Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira Headlines UFC 281 On November 12. At Madison Square Garden

Israel Adesanya
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An undisputed UFC middleweight championship fight between division best, Israel Adesanya, and the #5 ranked division contender, Alex Pereira is set to take main event honors at UFC 281 on November 12. From Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

Sharing a distinct rivalry throughout their respective combat sports careers, Israel Adesanya twice shared the GLORY Kickboxing squared circle with Pereira – suffering both a controversial unanimous decision loss to the Brazilian, to go with a thunderous 2017, one punch knockout defeat.Β 

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Israel Adesanya headlines for the third time this annum

Also sharing the UFC 276 pay-per-view card during International Fight Week last month, Adesanya headlined the event with a lacklustre unanimous decision win over Jared Cannonier.

As for Sao Paulo native, Pereira, the former two-weight GLORY Kickboxing champion managed to latch onto his third Octagon win with a blistering first round knockout win over the surging, Sean Strickland. The UFC confirmed the headlining clash between Adesanya and Pereira on their official Twitter account this Friday night.Β 

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β€œAs announced on @SportsCenter, we have a MASSIVE main event set for MSG (Madison Square Garden) (apple emoji). @Stylebender (Israel Adesanya) vs. Alex Pereira is confirmed for #UFC281!”

Securing his fifth successul defense of the undisputed middleweight title last month, Adesanya added Cannonier to a string of successful title knockbacks against two-time opponents, Robert Whittaker, and Marvin Vettori – in between a dominant second round knockout win over Pereira’s compatriot, Paulo Costa.

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Landing in the UFC back in November at Madison Square Garden, Pereira managed to stop Greece natvie, Andreas Michailidis with a highlight-reel second round flying knee knockout, before defeating Bruno Silva in an all-Brazilian showcase earlier this year.

Billed to compete against Strickland in an expected title-eliminator at the beginning of July, Pereira made short work of the North Carolina native – springing with a brutal left hook knockout in the opening round.

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