At the onset of the week, the UFC betting card for Saturday Night is overloaded with star power. Madison Square Garden is known as the World’s Most Famous Arena. And it will live up to billing for UFC 281. There are two championship fights on the main card. The headliner is the middleweight title bout between defending champion Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira. In comparison, the other title bout is a women’s strawweight matchup between defending champion Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili. Additionally, we get top lightweight contenders Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler in a showdown. ESPN+ will deliver.
UFC 281 – Adesanya vs. Pereira
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022, 10 p.m. ET
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York
UFC TV Coverage: ESPN+
UFC 281 Odds: C-Israel Adesanya -165 vs. #4 Alex Pereira +140, C-Carla Esparza TBD vs. #2 Zhang Weili TBD, #2 Dustin Poirier -175 vs. #5 Michael Chandler +150, #12 Frankie Edgar +175 vs. Chris Gutierrez -205, #12 Dan Hooker -155 vs. Claudio Puelles +135
Adesanya Makes 6th Title Defense Against Pereira
Israel Adesanya has a career record of 23 wins and one loss. And that one sportsbook defeat was a light heavyweight championship bout against Jan Blachowicz. Adesanya has successfully defended his middleweight title six times.
By contrast, Alex Pereira has a career UFC bets record of six wins and one loss. He is riding a six-bout winning streak. Saturday night will mark Pereira’s first championship fight opportunity.
Last time out for Pereira was a 1st-round knockout win over Sean Strickland on July 2, 2022. UFC 276 from Las Vegas, Nevada, was the venue. On March 12, 2022, Pereira won a unanimous decision against Bruno Silva. UFC Fight Night from Las Vegas, Nevada, was the event. And on November 6, 2021, Pereira scored a 2nd-round MMA betting win by knockout over Andreas Michailidis. UFC 268 from New York City was the venue.
Last time out for Isreal Adesanya was a unanimous decision win over Jared Cannonier on July 2, 2022. UFC 276 from Las Vegas, Nevada, was the Online sportsbook venue. Adesanya successfully defended his UFC middleweight championship. On February 12, 2022, Adesanya won a unanimous decision against Robert Whittaker. UFC 271 from Houston, Texas, was the event. And the UFC middleweight title was on the line.
Previously on June 12, 2021, Israel Adesanya won a unanimous decision against Marvin Vettori. UFC 263 on June 12, 2021, was the venue. Adesanya defended his UFC middleweight championship.
Esparza to Make First Title Defense
Overall, Carla Esparza has a career record of 19 wins and six losses. Esparza is riding a six-bout winning streak. Esparza is coming off a split-decision win over Rose Namajunas on May 7, 2022. As a result, Esparza won the women’s strawweight title. On May 22, 2021, Esparza won a 2nd-round knockout against Xan Xiaonan. Esparza was awarded Fight of the Night honors. And then, on July 26, 2020, Esparza won a split decision against Marina Rodriguez. UFC on ESPN from Abu Dhabi was the venue.
Zhang Weili has a career record of 22 wins and three losses. She is a former strawweight champion. Last time out, Weili won a 2nd-round knockout against Joanna Jedrzejczyk on June 11, 2022. UFC 275 from Singapore was the event.
On November 6, 2021, Weili lost a split decision to Rose Namajunas. The fight was for the UFC women’s strawweight title. UFC 268 from New York was the event. Previously, Weili lost to Namajunas in a 1st-round knockout on April 24, 2021. UFC 261 from Jacksonville, Florida, was the venue. That fight was for the UFC Strawweight title. Weili was the defending champion in that bout. She had defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a split decision to win the championship on March 7, 2020.
UFC 281 CashBet Free Picks
On this occasion, both challengers will combine a good price with championship ability.
UFC 281 CashBet Best Bet
Israel Adesanya and Carla Esparza
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