UFC 287: Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya to face off in a historic main event

March 21, 2023
From: Spartacus

Two well-known contenders are scheduled for the preliminary matches on the complete UFC pay-per-view programme, which has been officially announced.

All eyes will be on the UFC’s following numbered event after a historic journey across the Atlantic last weekend for the first pay-per-view hosted in the United Kingdom since 2016.

The MMA champion will make his first trip back to Miami in twenty years at the April 8 event, which will be historic like UFC 286.

The UFC Middleweight Champion Alex Pereira will square off against the former champion of the class, Israel Adesanya, in the promotion’s fitting main event, which will take place at UFC 287.

UFC 287 is anticipated by many in the MMA scene to be one of the greatest combat sports events of 2023.

The highly anticipated bout between current UFC middleweight title Alex Pereira and former middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will serve as the main event of the UFC 287 card.

The upcoming battle between Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya will be their second encounter in MMA and fourth overall in combat sports. Both MMA and kickboxing matches between them have already taken place. 

In the co-main event, former UFC welterweight championship contenders Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal will square off in a crucial welterweight fight. While Masvidal’s victory could help him rebound to the top of the welterweight classification after a string of defeats in recent years, ‘Durinho’s’ victory is thought to give him a chance at a welterweight title fight. 

Some well-known stars are relegated to the preliminary card in the other three matches that have been announced for the PPV. There will also be a number of other intriguing matches at UFC 287. This features the highly anticipated welterweight match between Kevin Holland and Santiago Ponzinibbio, the bantamweight fight between Rob Font and Adrian Yanez, and many other fights.

Some of the anticipated matches at UFC 287, which will take place on April 8, 2023, at the Miami-Dade Arena in Miami, Florida, USA, are listed below:

  • Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira for the middleweight championship
  • Gilbert Burns vs. Jorge Masvidal at welterweight
  • Adrian Yanez vs. Rob Font at bantamweight
  • Kevin Holland vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio at welterweight
  • Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Christian Rodriguez at bantamweight
  • Chris Curtis vs. Kelvin Gastelum at middleweight
  • Michael Chiesa vs. Li Jingliang at welterweight
  • Women’s strawweight competition: Luana Pinheiro vs. Michelle Waterson
  • Chase Sherman vs. Chris Barnett at heavyweight
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Joe Pyfer at middleweight
  • Lupita Godinez and Cynthia Calvillo compete in a strawweight match.
  • Javier Bahamondes vs. Nikolas Motta at light heavyweight
  • Shayilan Nuerdanbieke vs. Steve Garcia at featherweight
  • Sam Hughes vs. Jacqueline Amorim at strawweight

Regarding Alex Pereira vs. Israel Adesanya at UFC 287, Jon Jones makes a foreboding prediction.

Over the past few years, Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones have sparred, with both UFC superstars hurling numerous insults at one another.

Before winning the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 285 earlier this month, “Bones” commented on his longstanding rival’s matchup with Alex Pereira.

The news that “Poatan” defeated Israel Adesanya twice in kickboxing and once in MMA was mentioned by Jon Jones in an interview with MMA Junkie. According to “Bones,” Pereira is Adesanya’s weakness. Jones predicted that Pereira would triumph over “Izzy” at UFC 287.

“I believe Pereira’s going to win again. There’s some athletes that just have other athlete’s numbers. He works hard and I’m rooting for him. I believe he’s going to do it again.”

At UFC 287, Israel Adesanya provides a preview of his forthcoming fight with Alex Pereira

Israel Adesanya typically gets in the mood for battle by becoming completely engrossed in a particular theme. He is inspired to battle by “The Last Stylebender” using an approach akin to method acting.

After successfully defending the middleweight crown five times prior to UFC 281, Adesanya was defeated by Alex Pereira. Furthermore, Pereira has two wins over Adesanya in kickboxing.

Against Pereira at UFC 287, which is slated for April 8, 2023, at the Miami-Dade Arena in Miami, Florida, USA, Adesanya will have a chance to atone for his transgressions. Adesanya is approaching the contest with a hunter’s mentality now that his position as a contender has been restored.

Adesanya narrated a dramatic advertisement for his clothing brand Engage:

“The game is not over. It’s the hunting season. You can run, but you can’t hide. The hunted now becomes the hunter.”

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