Israel Adesanya outpoints Jared Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title

LAS VEGAS — In a clinical, albeit unspectacular, performance, Israel Adesanya outpointed Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 276 on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.

The judges scored the bout 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45 for Adesanya.

The crowd grew restless with the lack of thrilling action, especially in the fourth round, which was marked by boos and fans holding up lit-up smartphones. But Cannonier did nothing to push Adesanya, a former champion kickboxer, into anything resembling a firefight. Adesanya, meanwhile, was content with safely landing strikes with his length from so far out that Cannonier could not counter them.