UFC® RETURN TO MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
HEADLINED BY HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
(C) ISRAEL ADESANYA vs. (#5) ALEX PEREIRA
(C) CARLA ESPARZA vs. (#2) ZHANG WEILI
UFC® 281: ADESANYA vs. PEREIRA
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 26
Las Vegas – On the anniversary of the primary, record-breaking UFC occasion at Madison Sq. Backyard, UFC returns to the enduring venue with an occasion headlined by two extremely anticipated championship matchups. In the principle occasion, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya appears to be like to settle the rating with former kickboxing foe and No. 5 ranked contender Alex Pereira. Within the co-main occasion, UFC girls’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza intends to defend her newly received title for the primary time in opposition to former champion and No. 2 ranked contender Zhang Weili.
UFC® 281: ADESANYA vs. PEREIRA takes place Sat., November 12 at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis with the principle card at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ PPV. The prelims shall be seen on ESPNNEWS, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the evening’s motion beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT with Early Prelims on ESPN+ (English and Spanish) and UFC Combat Cross.
UFC® 281: ADESANYA vs. PEREIRA tickets will go on sale Fri., August 26 at 10 a.m. ET and can be found for buy at ticketmaster.com and msg.com. Ticket gross sales are restricted to eight (8) per particular person. UFC Combat Membership® members could have the chance to buy tickets Wed., August 24 at 10 a.m. ET through the web site www.ufcfightclub.com. A particular Web ticket pre-sale shall be obtainable to UFC e-newsletter subscribers Thurs., August 25 beginning at 10 a.m. ET. To entry this presale, customers should register for the UFC e-newsletter by UFC.com.
Reigning middleweight king Adesanya (23-1, preventing out of Auckland, New Zealand) plans to ship one other assertion efficiency in his second MSG look. Arguably the most well-liked champion within the UFC as we speak, he has established himself as one of the expert strikers to ever compete in MMA with wins over former champions Robert Whittaker (twice) and Anderson Silva, in addition to Derek Brunson, Marvin Vettori and Paulo Costa. Adesanya now seeks to avenge a pair of kickboxing losses to Pereira and show he’s one of the best martial artist on the planet.
Pereira (6-1, preventing out of Danbury, Conn. by the use of Sao Paulo, Brazil) goals to take advantage of his first UFC title alternative. A former Glory kickboxing middleweight and lightweight heavyweight champion, he has burst onto the MMA scene with spectacular finishes over Sean Strickland and Andreas Michailidis. Pereira now has his sights set on exhibiting that he’s one of the best striker in MMA by defeating Adesanya as soon as once more and claiming 185-gold.
Two-time UFC strawweight champion Esparza (20-6, preventing out of Irvine, Calif.) appears to be like to start out her new marketing campaign on the prime with a dominant victory. Presently on a six-fight win streak, Esparza fought her manner again to the title with notable wins over Yan Xiaonan, Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson. She now expects to safe her first profitable title protection by neutralizing Zhang.
Former title holder Zhang (22-3, preventing out of Beijing, China) seeks to regain her misplaced crown and cement herself as top-of-the-line fighters in MMA. The primary and solely Chinese language champion in UFC historical past, she has entertained followers with victories over Joanna Jedrzejczyk (twice), Jessica Andrade and Jessica Aguilar. Zhang now plans so as to add one other UFC champion to her resume by vanquishing Esparza.
Extra bouts on the cardboard embody:
- Former mild heavyweight title challenger and No. 7 ranked contender Dominick Reyes (12-3, preventing out of Victorville, Calif.) returns to motion in opposition to No. 12 ranked Ryan Spann (22-7, preventing out of Beaumont, Texas)
- No. 12 ranked girls’s flyweight Erin Blachfield (9-1, preventing out of Elmwood Park, NJ) appears to be like to halt the momentum of streaking No. 15 ranked Molly McCann (13-4, preventing out of Liverpool, England)
- Fan favourite Karolina Kowalkiewicz (14-7, preventing out of Lodz, Poland) meets Silvana Gomez Juarez (7-4, preventing out of Tucuman, Argentina) in a girls’s strawweight bout
- An thrilling light-weight bout sees Matt Frevola (9-3-1, preventing out of Lengthy Island, N.Y.) lock horns with Ottman Azaitar (13-0, preventing out of Rabat, Morocco)
- The Final Fighter season 27 winner Michael Trizano (10-3, preventing out of Ramsey, N.J.) battles SeungWoo Choi (10-5, preventing out of Seoul, South Korea) at featherweight
For the most recent info on extra bouts for this occasion, please go to www.ufc.com. All bouts are dwell and topic to vary. Please click on right here to use for the occasion.
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