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UFC 276: Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier, live results and analysis

LAS VEGAS -- Israel Adesanya had a look into a proverbial crystal ball Thursday at the UFC 276 news conference. Behind him on the dais were Sean Strickland and Alex Pereira, a pair of middleweights on the undercard this weekend.

The winner of that fight will likely be next in line for Adesanya's middleweight title -- and "The Last Stylebender" spent more time going back and forth verbally with Strickland and Pereira than his actual next opponent.

Before Adesanya can open up the door to his next challenge, he has to successfully defend his UFC middleweight title Saturday night against Jared Cannonier in the UFC 276 headliner at T-Mobile Arena.