Israel Adesanya will defend his UFC middleweight title against Alex Pereira in the main event of UFC 281 on November 12 in New York, the Last Stylebender announced on SportsCenter, IgbereTV reports
Adesanya’s seventh consecutive title defence at Madison Square Garden will be another opportunity to get the better of Pereira after being beaten twice by the Brazilian in their kickboxing days including one via a scary knockout.
First Dance in Shenzhen
Adesanya and Pereira clashed for the first time at Glory of Heroes 1 in Shenzhen, China, in 2016 with the Brazilian winning via unanimous decision which was hotly disputed by Adesanya and MMA fighters like Stephen Thompson.
“I did not see that at all,” Thompson said. “I did not see Alex winning that. That was definitely an Izzy fight. … What were the judges looking at? I have no idea.