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UFC 281

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will return to the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Sat., Nov. 12, 2022, with a blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) event that features two championship clashes. In UFC 281's main event, Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, will look to settle the score with former kickboxing rival and No. 5-ranked division contender, Alex Pereira. In the co-feature, women’s Strawweight queenpin, Carla Esparza, will attempt to defend her newly-won title for the first time against former champion and No. 2-seeded contender, Zhang Weili. Top-ranked Lightweight contenders, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler, will also throw down during UFC 281's PPV main card, an electric 155-pound showdown that has "Fight of the Night" written all over it. We'll stockpile all the real-time UFC 281 updates, odds, start time, tickets, weigh ins, predictions, previews, video highlights, press conferences, winners, losers and much more from "The Big Apple" right here before, during and well after the ESPN+-streamed live PPV show concludes.

Pereira Knows What It’s Like Losing Three Times To The Same Guy

Israel Adesanya isn’t the only fighter with a nemesis he couldn’t win against — "Poatan" had a similar opponent when he was a kickboxing amateur who beat him three times.

‘At This Point You Just Have To Poison HIm’

Israel Adesanya may want to consider poisoning Alex Pereira before their inevitable rematch under the UFC banner since "The Last Stylebender" cannot seem to defeat "Poatan" in hand-to-hand combat.

Zhang Surprised Fans Booed Esparza At UFC 281

No one was more surprised than Zhang Weili that Carla Esparza got showered with boos at UFC 281 in New York City.

KhamSquat Getting Yoked

Khamzat Chimaev return to middleweight seems like a foregone conclusion after buff-looking "Borz" uploaded photos of his training regimen.

Rogan Calls Pereira’s Extreme Weight Cutting ‘Sanctioned Cheating’

The Joe Rogan Experience host questioned why it’s legal for fighters to cut massive amounts of weight to squeeze into lower divisions.

Adesanya Handled UFC 281 Loss ‘Better Than Anybody Ever’

Joe Rogan discusses Israel Adesanya’s knockout loss to Alex Pereira at UFC 281 earlier this month.

Pereira Slams Stylewhiner For Referee Blame Game

Alex Pereira blasts UFC 281 opponent Israel Adesanya for blaming referee Marc Goddard for an early stoppage in their middleweight title fight on Nov. 12 in New York.

Whittaker On ‘Giant’ Pereira: ‘I Think I Can Take Him’

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker believes he can defeat newly-crowned 185-pound titleholder Alex Pereira, despite his "giant" frame, because of his offensive style and how they match up.

‘Kiss Me Dan Hooker, Kiss Me’

UFC lightweight Dan Hooker admits that kissing Joe Rogan’s head during his post-fight interview was a magical experience following his Claudio Puelles victory at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Promotion! Pereira ‘Survived’ With Jiu-Jitsu, Earns Brown Belt

Alex Pereira has evolved.

Adesanya Arrested At JFK Airport

Israel Adesanya’s week nearly went from bad to worse.

Cancel Rematch? ‘It’s Not Right’

Israel Adesanya is expected to score an immediate rematch against Alex Pereira after "Poatan" captured the 185-pound title at UFC 281, but not everyone in the middleweight division agrees with the decision to run it back.

Pereira Gets UFC Title Tattoo

Newly-crowned UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira celebrated his victory over longtime rival Israel Adesanya with a giant tattoo of the 185-pound strap.

Cormier Downplays Adesanya’s 0-3 Record Against Pereira

"DC" believes "The Last Stylebender" absolutely does deserve an immediate rematch against Alex Pereira despite being winless (0-3) over their inter-sport rivalry.

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The Champ Is Here!

Video: UFC Middleweight champion Alex Pereira returns home to adoring crowd in Connecticut just a few days removed from his technical knockout (TKO) win over Israel Adesanya at UFC 281.

Referee Saved Adesanya’s Career At UFC 281

According to long-time MMA trainer, Faras Zahabi, referee Marc Goddard may have saved Israel Adesanya’s career by stepping in to stop Alex Pereira from punishing him further at UFC 281.

Riddell Stepping Away From UFC After UFC 281 Loss

Brad Riddell has announced that he will be taking an extended hiatus from fighting after losing to Renato Moicano at UFC 281, his third straight defeat.

‘No Regrets’

Carla Esparza has no regrets in defeat Zhang Weili in the UFC 281 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event last Sat. night (Nov. 12, 2022) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

NYSAC Suspends 19 Fighters Indefinitely

UFC 281 medical suspensions: NYSAC suspends 19 fighters indefinitely following violent PPV action last Sat. night (Nov. 12, 2022) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Pereira Shakes Up Middleweight, P4P Rankings

Latest UFC rankings: Alex Pereira shook up the middleweight and pound-for-pound lists with his technical knockout win over Israel Adesanya in the UFC 281 pay-per-view (PPV) main event back on Nov. 12 in New York.

Reyes Releases Statement After Worrisome KO Loss At UFC 281

The former Light Heavyweight title contender vowed to fight on with another lesson learned at the hands of Ryan Spann at UFC 281.

Schaub: Pereira Couldn’t Beat ‘A Single Guy In Top 5’

If Israel Adesanya doesn’t hurry back and rematch Alex Pereira for the belt, Brendan Schaub believes "Poatan" will lose it against a strong wrestler.

UFC 281: More Than One Million PPV Buys?!?!?

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Stylebender Not Blaming Ref ... But Have Faith, Bro!

Israel Adesanya is slightly skeptical of the referee work he received in his first career UFC title fight compared to his most recent.

Pereira Fight ‘Easy Money’ For Cocksure Khamzat

Khamzat Chimaev is demanding a middleweight title fight against newly-crowned champion Alex Pereira after the Brazilian beat Israel Adesanya at UFC 281 in New York.

Drake Eats $2 Million Betting On Izzy

Drake curse returned for UFC 281 after the hip hop artist lost $2 million betting on Israel Adesanya to defeat Alex Pereira in their middleweight title fight in New York.

Adesanya Betting Favorite To Win ‘Poatan’ Rematch

Israel Adesanya is the odds-on betting favorite to win his MMA rematch against longtime rival Alex Pereira despite his knockout loss to "Poatan" at UFC 281 PPV in New York.

‘The Hunter Now Becomes The Hunted’

UFC 281 results: Israel Adesanya is likely going to get an instant rematch against Alex Pereira, this time he will be the hunter, which could make him a bit more dangerous.

‘You All Know I’m Not A Cheater’

The Poirier vs. Chandler fight at UFC 281 ended with more bad blood as "Diamond" accused "Iron" of being, "a dirty motherf—er."

Matches To Make After UFC 281

UFC 281 results: It’s time to see what could be next for all of the main card winners from last night’s "Adesanya vs Pereira" main card winners.

Jones Reacts After Adesanya And Reyes Fall At UFC 281

The former Light Heavyweight champion shared his thoughts on the unfortunate losses suffered by his bitter rivals at Madison Square Garden.

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