UFC 276: Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier predictions, picks and best bets
UFC 276 takes place tonight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This card features a middleweight title fight as the Main Event and a featherweight title fight as the Co-Main Event.
We are sharing our UFC 276 best bets here, but head over to our main UFC 276 predictions page for picks for each fight on the main and preliminary card. Let’s get into our best bets for Saturday’s card.
Main Card Best Bets
Israel Adesanya Win by Decision (+110) over Jared Cannonier
Israel Adesanya comes into this fight with an MMA record of 22-1. He is 11-1 in the UFC, most recently beating Robert Whittaker by unanimous decision back in February of this year. Adesanya is averaging 3.84 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 49% percent. He is absorbing 2.56 strikes and has a striking defense of 61% percent. His grappling is not a huge part of his fighting style, but he does defend takedowns 77% percent of the time.
Adesanya is a huge favorite in this title fight, which is warranted given how dominant he has been in the Middleweight division. Of his 23 career wins, 15 have been by KO/TKO, but in the UFC, he has won 8 times by decision in 12 fights. Jared Cannonier has lost 2 times by KO/TKO in his career, but not since 2018. Therefore, Adesanya should be able to control this fight, while Cannonier has the chin to last the full 5 rounds. For that reason, backing Adesanya to win by decision will be the play.
Sean Strickland ML (-120) over Alex Pereira
Sean Strickland comes into this fight with an MMA record of 25-3. He is 12-3 in the UFC, most recently beating Jack Hermansson by split decision back in February of this year. Strickland is averaging 5.53 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 40%. He is absorbing 3.94 strikes and has a striking defense of 65%. His grappling is also decent, averaging 1.16 takedowns per every 15 minutes. His takedown accuracy is 61% and his takedown defense is 85%.
This is one of the most even fights on the card, but Strickland looks to hold the advantage due to the fact that he is much more of a balanced fighter. He has also won 6 UFC fights in a row dating back to 2018. For that reason, backing Strickland to keep his winning streak in the UFC alive will be the play.
Make sure you also read our UFC 276 four-fight parlay!
Preliminary Card Best Bet
Jessica-Rose Clark ML (-150) over Julija Stoliarenko
Jessica-Rose Clark comes into this fight with an MMA record of 11-7. She is 4-3 in the UFC, most recently losing to Stephanie Egger by submission back in February of this year. Rose Clark is averaging 3.95 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 52%. She is absorbing 3.56 strikes and has a striking defense of 59%. Her grappling is solid as well, averaging 1.77 takedowns per every 15 minutes. Her takedown accuracy is 52% and her takedown defense is 66%.
Julija Stoliarenko has yet to win a fight in the UFC, so fading her again looks to be the play. Rose Clark has better striking and grappling, therefore backing her to win will be the play.