UFC 281 Adesanya vs. Pereira: How to Watch, Live Stream, Start Times, Fight card, TV Coverage and more

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Welcome to UFC 281, which will likely be the final massive UFC program of 2022. UFC 281 is not a PPV you can afford to miss, with a headlining to die for and an undercard full of fascinating bouts.

Israel Adesanya is at the top of the card. He defends his UFC middleweight title against a surging Alex Pereira, one of the UFC’s brightest stars. Adesanya, who is generally unbeatable, may have a little gap in his armor this time. Pereira has defeated Adesanya twice in kickboxing matches, even though he is currently unbeaten at middleweight.

Aside from that fight, UFC 281 is loaded. Carla Esparza will face Zhang Weili in the second title battle. Esparza just won the UFC strawweight title against Rose Namajunas in one of the worst fights I’ve ever seen, but this fight will likely be different. Zhang Weili is likely to go full more beserk mode here. Esparza is likely to get steamrolled.

Aside from that, we have a particular banger in Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler. Frankie Edgar, the famous boxer, will also retire against Chris Gutierrez.

UFC 281 Adesanya vs. Pereira How to watch Live:

ESPN has joined forces with the UFC. That’s excellent news for the UFC and the growth of the MMA sport, but it’s horrible news for consumers. Especially if you’re a UFC fan, who wants to watch UFC in the United States.

If you want to know how to watch UFC 281, you’ll only be able to do it on pay-per-view through ESPN Plus in the United States. The pricing structure is a little perplexing, but here are your options for watching UFC on ESPN, according to ESPN’s website:

Existing ESPN Plus yearly subscribers can purchase the upcoming UFC card for $75.
For $100, new ESPN Plus members can get one UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) plus an ESPN Plus annual recurring subscription. This is a good deal. After one year, the ESPN Plus annual membership will auto-renew at the price of an ESPN Plus annual subscription at the time of auto-renewal.
You can perform all of the above by clicking on the link below.

MMA fans in the United Kingdom can watch UFC 281 exclusively on BT Sport.

If you live in Australia, you have additional possibilities. UFC 281 is available on Foxtel Main Event. You can also stream for AU$55 through Kayo. You can even place your purchase using your PlayStation or the UFC app on your Xbox. I usually buy from the UFC website directly.

MMA fans will finally see a bout they have been waiting for when Israel Adesanya defends his UFC middleweight title against Alex Pereira on Saturday night.

With two successful title defenses earlier this year, Adesanya confirmed himself as the premier fighter at 185 pounds, but his undefeated record at middleweight may now be jeopardized.

Pereira defeated his opponent twice as a kickboxer, once by knockout and once by decision, but can he replicate that performance inside the Octagon?

Here’s everything you need to know about Adesanya vs. Pereira at UFC 281.

Where is the UFC 281 Adesanya vs. Pereira:

The fight takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York.

UFC 281 Start time

The UFC 281 main card starts at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on Nov. 12. Here are all the details from multiple time zones.


  • The main card starts Nov. 12, 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST).
  • The prelims start Nov. 12, 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST).
  • The early prelims start Nov. 12, 6 p.m. EST (3 p.m. PST).


  • The main card starts Nov. 13, 3 a.m. GMT.
  • The prelims start Nov. 13, 1 a.m. GMT.
  • The early prelims start Nov. 12, 11 p.m. GMT.


  • The main card starts Nov. 13, 2 p.m. AEDT.
  • The prelims start Nov. 13, 12 p.m. AEDT.
  • The early prelims start Nov. 13, 10 a.m. AEDT.

The main card will begin at 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. GMT, with the main event cagewalks beginning at 1 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. GMT. Because of the duration of the undercard fights, these times may alter.

UFC 281 Full fight card:

Main card

  • Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira
  • Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili
  • Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler
  • Frankie Edgar vs. Chris Gutierrez
  • Dan Hooker vs. Claudio Puelles


  • Brad Riddell vs. Renato Moicano
  • Dominick Reyes vs. Ryan Spann
  • Erin Blanchfield vs. Molly McCann
  • Andre Petroski vs. Wellington Turman

Early prelims

  • Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez
  • Michael Trizano vs. Seungwoo Choi
  • Julio Arce vs. Montel Jackson
  • Carlos Ulberg vs. Nicolae Negumereanu

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