Israel Adesanya to defend middleweight title vs. Alex Pereira in UFC 281 headliner

The UFC has its Madison Square Garden main event. Israel Adesanya will defend his UFC middleweight title against old rival Alex Pereira in the headliner of UFC 281 on Nov. 12 in New York, Adesanya announced Friday on SportsCenter. Pereira owns two wins over Adesanya in kickboxing, including one via knockout. ESPN has Adesanya ranked … Read more

Alex Pereira ‘sad’ by Adesanya win, vows to ‘make him fight’

LAS VEGAS – Alex Pereira won’t allow his title clash with Israel Adesanya to be anything short of exciting. Adesanya (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) was showered with criticism from fight fans after a relatively uneventful unanimous decision title defense over Jared Cannonier in Saturday’s UFC 276 main event at T-Mobile Arena. Regardless, he retained the … Read more

Israel Adesanya issues $3 million challenge for steroid proof

LAS VEGAS – Israel Adesanya may have brushed off steroid charges at the time, but it turns out he didn’t take them lightly after all. Gynecomastia is a medical condition that sometimes occurs as a result of steroid use. So when UFC 253 opponent Paulo Costa and other MMA fans began to call out Adesanya’s … Read more