UFC 281 boasts two title fights with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya taking on Alex Pereira while Carla Esparza defends her strawweight belt against Zhang Weili.
The Nigerian won the interim middleweight belt at UFC 236 courtesy of a decision victory over Kevin Gastelum and he unified the division at UFC 243 with a knockout win against Robert Whittaker.
He has gone on to enjoy five successful defences and has looked untouchable. However, Pereira could offer his biggest test to date.
The Brazilian only moved into MMA in 2015 and has just seven fights on his record but he is 6-1 and has won all three of his contests since signing for the UFC.
Sunday’s co-main event sees Esparza make the first defence of her strawweight belt after beating Rose Namajunas by decision at UFC 274.
The 33-year-old lost her rematch with Namajunas at UFC 268 but has another opportunity to get back to the top of the division this weekend.
|What||UFC 281: Israel Adesanya vs Alex Pereira|
|Where||Madison Square Garden, New York, USA|
|When||01:00, Sunday 13th November 2022|
|How to watch||BT Sport 2|
|Odds||Israel Adesanya 4/7, Alex Pereira 6/4|
UFC 281 is set to take place on Sunday 13th November.
The preliminary card starts at 01:00 and the main card begins at 03:00 with Adesanya and Pereira likely to be in action around 06:00.
Madison Square Garden in New York plays host to UFC 281.
Yes. The preliminary card and main card are both set to be broadcast on BT Sport 2.
Yes. There are two belts on the line at UFC 281. Adesanya makes the sixth defence of his middleweight belt against Pereira.
Esparza is making the maiden defence of her strawweight belt in the co-main event against Zhang.
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