The last year has been building toward this moment – the first MMA bout between kickboxing foes Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya at UFC 281, live. Pereira, the only person to ever knockout Adesanya in a contest, is challenging “The Last Sytlebender” for the middleweight belt. Their headline contest is just the cherry on top of the stacked card this Saturday that features the women’s strawweight title on the line in the co-main event. Zhang Weili is a strong candidate to reclaim her belt, currently held by Carla Esparza.
Watch UFC 281 Live
When: Saturday, November 12, 2022
Early Prelims Start Time: 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
Prelims Start Time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Main Card Start Time: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
Location: Madison Square Garden – New York City, New York
Following Friday’s weigh-ins, the entire fight card is set to move forward. A couple of athletes, however, did fail to make their cuts. In the early prelims, Michael Trizano missed weight by 1.5 pounds, resulting in a 20 percent fine of his purse. On the preliminary card, Ryan Spann was a half-pound above the 206 limit and will be fined 20 percent of his fight check as well.
One of Glover Teixeira’s training partners for his UFC 282 main event was UFC 281 main event challenger Pereira. Talking with All Access MMA, Teixeira predicts his campmate taking the fight while previewing his own bout next month.