The UFC will return to Miami on Saturday, April 8, for the rematch of Alex Pereira against Israel Adesanya in the UFC’s middleweight title fight at the Miami-Dade Arena. This was announced by the UFC on Saturday.
UFC 287, will feature Miami’s star Jorge Masvidal taking on Gilbert Burns, a Florida-based welterweight. The co-main event will be televised live via pay-per view.
The UFC’s first event in Miami was held in April 2003,. Matt Hughes won his 170-pound title against Sean Sherk.
“Poatan” and “The Last Stylebender” will rematch five months after the Brazilian came back to win the 185-pound title via fifth-round knockout in New York, going 3-0 against Adesanya in MMA and kickboxing.
Burns has been campaigning for this matchup for many months, and finally gets it shortly after a first-round win over Neil Magny in his native Brazil. Masvidal, on the other hand, is in desperate need for a win after dropping his last three to Kamaru Usman (twice) and Colby Covington.
The card currently includes Kevin Holland vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio, Kelvin Gastelum vs. Chris Curtis, Michael Chiesa vs. Li Jingliang, and Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Christian Rodriguez.