Alex Pereira vs Israel Adesanya middleweight title rematch gets booked for UFC 287

Israel Adesanya of New Zealand lost his UFC middleweight title in the main event of UFC 281 to his old rival Alex Pereira via TKO in the fifth round.

After losing the title and appearing in the MMA Hour show, The Last Styleblender expressed his desire to fight the Brazilian again to settle his previous debt, and the Nigerian-born fighter also cited that he would fight twice even after the rematch.

“I’ll watch the fight again. I haven’t watched the fight again, but I don’t think I’m going to fixate on it, because it’s not one of these things that’s like, ‘Oh, goddamn it!’ I’ll fight him again. I’ll probably fight him two more times.”

Pereira also had the same wish to take down Adesanya again,

“I’ll fight him, that’s no problem. If there are two guys. Adesanya and some other guy, I’d pick Adesanya, if I’m being honest. I’m not picking another guy just not to give Adesanya the chance. If he really wants it, then he’s next.”

And now the official announcement of this duo facing each other came to daylight as UFC president Dana White announced that Adesanya and Pereira will square off against each other at the main event of UFC 287.

UFC 287 will take place on April 8, 2023, in Miami, but the venue has not been announced yet.

Announced lineups of UFC 287 

Middleweight title bout:

Alex Pereira vs. Israel Adesanya

Welterweight bout:

Gilbert Burns vs. Jorge Masvidal

Welterweight bout:

Kevin Holland vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Bantamweight bout:

Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Christian Rodriguez

Bantamweight bout:

Rob Font vs. Adrian Yanez

Middleweight bout:

Gerald Meerschaert vs. Joe Pyfer

Featherweight bout: 

Shayilan Nuerdanbieke vs. Steve Garcia

Lightweight bout: 

Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Nikolas Motta

Middleweight bout: 

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Chris Curtis

Women’s Strawweight bout:

Cynthia Calvillo vs. Lupita Godinez

Women’s Strawweight bout: 

Michelle Waterson vs. Luana Pinheiro


Saifullah Nayem

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Business undergrad and has been a culer since childhood, currently working as a combat sportswriter at SportsZion. Aside from sports, he is passionate about marketing and business-related activities.


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