Adesanya's UFC title reign still lacks something special

Israel Adesanya possesses the magnetic personality and otherworldly combat skills required to succeed in mixed martial arts.

The UFC middleweight champion lacks the highlight-reel exploits that would establish him as a household name in the wider sports community.

Time to consider whether he is able to offer them.

Another chance was lost by Adesanya in his lackluster championship defense against Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 on Saturday night. Adesanya is arguably the UFC's most spectacular all-around athlete.

Since his failed attempt to win the light heavyweight title, Adesanya has won three decision matches in what MMA analysts refer to as technical, tactical performances.

No matter how passionately Adesanya (23-1) disagrees, many others describe them as being dull.

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