August 15, 2022

Israel Adesanya will defend his middleweight title against Alex Pereira in New York’s MSG

Israel Adesanya will defend his middleweight title against Alex Pereira in New York’s MSG in headline event at UFC 281 in November

  • Israel Adesanya is 23-1 and undefeated at middleweight in his career
  • Adesanya owns five successful title defenses at middleweight, holding the undisputed title since October 2019
  • Pereira (6-1) is coming off a first-round knockout of Sean Strickland at UFC 276

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Israel Adesanya has his next opponent, as it’s been announced he’ll fight Alex Pereira to defend his UFC middleweight title.

The fight will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 12. It will be Adesanya’s second fight at ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena.’

Adesanya is undefeated in his career as a middleweight, while Pereira is coming off a first-round knockout of Sean Strickland at UFC 276 last month.

Alex Pereira has been chosen as the next challenger for the UFC Middleweight title

Alex Pereira has been chosen as the next challenger for the UFC Middleweight title

Israel Adesanya (L) is undefeated in his career as a middleweight, and owns a 23-1 record overall. Alex Pereira (R) has been chosen as the next challenger for the UFC Middleweight title

Adesanya’s one career UFC loss came in a light heavyweight title fight against Jan Blanchowicz in March of 2021.

Pereira has beaten Adesanya twice in kickboxing, including one via knockout.

Adesanya holds a 23-1 record, while Pereira is 6-1.

Pereira celebrates victory over Sean Strickland at UFC 276 last month at T Mobile Arena

Pereira celebrates victory over Sean Strickland at UFC 276 last month at T Mobile Arena

Pereira celebrates victory over Sean Strickland at UFC 276 last month at T Mobile Arena

Adesanya awaits start of round in title defense against Jared Cannonier at UFC 276

Adesanya awaits start of round in title defense against Jared Cannonier at UFC 276

Adesanya awaits start of round in title defense against Jared Cannonier at UFC 276

ESPN list has Adesanya as the third ranked pound-for-pound fighter in Mixed Martial Arts and Pereira as the No.7 ranked middleweight. 

Since transitioning from kick boxing to MMA Pereira has recorded finishes in five of six career fights. 

The 35-year-old Brazilian has also recorded a 3-0 record in the UFC and won Performance of the Night of two of the three occasions. 

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