UFC 281 LIVE: Adesanya vs Pereira – Latest Fight Updates

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Israel Adesanya will defend his middleweight title tonight against Alex Pereira in the UFC 281 main event at Madison Square Garden, as the champion looks to avenge two kickboxing defeats from his challenger.

Adesanya is undefeated at middleweight in mixed martial arts, his only professional loss came when he challenged for light heavyweight gold last year. But the Nigerian-born New Zealander’s kickboxing career has entailed some losses, with Brazilian Pereira beating Adesanya in 2016 and knocking out the “Last Stylebender” in 2017. Pereira, 35, is 6-1 in MMA and has won five of those fights. via knockout as they speed up to a title shot in New York City tonight.

In the co-main event, Carla Esparza begins her second reign as women’s strawweight champion with a title defense against Zhang Weili, who held the title between 2019 and 2021. In her final appearance, Chinese fighter icon Joanna defeated Jedrzejczyk with a twisting elbow. , while Esparza defeated Zhang’s recent rival Rose Namajunas to claim the gold. In the other fight of the night, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler meet in a huge lightweight fight. Follow live round-by-round updates from the UFC 281 main map and prelims, below.

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Alex PattleNov 13, 2022 3:45 AM

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This next fight could be an emotional one; former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar fights for the last time against Chris Gutierrez in a bantamweight bout.

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Hooker said he was aiming for a spot on the UFC 284 map in Perth, Australia, in February.

The UFC confirmed earlier tonight that featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will challenge lightweight title holder Islam Makhachev on that card.

Volkanovski will fight on home turf as the Australian takes on the Russian.

Alex PattleNov 13, 2022 3:41 AM

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Dan Hooker def. Claudio Puelles via TKO in the second round (body kick, 4:06).

Alex PattleNov 13, 2022 03:36

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Hooker vs Puelles – Round 2

The commentary team says Puelles was on the wrong end of an eye poke earlier in the round…

Whore with a filthy teep kick to the body! Puelles breathes heavily, he continues to fall to the mat, while Hooker beckons him every time…

And the fight is called off! The damage to the body is too great!

Alex PattleNov 13, 2022 03:35

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Hooker vs Puelles – Round 2

Hooker steps back to avoid an attempt to take down Puelles, who then absorbs a right hand!

Again he fails with an attempt at removal, and this time Hooker connects with a left hook.

Puelles now tries to knock down with one leg and he drives Hooker to the fence. Hooker keeps the Peruvian at bay with a guillotine attempt, forcing Puelles to let go.

Once again, Puelles is unable to complete a takedown attempt on one leg.

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Hooker vs Puelles – Round 1

Puelles starts in a left-handed stance. Hooker gives a few kicks to the inside early on.

Hooker attempts a forward kick to the body but is just out of reach. He is the fighter who pushes forward, but in a measured way.

Puelles with an Imanari roll to drag Hooker down! He goes for a leg lock, but Hooker reverses the effort into a body triangle on the mat…

Hooker fires a few punches, but he needs to focus on his leg! Puelles has extended it!

Hooker remains calm and is eventually able to break free and stand up! Puelles fails with a second Imanari roll attempt, before being cracked with a right cross.

Alex PattleNovember 13, 2022 03:28

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Hooker’s City Kickboxing teammate Carlos Ulberg won via first-round knockout earlier tonight, before Brad Riddell lost via first-round submission.

Can Hooker get his team back in the winning column for Adesanya’s fight?

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Hooker (21-12) is 1-4 in his last five, and his last appearance was a return to featherweight when he lost to Arnold Allen at the Brit’s home ground in London in March.

Alex PattleNovember 13, 2022 03:21