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UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has a daunting night ahead of him, as the white-hot Alex Pereira looks to take home his first UFC belt at UFC 281. To make things more interesting, Adesanya and Pereira have met twice before in professional kickboxing matches — and Pereira won both times.
Needless to say, UFC 281 is shaping up to be a blockbuster. Read on for a complete guide on how to watch UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira online on ESPN+ tonight, and scroll down further for details on the fight start time, odds, and exciting undercard lineup including Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler and Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili.
How to Watch UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira Online
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When is UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira? Date, Time, Location
UFC 281 is happening tonight, Saturday, Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, with Adesanya vs. Pereira expected to begin around 12:15 a.m. ET / 9:15 p.m. PT.
How to Get Tickets to UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira
If you’re in the NYC area, forget streaming Adesanya vs. Pereira online and pick up tickets to see the buzzy fight in person. Tickets can still be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, with prices starting at $404, as of writing.
UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira Odds, Card
Adesanya and Pereira’s history isn’t the only reason why fans are so excited about UFC 281. The headlining duo is also well-matched with moneyline odds of -230 for Adesanya and +184 for Pereira (FanDuel).
However, Adesanya does not see the fight as an equal match-up. “He’s very one-dimensional. He’s early on in this game as well so I’m even glad to get him now,” Adesanya told ESPN. “I definitely know he’s not as smart as me in the cage. I know that for a fact.”
Pereira is relatively new to the UFC — especially to be given a shot at a title — having made his debut in November of last year with a knockout win against Andreas Michailidis. This year, Pereira took on Bruno Silva in UFC Fight Night 203 and Sean Strickland in UFC 276. Pereira bested both fighters, and even garnered a Performance of the Night award for knocking out Strickland.
At a tense press conference on Friday, Pereira came in loud, sporting an unbuttoned leopard print jacket. Pereira provoked Adesanya, saying his knockout win over the Nigerian-New Zealander in 2017 “screwed his mind,” and asking Adesanya “Do you really want to be here?”
Adesanya retorted, saying he’s running laps around the UFC middleweight division: “For me, I’ve pretty much cleaned out the division and now I’m lapping it again. So I cleared the way.” And Adesanya has a point: he’s successfully defended his belt five times since taking it from Robert Whittaker in 2019.
Pereira and Adesanya’s first kickboxing bout together came in 2016, and saw Izzy lose by unanimous decision. But it was a close fight, and many of Adesanya’s fans maintain that Izzy was the real victor.
Besides Adesanya vs. Pereira, there’s a handful of other exciting fights going down before the headliners enter the octagon — most notably, a women’s strawweight championship fight between Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili, as well as a match between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. Here’s the full main card for UFC 281:
Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Alex Pereira — UFC middleweight title
Carla Esparza (c) vs. Zhang Weili — UFC strawweight title
Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler — Lightweights
Frankie Edgar vs. Chris Gutierrez — bantamweights
Dan Hooker vs. Claudio Puelles — Lightweights