• Israel Adesanya explains how he knew UFC 276 opponent Jared Cannonier was special - before anyone else did

    1 month ago - By MMAjunkie

    LAS VEGAS - Israel Adesanya remembers a few years back at Madison Square Garden. He knew before anyone else did.
    That night, Adesanya met the man who eventually turned out to be his UFC 276 opponent, Jared Cannonier. The two were cordial and Adesanya promised they'd meet eventually. He'd seen Cannonier fight before. There were a couple of special traits that shined through.
    “Spirit, if I'm being honest. His fighting spirit and his essence,” Adesanya told MMA Junkie and other reporters at a pre-fight news conference Wednesday. “I recognize that because I'm an empath myself. I can kind of...
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  • Jared Cannonier does not care about Israel Adesanya's or anyone else's 'bullsh*t' talk before UFC 276

    Jared Cannonier does not care about Israel Adesanya's or anyone else's 'bullsh*t' talk before UFC 276

    1 month ago - By MMAjunkie

    LAS VEGAS - Jared Cannonier remembers the first time he met Israel Adesanya. It was Nov. 3, 2018, the night he defeated David Branch in his middleweight debut at UFC 230. Adesanya also fought and won earlier in the evening against Derek Brunson in just his fourth UFC bout. Both men got TKO finishes.
    Cannonier was already a fan of Adesanya's at that point and afterward spoke with him backstage at Madison Square Garden.
    “I introduced myself to him and congratulated him on his fight, because I got to watch his fight,” Cannonier told reporters Wednesday at UFC 276 media day. “It was kind of...
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