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Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira Odds: 72% of Bets on Pereira To Become New Middleweight Champion at UFC 281

72% of the recent bets are on Alex Pereira to defeat Israel Adesanya and become the new UFC Middleweight Champion at UFC 281.
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Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira Odds: 72% of Bets on Pereira To Become New Middleweight Champion at UFC 281

The UFC Middleweight Championship will be on the line at The World's Most Famous Arena on Saturday night when longtime division king, Israel Adesanya defends his 185-pound title against a man who's beaten him twice (albeit in Kickboxing) and relative UFC-newcomer, Alex Pereira.

Let's take a closer look at what's perhaps the biggest trilogy bout in UFC history, which goes down during the main event of UFC 281.

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Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira Start Time, Where To Watch, and Odds

  • When: Saturday, November 12, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 PM EDT/7:00 p.m. PDT
  • Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
  • Where to Watch: PPV

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Israel Adesanya (23-1)

'The Stylebender' is no stranger to dangerous Brazilian striker, Alex Pereira. Israel Adesanya retired from the sport of kickboxing following his second loss to the aforementioned Pereira back in 2017, which allowed Izzy fully focus on his MMA career, where he was 9-0 at the time of his retirement from the sport of kickboxing. Since directing his focus solely on Mixed Martial Arts, Adesanya hasn't only compiled a 14-1 record, including an unblemished 13-0 mark when competing in his native weight class of 185-pounds. The Nigerian champion has defeated the likes of Anderson Silva, Robert Whittaker (twice), Marvin Vettori (twice), Yoel Romero, Kelvin Gastelum, Derek Brunson, Paulo Costa, and most recently, Jared Cannonier at UFC 276.

While not holding many (if any) statistical advantages over his Brazilian counterpart, Adesanya can lean on a very specific aspect of his game that Pereira simply cannot compete with and that's utilizing the wealth of experience. Adesanya has competed in more UFC Championship bouts (8) than Pereira has professional MMA victories (six). Despite being one of, if not the best pure striker in all of the UFC, Adesanya may look to mix it up and perhaps drag this one to the mat due to Pereira's novice ground skills compared to his high-level, elite standup prowess.

Despite being knocked out by Pereira in the pair's second bout, Adesanya was thoroughly dominating the Brazilian contender before being caught with a thunderous shot late by Pereira. Perhaps the current 185-pound king would be keen to go back and pick up where he left off before the knockout shot from Pereira and clean up the lack of defense in which got him caught back in 2017.

Alex Pereira (6-1)

Looking for his third and most important victory over Adesanya, the Brazilian-born, Alex Pereira burst onto the UFC scene late last year. Pereira would viciously knock out Andreas Machailidis at UFC 268 before defeating his fellow countryman, Bruno Silva via unanimous decision just a handful of months later. Pereira most recently secured the biggest win of his young professional Mixed Martial Arts career, as he blitzed top-five contender Sean Strickland via knockout at UFC 276.

If Pereira were to knock off Adesanya for a third (and possibly final) time, he'll undoubtedly want to keep this one on the feet, as the Brazilian contender holds a sizable 6.29 to 3.93 significant strikes landed per minute advantage over his longtime foe.

Prior to Pereira's knockout blow against Adesanya in their second bout, Adesanya was clearly winning the bout on points, so while he holds two wins over 'The Stylebender', there's still plenty of work to do for Pereira if he's to make it 3-0 against the current champion and claim UFC gold in tonight's main event.

Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira Betting Data

FighterOdds% of Bets
Israel Adesanya (C)-21027.73%
Alex Pereira+19472.27%

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