Revealed on 27 Oct 2022 5:39 pm (United kingdom Time)
On Saturday, November 12, live from Madison Square Garden in New York Metropolis, the undefeated UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will protect his crown towards a acquainted foe in Alex Pereira.
13 fights have been scheduled for the UFC 281 preliminary and principal celebration cards, and next the accomplishment of UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, it’ll be a tough act to adhere to.
The confirmed fights for UFC 281 are as follows:
- Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira (Middleweight Primary Occasion Championship Bout)
- Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili (Women’s Strawweight Championship Co-Key Event Bout)
- Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler (Lightweight Bout)
- Dan Hooker vs. Claudio Puelles (Light-weight Bout)
- Frankie Edgar vs. Chris Gutierrez (Bantamweight Bout)
UFC 281 Preliminary Card
- Erin Blanchfield vs. Molly McCann (Women’s Flyweight Bout)
- Dominick Reyes vs. Ryan Spann (Mild Heavyweight Bout)
- Mike Trizano vs. Seung Woo Choi (Featherweight Bout)
- Brad Riddell vs. Renato Moicano (Light-weight Bout)
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez (Women’s Strawweight Bout)
- Ottman Azaitar vs. Matt Frevola (Light-weight Bout)
- Carlos Ulberg vs. Nicolae Negumereanu (Light-weight Heavyweight Bout)
- Andre Petroski vs. Wellington Turman (Middleweight Bout)
- Julio Arce vs. Montel Jackson (Bantamweight Bout)
UFC 281 Major Event Preview & Historical past
The UFC 281 line-up is stacked with expertise, but the focus has flocked all over the principal function of the evening.
The Nigerian-New Zealander has sat atop the 185lb division because defeating previous winner Rob Whittaker in 2019. Boasting a 23-1- experienced MMA file, Israel “The Previous Stylebender” Adesanya made a single of the fasted rises to UFC superstardom on his arrival to the advertising. A single year and eight months pursuing his debut, Adesanya defeated all 6 of his opponents to make his title opportunity. Nevertheless, a person gentleman has earned a championship possibility even speedier, Adesanya’s UFC 281 opponent, Alex Pereira.
Pereira, 35, burst on to the scene in November 2021 with a traveling knee knockout in excess of Andreas Michailidis. And in 2022, therefore far, the Brazilian knockout artist has recorded an additional two victories, most notably knockout out a leading contender in Sean Strickland. The latter propelled Pereira’s ranking, and immediately after a mere a few UFC fights and just 13 months in the enterprise, a shot at gold has been offered.
That stated, the historical past between Adesanya and Pereira has definitely assisted the UFC in gifting Pereira a title chance so early into his tenure. Each adult males are previous experienced kickboxers where they’ve beforehand fought one particular an additional on two events, and it is Pereira who gained each contests. In 2016, Pereira been given a nod from the judges in a carefully fought struggle, but their rematch in 2017 noticed the Brazilian knock Adesanya into unconsciousness. Pereira is the only battle sports activities athlete to prevent Adesanya through KO/TKO.
Adesanya, on the other hand, is the more completed MMA fighter and when Pereira nevertheless carries the very same energy that stopped “Stylebender”, a struggle in the octagon underneath MMA policies is a diverse planet as opposed to kickboxing. The middleweight champion owns significantly far more MMA knowledge than his kickboxing foe and is deservingly witnessed as the probably winner of this battle.
UFC 281 Odds & Prediction
Sportsbooks opened Adesanya as the -200 betting favored, but the dollars on Pereira has shifted that price tag to -165 at most bookmakers, with the comeback on the Brazilian sitting all-around +140. Caesars New York sportsbooks must count on late income on Adesanya, and the recent cost is envisioned to plummet back again into the -200 vary, strictly based mostly on the practical experience and know-how of the MMA local community, who’ll unquestionably side with precision and talent about knockout energy.
The game plan for Pereira demands to include constant pressure and counter-putting, but as we can gauge from Adesanya’s earlier fights, he’s an pro in distance management and movement. We can hope the champ to stay cautious and pick his pictures from the outdoors even though preventing close encounters with the knockout power that beforehand still left him looking at stars.
I recommend sports bettors continue being careful for the reason that it only requires one punch in the course of a 25-minute bout, 1 punch that can end it all. Adesanya will need to great his shot range whilst staying away from the still left hook of Pereira like the plague. I imagine continual forward-shifting pressure from Pereira since a complex hanging fight in the octagon favors his opponent. If anybody can cope with force, It’s Adesanya and his precise counter-striking capability while going backward.
The earth will be tuned in to see if Pereira can replicate his knockout of Adesanya on the grandest phase of them all, Madison Sq. Back garden in New York. Nevertheless, we forecast the skilled sharpshooter will protect his middleweight belt and precise revenge.
UFC 281 Prediction: Adesanya to earn by final decision