Less than two months separate us from the UFC 281 event, which will take place on November 12. held at Madison Square Garden. Traditionally, UFC events in New York bring a real spectacle, and nothing less can be expected this time either.
Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier are candidates to provide one of the best matches of the year, and Carla Esparza will defend her flyweight title. Her opponent will be Weili Zhang. We will also see new performances by Dan Hooker, Brad Riddell, and Renato Moicano, as well as the return of Dominick Reyes.
However, the actors in the main fight of the evening will receive the most attention. Israel Adesanya will be looking for a sixth consecutive defense of the UFC middleweight title, and Alex Pereira will try to disrupt his plans.
The Brazilian has only three UFC appearances behind him (3-0), and by knocking out Sean Strickland in the first round at the beginning of the seventh month, Pereira deserved a title shot. The great Brazilian kickboxer, but now an MMA fighter, already has some history with Adesanya.
They fought twice according to kickboxing rules, and both times Pereira won. "Poatan" also managed to knock out Adesanya in the second fight, which makes him the only fighter who has ever managed to do so. Izzy will try to prove that he is still a better fighter than Pereira, especially when it comes to MMA.
Adesanya has ruled the UFC middleweight division for three years, and a victory against Pereira would almost "clean up" the division, at least until new challengers arrive.
Adesanya released an "official trailer"
Ahead of the upcoming match, Adesanya released an "official trailer" for his match against Alex Pereira on his YouTube channel.
It is known that at the end of last year, Adesanya complained about the way the UFC announced his second bout against Robert Whittaker. Izzy then claimed that the promotion was doing too little to market and promote his matches and has since decided to take matters into his own hands.
His YouTube channel is constantly growing and currently has 847 thousand subscribers. Analyzes and reactions to UFC matches, all kinds of interesting videos, as well as "official trailers", are what Adesanya gives to those who follow his channel.