UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on November 12, 2022, at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States.:UFC 281 info:Date: Nov. 12;Location: Madison Square Garden — New York City;Start time: 10 p.m. ET (Main card)
It’s Fight Week in New York City once again. UFC is set to head back to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night with a loaded fight card sure to delight fans in the city that never sleeps. A pair of title fights tip the bill, but that’s not all fans have to look forward to in this sixth UFC event to take place at the World’s Most Famous Arena.
The main event sees one of the promotion’s biggest stars return to an arena that helped give him his kickstart as middleweight champion Israel Adesanya takes on Alex Pereira. Adesanya has run through just about every top fighter at 185 pounds, but now he faces a former foe who beat him twice in kickboxing, including a devastating knockout.
The champion hailing from New Zealand has been nearly perfect since joining the promotion as a middleweight. His lone slip up came in a one-sided defeat against Jan Blachowicz in a bid to become a two-division champion at light heavyweight. Outside of that blip, Adesanya has beaten every single rising challenger in the 185-pound division, including two of them twice (Robert Whittaker and Marvin Vettori).
The other title on the line will be the women’s strawweight crown when Carla Esparza looks to make her first defense of the 115-pound strap against former titleholder Weili Zhang. Esparza is in her second reign with the title after winning the inaugural title in 2014 over Rose Namajunas. Zhang bounced back from her title loss to Namajunas with a thunderous knockout of Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Below is the complete fight card with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Stay tuned to this page for any new or updates surrounding the event.
UFC 281 fight card, odds
Israel Adesanya (c) -220 vs. Alex Pereira +180, middleweight championship
Weili Zhang -340 vs. Carla Esparza (c) +270, women’s strawweight championship
Dustin Poirier -230 vs. Michael Chandler +190, lightweight
Chris Gutierrez -230 vs. Frankie Edgar +190, bantamweight
Dan Hooker -155 vs. Claudio Puelles +130, lightweight
Renato Moicano -125 vs. Brad Riddell +105, lightweight
Dominick Reyes -220 vs. Ryan Spann +180, light heavyweight
Erin Blanchfield -400 vs. Molly McCann +310, women’s flyweight
Andre Petroski -200 vs. Wellington Turman +170, middleweight
Silvana Gomez Juarez -115 vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz -105, women’s strawweight
Choi Seung-woo -170 vs. Michael Trizano +145, featherweight
Ottman Azaitar -150 vs. Matt Frevola +125, lightweight
Montel Jackson -200 vs. Julio Arce +170, bantamweight
Carlos Ulberg -140 vs. Nicolae Negumereanu +120, light heavyweight
How to watch: ESPN+ PPV
UFC 281 countdown
Staff predictions and expert picks for the main card
Morning Kombat: Adesanya says he ‘cleared the way’ for Pereira
Campbell: Poirier, Chandler battle with one last shot at gold on the line
Brookhouse: Best bets to consider on the main card
Mahjouri: How Edgar inspired many over his legendary career
Brookhouse: Three keys to victory for Pereira against Adesanya
Mahjouri: Undercard fights to watch in New York City
Campbell: Five biggest storylines to follow this week
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