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.
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.
The Joe Rogan Experience host questioned why it’s legal for fighters to cut massive amounts of weight to squeeze into lower divisions.
Joe Rogan discusses Israel Adesanya’s knockout loss to Alex Pereira at UFC 281 earlier this month.
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.
Alex Pereira has evolved.
"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 former Light Heavyweight title contender vowed to fight on with another lesson learned at the hands of Ryan Spann at UFC 281.
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.
Israel Adesanya is slightly skeptical of the referee work he received in his first career UFC title fight compared to his most recent.
The former Light Heavyweight champion shared his thoughts on the unfortunate losses suffered by his bitter rivals at Madison Square Garden.