In his fifth defense of the world title, the middleweight champion Adesanya controlled Jared Cannonier, yet the fight lacked any genuine edge and was ultimately boring to watch. And although spectators in the stadium paid $110, or around £92, for the cheapest ticket, purchasing for the pay-per-view experience cost Americans $75 (£63).
Hollywood actor Chris Pratt, who was there at the bout and is a fervent MMA supporter, was among the outspoken detractors, along with Bisping.
“What I wanted to see was a little more urgency, a willingness to entertain the 20,000 people that have paid for very expensive tickets” Bisping commented on the UFC 276 BT Sport post-fight show.
“I agree with 50-45. But as I say, a sense of urgency from both men was what was required. Listen, at the end of the day, Adesanya did what he set out to do. That was defend the belt. But however, he’s not wowing audiences. He would probably say that’s not his job, his job is to win fights and that’s what he did.”
Pratt, a famous actor, joined Bisping as an unanticipated ally and expressed views that were extremely similar. “I’m going to say this as humbly as I can,” Pratt said in the ESPN post-fight show. “As a guy who never stepped in the Octagon. I don’t know this game, I’m just an actor. But I’m not a fan. I’m not a fan of coming out, like, all that talk and then just kind of putting on a little bit of a pitter-patter. I’m like, ‘Come on, man. Cash on that.’ You’ve got to cash on that promise of being so bada**.