Israel Adesanya is set to defend his middleweight title against Alex Pereira at UFC 281 in November as the champion seeks to avenge back-to-back losses to the Brazilian from the pair’s kickboxing days.
Adesanya is undefeated at middleweight in mixed martial arts, his only loss being an unsuccessful light heavyweight title fight in 2021, though Pereira knocked out and outpointed the Last Stylebender in two bouts during the rivals’ tenure as professional kickboxers.
Pereira made his UFC debut in November and has won promotion 3-0 with impressive KO wins in his first and third bouts. Most recently, the 35-year-old knocked out middleweight contender Sean Strickland in the first round.
After that bout in July, which took place on the undercard of Adesanya’s decider against Jared Cannonier, Pereira challenged Adesanya. The Nigerian-born New Zealander responded in kind and a clash between the two is now official for UFC 281 on November 12.
The fight is expected to be titled UFC 281, which will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Adesanya, 33, has a professional MMA record of 23-1 while Pereiras is 6-1.
Pereira first competed in pro-MMA in 2015 and lost his first fight before winning back-to-back fights in 2016. The Brazilian then returned to the sport in 2020 and recorded another win 12 months before his UFC debut.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/ufc/adesanya-ufc-alex-pereira-next-fight-b2140464.html UFC Champion Israel Adesanya fights Alex Pereira to avenge kickboxing KO loss