"The Last Stylebender" will take over the Big Apple again on Saturday, November 12, as Israel Adesanya defends his middleweight title against Brazilian knockout artist Alex Pereira in the main event of UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Fighting in "The World's Most Famous Arena" for the first time since a Performance of the Night knockout of Derek Brunson in 2018, Adesanya will now put his undisputed 185-pound title on the line for the sixth time against Pereira, who is unbeaten in three UFC bouts, including a July finish of Sean Strickland, and owns a pair of kickboxing victories over Adesanya.
In the co-main event, Carla Esparza puts her strawweight title on the line against former champion Zhang Weili. Plus, top ranked lightweights Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler clash in a can’t-miss bout on the main card.
The UFC 281: Adesanya vs Pereira Early Prelims kickoff Saturday, November 12 at 6pm ET / 3pm PT in the United States on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass. The Prelims air at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on ESPNews and the Main Card will air exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.
Main event and co-main event both scheduled for five rounds. All other bouts scheduled for three rounds.
UFC 281: Adesanya vs Pereira Official Weigh-In Results:
Main Event - Middleweight Title Bout: Israel Adesanya (185) vs Alex Pereira (184.6)
Co-Main Event - Women’s Strawweight Title Bout: Carla Esparza (114.8) vs Zhang Weili (114.8)
Lightweight Bout: Dustin Poirier (156) vs Michael Chandler (155.8)
Bantamweight Bout: Frankie Edgar (135.6) vs Chris Gutierrez (136)
Lightweight Bout 3 Rounds: Dan Hooker (155.8) vs Claudio Puelles (155.2)
Lightweight Bout: Brad Riddell (155.6) vs Renato Moicano (155.8)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Dominick Reyes (205.4) vs *Ryan Spann (206.6)
Women’s Flyweight Bout: Erin Blanchfield (125) vs Molly McCann (125.4)
Middleweight Bout: Andre Petroski (185.8) vs Wellington Turman (185.2)
Lightweight Bout: Matt Frevola (154.8) vs Ottman Azaitar (155.6)
Women’s Strawweight Bout: Karolina Kowalkiewicz (115.6) vs Silvana Gomez Juarez (115.6)
Featherweight Bout: **Michael Trizano (147.6) vs Seungwoo Choi (145.6)
Bantamweight Bout: Julio Arce (135.8) vs Montel Jackson (135.8)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Carlos Ulberg (205.2) vs Nicolae Negumereanu (206)
*Spann weighed in above the light heavyweight limit of 206 pounds and is fined 20% of his purse
**Trizano weighed in above the featherweight limit of 146 pounds and is fined 20% of his purse
UFC 281: Adesanya vs Pereira took place live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 12, 2022. See the Final Results, Official Scorecards, and Who Won Bonuses - and relive the action on UFC Fight Pass!