The UFC will take center stage this weekend at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. Under those bright lights, the Octagon will host two title fights – with Israel Adesanya versus Alex Pereira and Carla Esparza versus Zhang Weili.
In addition to these all-important contests, there are some fun stuff programmed around the rest of the map. Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler is expected to serve up a lot of violence on the pay-per-view. The preliminaries have Erin Blanchfield, who could make some noise at flyweight, taking on the always fun Molly McCann. And the early preliminaries have the undefeated Ottman “don’t ask me what’s in my mom’s purse” Azaitar battling Matt Frevola.
But of course, before any of these fights can take place, all competitors must climb the dreaded ladder. With two title fights, four fighters will need to be extra careful (and send pleasing prayers to the MMA gods) to avoid a last-minute shuffling of the card.
You can watch to see what’s happening on these ladders live, here! Check out the stream below, courtesy of our friends at mma fight. It will go live at 9 a.m. ET.
UFC 281: Adesanya vs Pereira Official weigh-ins Live stream | mma fight
Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN+PPV):
UFC Middleweight Championship: Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Alex Pereira
UFC Strawweight Championship: Carla Esparza (c) vs. Zhang Weili
Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler
Bantamweight: Frankie Edgar vs. Chris Gutierrez
Lightweight: Dan Hooker vs. Claudio Puelles
Prelims (8 p.m. ET on ESPNN/ESPN+)
Lightweight: Brad Riddell vs. Renato Moicano
Light Heavyweight: Dominick Reyes vs. Ryan Spann
Flyweight: Erin Blanchfield vs. Molly McCann
Middleweight: Andre Petrovski vs. Wellington Turman
Early Preliminaries (6 p.m. ET on ESPN+)
Lightweight: Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez
Featherweight: Mike Trizano vs. Choi Seung-woo
Bantamweight: Julio Arce vs. Montel Jackson
Light Heavyweight: Carlos Ulberg vs. Nicolae Negumereanu