Israel Adesanya will defend his UFC middleweight title against Alex Pereira in the match against a stacked UFC 281 card next month.
‘The Last Stylebender’ defended his world crown with a third straight win over Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 in July.
The 33-year-old is among the best in the business and will be eager to cement it against an old foe.
Adesanya lost a professional kickboxing fight to Pereira in 2017 and will want revenge.
Pereira knocked out Sean Strickland on the same card in Adesanya’s last fight and the Brazilian will be looking to make the most of his title shot.
Also on the card, Carla Esparza will put her strawweight title on the line against Zhang Weili while Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler will also square off.
Adesanya vs Pereira: Date and how to follow
UFC 281 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 12 and will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Preliminary action will start at 11pm for UK fans, with the main card starting at 1am on Sunday morning. Adesanya vs Pereira can then be expected around 4am.
The action will air on BT Sport 2 with their coverage starting at 1am. Full details on how to follow the action will follow soon.
talkSPORT will also have all the preparation and reaction to the event throughout fight week.
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Adesanya vs Pereira: fight card
Subject to change
- MAIN EVENT: Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Alex Pereira – for the UFC Middleweight Championship
- Carla Esparza (c) vs. Zhang Weili – for the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship
- Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler
- Dan Hooker vs. Claudio Puelles
- Brad Riddell vs. Renato Moicano
- Andre Petroski vs. Wellington Turman
- Molly McCann vs. Erin Blanchfield
- Frankie Edgar vs. Chris Gutierrez
- Dominick Reyes vs. Ryan Spann
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez
- Michael Trizano vs. Choi Seung Woo
- Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
- Carlos Ulberg vs. Nicolae Negumereanu
- Julio Arce vs. Montel Jackson
Adesanya vs Pereira: What was said?
Jared Gunner“It definitely favors Izzy more.
“He’s been here longer. He’s had all these five-round championship fights with the best in our sport, so it’s definitely different. He certainly has the experience in this regard.
“He changed his kickboxing style more for MMA. Alex still has some kind of kickboxing staple, his stance.
“That doesn’t mean it’s a detriment to him, but it can be leveraged when it comes to MMA.
“I think the advantage goes to Israel in this regard.
“The power belongs to Alex, that’s for sure. They’re both the same size, you know, so Alex is going to be a denser opponent, so he’s probably a bit heavier.
“It will definitely be an exciting fight.”
UFC 280 takes center stage this weekend as Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev face off for the lightweight crown in the United Arab Emirates.
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