UFC 281 takes place in the early hours of Sunday morning (UK time) with Israel Adesanya defending his middleweight title against Alex Pereira in the main event at Madison Square Garden.
UFC 281 Betting Tips & Predictions
Israel Adesanya v Alex Pereira UFC 281 Betting Offer, Tips & Predictions
Israel Adesanya makes his sixth defence of his UFC middleweight title when he battles Alex Pereira at UFC 281 in New York.
Adesanya has only ever tasted one defeat as a professional and that was when he moved up to light heavyweight to challenge Jan Blachowicz.
The Last Stylebender was beaten on points at UFC 259 and immediately returned to his middleweight division. Since that loss he has won three fights. He has defeated Marvin Vettori, Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier – all by unanimous decision – and will be looking to record his 24th professional victory.
Brazilian Pereira will not be overawed by Adesanya. He is a quality fighter with a kickboxing background – like Adesanya. He has only had seven fights as a professional and has a record of six wins and one defeat.
His only defeat was his first fight at Jungle Fight 82 when he was submitted by Quemuel Ottoni. This will be his fourth fight at UFC, he has won all three of his bouts against Andreas Michailidis, Bruno Silva and Sean Strickland.
For Pereira to win this fight he will need to knock the champion out – and I cannot see that happening. Adesanya will be too quick, and Pereira will find it difficult to drop him. Adesanya has won eight fights by decision, and I am backing him to make it nine.
This will be a quality and brutal fight, but Adesanya will win with all three judges and keep hold of his title.
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