Updates, highlights, analysis for Israel Adesanya-Alex Pereira and more

Israel Adesanya He will defend his middleweight title in Saturday’s main event at UFC 281 against his longtime rival Alex Pereira. Pereira beat Adesanya in two kickboxing matches, one by decision and the second, in 2017, with one brutal punch.

Until now, On BetMGM, Adesanya is a 2 to 1 favorite. Adesanya is -210 for a win, with Pereira +170. Surprisingly, the odds of all of them winning by KO are roughly the same, despite the fact that Pereira is one of the biggest punches in UFC history. Adesanya by KO is +300, but Pereira by KO is +275.

Yes it is preferred over the prop that asks if the fight will make a difference. Yes it is -120 and no -110.

At the UFC 281 co-main event, strawweight champion Carla Esparza It can fight at its best and still not be enough. Zhang Weili is arguably the best athlete among the UFC champions and has amazing physical skills. Zhang said he had nothing to fear in the Esparza match, which clearly caught the champion’s attention. She didn’t get angry, but was underestimated for most of her career and is a champion now nearly eight years since her UFC debut.

“I think a lot of people have felt that about my game, but it doesn’t really matter what you think or what you’re afraid of,” Esparza said on Media Day Wednesday. “I’m going there with my best game, and it’s probably one of the best camps I’ve been in. I’m just ready to go.” Get there better than me and prove the world wrong, I guess.”

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In an instant classic, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler had a bloody back-and-forth battle that ended when Poirier closed in at a rear naked throttle in the third round.

Frankie Edgar’s legendary UFC career came to a violent end as he put former champion Chris Gutierrez to sleep with a brutal jumping knee to the chin in the first round. Edgar didn’t get anything noticeable as he looked for a hatch. Gutierrez jumped on a knee and grabbed him by the chin and so it was over at once. Edgar finished his career 24-11-1 while Gutierrez improved it to 19-3-2.

In the opening main tag match, Dan Hooker finished his duo slip with a second-round TKO to Claudio Beulis, who was mostly trying to wrestle with the 6-footer from New Zealand. Hooker fought off Boylis’ surrender attempts in the first round and ended the fight with multiple tap kicks that put Billes on the mat and forced referee Keith Peterson to call off the fight.

Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports is cage side and will have full coverage of the stacked view, so keep it closed here.

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Early preliminary results for UFC 281 card, highlights

  • Hayweight: defeated Carolina Kowalkiewicz. Silvana Gomez Juarez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Catchweight (147.6 lbs): Michael Trizano def. Choi Seung-woo by KO (punches) at 4:51 from R1:

  • Pants Weight: Montell Jackson def. Julio Arce by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

  • Light Heavyweight: Carlos Ulberg def. Nicolae Negumereanu by TKO (punches) at 3:44 of R1:

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