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Michael Bisping explains how Jared Cannonier poses a ‘unique threat’ to Israel Adesanya

Michael Bisping believes current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will face one of the toughest challenges of his reign at UFC 276.

The current consensus is that Robert Whittaker remains the toughest match for Israel Adesanya at middleweight. While Cannonier has just one decision loss to Whittaker, Adesanya has two wins over “Bobby Knuckles.”

However, as always, you can’t really apply MMA math to figure out how a fight will go. Explaining the difference between the two on his YouTube channel, Bisping said:

“You have to remember the styles make the fights. Robert was mixing takedowns and things like that [against Cannonier]. Israel does not shoot to hit a takedown. He can hit a knockdown, that’s damn sure.”

Using their two fights against middleweight GOAT Anderson Silva as benchmarks, Michael Bisping explained how Jared Cannonier’s style poses a threat to Israel Adesanya on the feet.

First, Bisping highlighted how Adesanya’s fight with Silva ended in a close decision, while Jared Cannonier put on a more effective and efficient performance that ended in a TKO.

Breaking down Cannonier’s performance against “The Spider” and how that plays into his next title shot, Bisping said:

“When you fight Anderson Silva, it’s the same as fighting Israel Adesanya. When you fight a big, long, long, long reach guy, great kickboxing, really long reach, you have to take the advantage of the reach . You have to put them on the back foot.”

He also explained how Cannonier used speed against Silva:

“Jared took his time, but he was explosive. Jared cut the cage, he backed him up, he mirrored him, he followed him… The reflexes were quick. He’s certainly very, very quick When he fought Anderson Silva he looked like lightning, he landed three right hands in a row, the kicks were obviously on point, his reflexes were great, he checked everything, took no damage.

Watch Michael Bisping talk about the upcoming Adesanya vs. Cannonier fight:

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Taking into account that both fighters fought Anderson Silva well past his prime and standing, Bisping makes a very compelling case for the main event of UFC 276.

Israel Adesanya recalls his performance against Anderson Silva

In a video posted by BT Sports on Twitter, Israel Adesanya broke up his fight against Anderson Silva.

He remembers being hurt by the middleweight legend, but also hurting him back. Naturally, the reigning king regrets not going in and finishing the biggest in the division. Still, he also hinted that it was probably a wise move, as Silva was always relentless with his counters to get opponents going.

Obviously Adesanya also recalls his fight against Silva being close and not as effective as Jared Cannonier’s. On the other hand, ‘The Killa Gorilla’ won the first round, which is also where he finished Anderson Silva.

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