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A true force to be reckoned with, Israel Adesanya has taken the UFC by storm. The UFC middleweight champion, Adesanya has defended the belt four times. It appears he’s just getting started.

Adesanya is set to defend the title on July 2 at UFC 276. His opponent will be Jared Cannonier, someone who has jumped through multiple weight classes and has tremendous power.

The Sporting News looks into the career of Adesanya and how he has become one of the top athletes in combat sports today.

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How old is Israel Adesanya?

Adesanya is 32. At the age of 18, Adesanya started training in kickboxing.

At 20, Adesanya pursued a career in combat sports. At 21, he began training in MMA in New Zealand. He found his future home in City Kickboxing while over there.

Israel Adesanya bio, record

Adesanya made his pro kickboxing in 2010 following an amateur record of 32-0. Competing for King in the Ring and GLORY, Adesanya is a multi-time tournament winner. The last fight of his kickboxing career was a loss to now-current UFC fighter Alex Pereira.

During his time in kickboxing, Adesanya started to compete in MMA. He made his pro debut in 2012. Adesanya also boxed and owns a 5-1 record.

In MMA, Adesanya went 11-0 before debuting for the UFC in 2018. He started his career there by beating Rob Wilkinson, Marvin Vettori, Brad Tavares, Derek Brunson, and idol Anderson Silva. In ’19, Adesanya beat Kelvin Gastelum to win the interim UFC middleweight title. That same year at UFC 243, he beat Robert Whittaker to become the undisputed champion.

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Adesanya has defended that title four times, with wins over Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa, Vettori, and Whittaker. The Whittaker rematch took place this past February, and Adesanya won via unanimous decision to go 2-0 against the former champion.

The lone loss of Adesanya’s MMA career has been against Jan Blachowicz when he attempted to compete for the UFC light heavyweight title. Now he is set to fight a former heavyweight and light heavyweight in Cannonier.

When is UFC 276: Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier

Date: Saturday, July 2
FIGHT PASS Prelims: 6 p.m. ET
Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
Main card: 10 p.m. ET
Main event: 12:15 a.m. ET (approximately)

UFC 276 takes place on July 2. The FIGHT PASS prelims will start at 6 p.m. ET, while the prelims take place at 8 p.m. ET. The main card is set for 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Adesanya and Cannonier should make their way to the octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.

How to watch UFC 276: Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier

TV channels: ESPN+, ESPN Deportes
Live stream: ESPN+

The main card for UFC 276 is available in the U.S. and Mexico on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service for a pay-per-view cost.

MORE: Sign up to watch the UFC 276 PPV, exclusively on ESPN+

Earlier fights are viewable live on ESPN+, the WatchESPN app, and, for the early prelims, on UFC Fight Pass.

In Canada, the main card pay-per-view is available on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.

In the United Kingdom, the main card will be available on BT Sport 1, with the prelims available on UFC Fight Pass.

In Australia, the main card will be on Main Event, Kayo Sports, FOXTEL and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.

Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier price: How much does UFC 276 cost?

$74.99 (current ESPN+ subscribers)
$99.98 (new subscribers)

In the U.S., the UFC 276 main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 276 is $74.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $99.98 for the UFC 276 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which offers savings of more than 30 percent.

Product
Prices
ESPN+ Monthly Subscription
$6.99/month
ESPN+ Annual Subscription
$69.99/year
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported
$13.99/month
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads
$19.99/month
UFC PPV Standalone
$74.99 each
UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual)
$99.98, then $69.99/year
UFC PPV & The Disney Bundle

$88.98, then $13.99/month

Click here to learn about the different pricing and bundling options with the ESPN+ platform.

UFC 276 fight card

Main card

Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Jared Cannonier for the UFC middleweight title
Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Max Holloway 3 for the UFC featherweight title
Sean Strickland vs. Alex Pereira; Middleweights
Lauren Murphy vs. Miesha Tate; Flyweights
Pedro Munhoz vs. Sean O’Malley; Bantamweights

Prelims

Brad Riddell vs. Jalin Turner; Lightweights
Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena; Welterweights
Jessica Eye vs. Maycee Barber; Flyweights
Uriah Hall vs. Andre Muniz; Middleweights
Jim Miller vs. Bobby Green; Lightweights
Brad Tavares vs. Dricus Du Plessis; Middleweights
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Julija Stoliarenko; Bantamweights

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