We have arrived at fight week for UFC 281. And with it, the release of the Countdown series.
The show spotlights the main bouts for the event, which takes place Saturday night from Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs live on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
In that headline fight, Israel Adesanya defends his middleweight title against Alex Pereira. Outside of the Octagon, it is Pereira who owns two win over Adesanya.
However, when it comes to inside the Octagon, Adesanya is the reigning champion and regarded as one of the best in the world.
Along with that title fight, Carla Esparza defends her strawweight belt against former champion Zhang Weili. The main card, and Countdown series, will also include Dustin Poirier battling Michael Chandler.
Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira for UFC middleweight title
UFC 281 Countdown previews the much anticipated main event title fight between middleweight king Israel Adesanya who is set to battle former kickboxing rival Alex Pereira in a matchup you will not want to miss! The UFC 281 main card kicks off at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Saturday, November 12.
Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili for UFC strawweight title
UFC 281 Countdown previews the strawweight co-main event title matchup between current division queen Carla Esparza and former champ Zhang Weili who is on a mission to regain the title. The UFC 281 main card kicks off at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Saturday, November 12.
Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler
UFC 281 Countdown previews the featured main card matchup as Dustin Poirier is set to clash with Michael Chandler in a lightweight division battle that is sure to be fireworks! The UFC 281 main card kicks off at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Saturday, November 12.