighting out of Gauteng, South Africa. No. 2 ranked women’s flyweight Lauren Murphy (15-5) fighting out of Houston, Texas intends to steal the show against former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (19-8) fighting out of  Las Vegas, Nev.

No. 12 ranked women’s flyweight contender Jessica Eye (15-10, 1 NC) fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio meets Maycee Barber (10-2) fighting out of Sacramento, Calif. in a pivotal bout. Former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (29-16, 1 NC) fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Bryan Barberena (17-8) fighting out of Gastonia, N.C. go head-to-head in an early Fight of the Night contender.


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