Video of the ‘UFC 281 Countdown’


The ‘UFC 281Countdown’ video shows the most anticipated fights at Madison Square Garden, New York on Saturday.

In the main event, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya — No. 1 at 185 pounds in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings and No. 2 in the Pound-for-Pound rankings — takes on a man who has twice defeated him in kickboxing, the thrilling Alex Pereira. Pereira won the last fight with “The Last Stylebender” and walked away from the ring. Now, the Brazilian superstar seeks to end Adesanya’s long run of successful title defenses.

The co-main event will see former champion Zhang Weili and strawweight champion Carla Esparza meet. Esparza, the inaugural titleholder at 115 pounds currently in her second reign, is currently the underdog according to the oddsmakers, and she seeks not only to retain her title, but to gain a modicum of respect.

The lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier (favorite) and Michael Chandler is also featured on Countdown. With both men looking to stay afloat in one of MMA’s most loaded divisions, nothing short of a Fight of the Year contender is expected.

You can watch the full UFC 281 countdown video above.