UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira (35, Brazil) welcomes Israel Adesanya (33, New Zealand) as a challenger in the first defense of the title. The return match will be held in the main event of UFC 287 on April 9 (Korean time).
UFC President Dana White announced the final matchup for the middleweight title through the UFC YouTube channel on the 28th.
On November 13 last year, at UFC 281, Pereira defeated Adesanya by TKO in 2 minutes and 1 second in the fifth round to claim the championship belt. Meeting Adesanya again after 5 months.
Pereira has an absolute advantage over Adesanya. He is winning both the 1st and 2nd fights in kickboxing and the 1st fight in mixed martial arts. If you win until the fourth confrontation, you can collapse Adesanya into a ‘cong line’.
Former champion Adesanya will have to risk life and death. We need to prove that Ferreira is not a food chain nemesis. If he fails to beat Pereira this time, he will be in a similar position to Max Holloway, who lost three times to UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.
Pereira is a stone fist striker from the middleweight and light heavyweight champions of the global kickboxing organization Glory. He debuted in mixed martial arts in 2015 and went 3 wins and 1 loss entirely. Mixed martial arts record 7 wins 1 loss. 먹튀검증
Adesanya is also a former kickboxer. He entered the UFC in 2018 and beat Robert Whitaker, Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa, Jared Cannoneer, Marvin Vettori, Kelvin Gastelum, and Anderson Silva to stand at the peak, but came down from the throne with the appearance of Ferreira. He has a record of 23 wins and 2 losses.
White has not announced a location for UFC 287. However, the welterweight fight between Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal, the welterweight fight between Kevin Holland and Santiago Ponzinibio, the bantamweight fight between Raul Rosas Jr. and Christian Rodriguez, the bantamweight fight between Rob Font and Adrian Yanes, and the Joe against Gerald Muschat. Piper’s middleweight match and other bold matches were first released.
Gilbert Burns (36, Brazil) lost by decision to Hamzat Chimaev at UFC 273 in April of last year, but showed off his strength by easily catching Neil Magny with an arm triangle choke at UFC 283 on the 22nd.
Jorge Masvidal (38, USA) returns to the Octagon after 1 year and 1 month after losing a decision to Colby Covington, his best friend at UFC 272 last March. Including the two consecutive losses suffered by Kamaru Usman, they are currently on a three-game winning streak, so they must catch Burns to escape the crisis.
The fight between the two will be the co-main event of UFC 287.