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UFC 276: Adesanya vs. Cannonier predictions

It’s an intense fight weekend at UFC 276, symbolized by the staredown between middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and challenger Jared Cannonier.

Adesanya at 6-4 towered over the 6-0 Cannonier, but the potential energy between the two was enough to power the T-Mobile Arena. The fight is official, which means we will see who will reign supreme Saturday night.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC 276 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (6PM ET/3PM PT)

JESSICA-ROSE CLARK (11-7-0, 1NC) VS. JULIJIA STOLIARENKO (9-6-2)

Andrews: Both fighters have struggled as of late. But I give it to Jessy Jess to eke out the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Jessica-Rose Clark via UD

JESSICA EYE (15-10-0, 1NC) VS. MAYCEE BARBER (10-2-0)

Andrews: Jessica Eye has been in the UFC since 2013!  But she has lost three straight. Barber is 11 years younger and I expect her to take Jessica out.

Andrews Prediction: Maycee Barber via TKO

#9 URIAH HALL (17-10-0) VS. #13 ANDRE MUNIZ (22-4-0)

Andrews: Uriah Hall is a nice guy but he needs to be an animal on the feet to keep Muniz from taking it to the ground. Muniz will overcome some early trouble and get the tap.

Andrews Prediction: Andre Muniz via submission

UFC 276 PRELIMS (8PM ET/5PM PT)

BRAD TAVARES (19-6-0) VS. DRICUS DU PLESSIS (16-2-0)

Andrews: This is a great test for Driscus. Tavares will be tough and thus Du Plessis takes a decision.

Andrews Prediction: Driscus Du Plessis via UD

JIM MILLER (34-16-0, 1NC) VS. DONALD CERRONE (36-16-0, 2NC)

Andrews: Cowboy is winless in seven fights and it will continue as Jim Miller gets some revenge with a TKO.

Andrews Prediction:  Jim Miller via TKO

IAN GARRY (9-0-0) VS. GABRIEL GREEN (11-3-0)

Andrews: Garry gets a good test in Green but I expect The Future to prevail.

Andrews Prediction: Ian Garry via UD

BRAD RIDDELL (10-2-0) VS JALIN TURNER (12-5-0)

Andrews: Jalin Turner takes this one if he doesn’t get hit with the big shot.

Andrews Prediction: Jalin Turner via UD

UFC 276 MAIN CARD (10 PM ET/7PM PT)

#13 SEAN O’MALLEY (15-1-0) VS. #10 PEDRO MUNHOZ (19-7-0, 1NC)

Andrews: Sugar Sean comes out in full effect and he better, or else Munhoz will punch his lights out.

Andrews Prediction: Sean O’Malley via TKO

ROBBIE LAWLER (29-15-0, 1NC) VS. BRYAN BARBERENA (17-8-0)

Andrews: Lawler has not looked good in six fights and his only wins in that stretch was Nick Diaz and Donald Cerrone. Barberena has a chance to take out the old blood and I think he does it.

Andrews Prediction: Bryan Barberena via TKO

#4 SEAN STRICKLAND (25-3-0) VS. ALEX PEREIRA (5-1-0)

Andrews: Alex Pereira many be Adesanya’s boogeyman, but he has his hands full with Strickland. On paper, Strickland wins but I have a feeling Pereira has something special for him.

Andrews Prediction: Alex Pereira via TKO

(C) ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI (24-1-0) VS. #1 MAX HOLLOWAY (23-6-0)

Andrews: We’ve seen this twice before and Alex comes into this one more confident and prepared to end this once and for all.

Andrews Prediction: Alexander Volkanovski via UD

MAIN EVENT

(C) ISRAEL ADESANYA (22-1-0) VS. #2 JARED CANNONIER (15-5-0)

Andrews: I can see Israel winning a decision or Jared ending the fight with a power shot. Israel’s chin may get put to the test and if it holds up, he wins.

Andrews Prediction: Israel Adesanya via UD

Andrews:

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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