There has been high drama in the UFC 276 main event with champion Israel Adesanya and his opponent booed mercilessly in a fan revolt.

Alexander Volkanovski has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time and one of the greatest athletes Australia has ever produced as he dismantled Max Holloway in their trilogy fight on Sunday.

It came as clinical Kiwi Israel Adesanya defended his middleweight belt for the fifth time on the stacked UFC 276 card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Adesanya outclassed Jared Cannonier and barely had to get out of first gear as he cruised to a unanimous judges decision victory (49-46 x2, 50-45).

However, his victory was overshadowed by the ugly moment the crowd turned on both fighters as the contest failed to provide any spark.

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Meanwhile, Aussie Volkanovski was at a freakish level as he won a record 22nd consecutive victory and did what nobody ever has in making Holloway look second-rate.

Volkanovski was awarded the win via a unanimous decision (50-45 x3) where all three judges awarded him all five rounds.

He was unstoppable. A sight to behold.

It emerged after the fight that Holloway had been taken to hospital and Volkanovski had suffered a broken hand early in the fight. It didn’t dampen his celebrations in any way.

“This is my f***ing house,” he barked as he celebrated the win with gusto in the Octagon.

There’s no arguing his point.

He has nothing left to prove at featherweight after cleaning out the division and he has now turned his focus to becoming a double-champ in chasing the lightweight belt.

Crowd turns on Adesanya and Cannonier

Israel Adesanya was at his surgical best as he ticked off the rounds against Jared Cannonier — and that’s the problem.

The fight world was scathing of the lack of action in the contest as Adesanya was barely tested.

One of the greatest showmen in combat sport, Adesanya barely delivered a highlight strike as Cannonier appeared content just to survive five rounds.

Adesanya made a theatrical walk to the Octagon dressed up as the “Undertaker” from the WWE. He continued to look like the boogeyman in the first round as he controlled the fight and gave Cannonier nothing to work with.

The walk-out ended up being the highlight of the night for Adesanya fans.

“They had an excellent game plan,” Adesanya said after the fight.

“It was really hard to get my follow-ups going, my second-phases going, because they had a good game plan.”

Cannonier’s only round where he took the fight to Adesanya was the third round — and even then he failed to throw combinations.

He caught Adesanya by surprise with a few level changes, but a high leg kick was as good as it got.

UFC commentators and the booing crowd didn’t want to hear the excuses.

Sports betting reporter Ben Fawkes called it a “mundane” contest.

The only exciting thing for fans is that the card likely sets up a salivating showdown between Adesanya and kick-boxing freak Alex Pereira, who delivered the best KO of the whole event earlier on the card.

Pereira defeated Adesanya twice in their kick-boxing careers and he has been nothing short of a terminator since arriving in the UFC.

World in awe of Aussie Volkanovski

UFC commentators, including Joe Rogan and hall-of-famer Daniel Cormier were left in awe of Volkanovski’s performance.

Rogan said: “This performance tonight has been extraordinary. This is the best we’ve seen him look.

“We’ve never seen Holloway this busted up before. His face is messed up.”

Cormier said: “I’m in awe at his improvements. Volkanovski has never looked better”.

Volkanovski opened up a sickening cut on Holloway’s forehead in the second round and blood began trickling down onto the American’s legs.

Volkanovski re-opened the cut above Holloway’s eye in the third round.

“That’s nasty,” Joe Rogan said in commentary.

“That is bad.”

After Volkanovski took the third round, Rogan said in commentary: “Volkanovski is just on another level right now”.

There had been some spicy friction between Volkanovski and Holloway during Saturday’s weigh-ins with the pair exchanging words back stage.

Both fighters were nothing but class as they embraced after the fight. It was a fitting end to their epic trilogy.

‘My god’: UFC star is scary

Alex Pereira showed he is going to challenge for the middleweight belt at some stage in his career with a freaky finish in his first round knockout of Sean Strickland.

Periera left Strickland on wobbly legs with a sweet left hook. He finished it off with two clinical follow-up punches that landed on Strickland’s chin as he fell to the floor.

“My god,” UFC legend Daniel Cormier said.

UFC superstar in heated crowd altercation

UFC stars Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier had to be separated by security officials after a verbal altercation threatened to get physical in the crowd at UFC 276.

The pair crossed paths near the Octagon and their trash talking got heated before Chandler was ushered away by a group of security guards and members of his entourage.

A video if the moment posted by UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns showed how angry the normally composed Poirier became.

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It comes after the pair have exchanged words in public comments recently with Poirier suggesting Chandler gets “hurt a lot” in his fights. Chandler responded with a social media post where he told Poirier to “zip it”.

‘Nobody does that’: Brutal UFC finish

Joe Rogan was blown away by the moment Jalin Turner took out Kiwi Brad Riddell in just 45 seconds.

Turner produced the highlight moment of the undercard when he stunned Riddell with a clean right hand and then finished it off with guillotine choke that forced Riddell to tap out.

“Nobody does that to Brad Riddell,” Rogan said.

Turner was ice cool in his post-fight interview.

“I’m here to finish people,” he said.

“I don’t get paid by the round, either, so I’m in and out.”

UFC cult hero retires on the spot

Popular fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has retired after being submitted by Jim Miller in the second round.

Cerrone tapped out when Miller locked in a guillotine choke.

Cerrone got to his feet and then put his gloves on the deck, showing he was done after 11 years in the fight promotion.

“Thank you, Las Vegas,” he said.

“It’s time to bow out. I don’t love it anymore.

“But this is the perfect way to go out.”

He said he is going to become a Hollywood star.

The win saw Miller set a new record with 24 wins in the UFC — the most in the fight promotion’s history.

Aussie suffers sickening injury in ugly moment

Jessica-Rose Clarke appeared to suffer a serious arm injury during a first round TKO loss on the undercard of UFC 276.

The Aussie was submitted in just 43 seconds by Julija Stoliarenko.

Clarke was taken down to the ground early and then disaster struck when she tried to wrestle out of an arm bar hold.

It ended with a serious injury. There is speculation Clarke’s arm may also have broken as her elbow appeared to be dislocated.

“She dislocated it, you can see it,” UFC Hall of Fame inductee Daniel Cormier said in commentary.

“It’s dislocated bad. That was nasty. Jessica is tapping desperately.”

“Perfect timing and execution,” Joe Rogan added.

“The way she passed the guard, the way she got to that position. Watch this level change and look at the beautiful use of the hips and amazing flexibility in her core to get over there, passes that arm and gets that far-side arm bar.”

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UFC 276 main card results

Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier — Middleweight title fight

Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway — Featherweight title fight

Alex Pereira defeated Sean Strickland via TKO (Round 1)

Bryan Barberena defeated Robbie Lawler via TKO (Round 2)

Pedro Munhoz vs Sean O’Malley, no contest after accidental foul

UFC 276 preliminaries results

Jalin Turner defeated Brad Riddell via TKO submission (Round 1)

Jim Miller defeated Donald Cerrone via TKO submission (Round 2)

Ian Garry defeated Gabe Green via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Dricus Du Plessis defeated Brad Tavares via unanimous decision (29-28)

Julija Stoliarenko defeated Jessica-Rose Clark via TKO submission (Round 1)

Andre Muniz defeated Uriah Hall via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

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