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UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira – Full Fight Card, Start Time & How to Watch



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Stars Zhang Weili, Israel Adesanya and Dustin Poirier will compete at UFC 281. Photo via USA Today Sports

On November 12, the UFC returns to New York’s classic Madison Square Garden for one of the most anticipated events of the autumn.

In the main event, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will square off against his rival Alex Pereira, who holds two previous kickboxing wins over Adesanya.

“Beating him, that’s what matters. Like, the belt, fuck the belt. Just beating him, a killer like him, that’s what matters,” Adesanya recently said about the fight.

The fight will mark the champion’s sixth title defense since he unified the UFC middleweight championship at UFC 243 in October 2019.

Strawweight title fight

In the strawweight co-main event, two-time champion Carla Esparza will defend her strap against former champion Zhang Weili. Esparza won the title back in May when she defeated Rose Namajunas.

The main card also holds a featured fight between top ranked lightweights Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. The winner of the exciting grudge match puts himself in a good position for a future title bout.

In the UFC 281 prelims we will see fan favorite Molly “Meatball” McCann return to face Erin Blanchfield in a highly interesting women’s flyweight fight.

Check out the entire fight card below!

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UFC 281 – Full Fight Card

Main Card

  • Middleweight title fight: Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira
  • Strawweight title fight: Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili
  • Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler
  • Bantamweight: Frankie Edgar vs. Chris Gutierrez
  • Lightweight: Dan Hooker vs. Claudio Puelles


  • Lightweight: Brad Riddell vs. Renato Moicano
  • Light heavyweight: Dominick Reyes vs. Ryan Spann
  • Women’s flyweight: Erin Blanchfield vs. Molly McCann
  • Middleweight: Wellington Turman vs. Andre Petroski

Early prelims

  • Women’s strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez
  • Featherweight: Michael Trizano vs. Seung Woo Choi
  • Lightweight: Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
  • Bantamweight: Montel Jackson vs. Julio Arce
  • Light heavyweight: Carlos Ulberg vs. Nicolae Negumereanu

*Bout order and number of fights can change.

How to watch in Sweden and US

Sweden: UFC Fight Pass streams the prelims with start 0.00 CET. Viaplay broadcasts the main card with start 04.00 CET.

US: The early prelims start 6 p.m. EST (3 p.m. PST) on UF Fight Pass/ESPN+. The prelims starts 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST) on ESPNEWS/ESPN+. The main card starts 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST) on ESPN+ PPV.

Read more: UFC stars and experts predicts Adesanya vs. Pereira: “Bad night for Izzy again”

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