UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira prediction, odds, picks, times: Best fight card bets from an MMA expert


Alex Pereira is one of the few men to have defeated Israel Adesanya in a fight, but the stakes are much higher when the former rivals meet on Saturday in the main event of UFC 281 from Madison Square Garden. Adesanya, the middleweight champion, will make the sixth defense of his title against No. 4-ranked Pereira at the end of a double-header to close New York’s main pay-per-view (10 p.m. ET) card. Town. Both fighters were professional kickboxers before moving into mixed martial arts. Pereira beat Adesanya twice, including once by knockout, and rose through the ranks of the UFC for his first title shot against his longtime foe.

Adesanya is a -230 favorite (risk $230 to win $100), while Pereira returns to +190 in the latest Caesars Sportsbook MMA odds for UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira. In the co-main event, strawweight champion Carla Esparza (+280) defends her belt against former champion Zhang Weili (-360). Before you settle on your own selections for UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira, be sure to check out SportsLine expert Kyle Marley’s MMA predictions and betting tips.

Marley won the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on several MMA betting and daily fantasy shows. He watches every fight for every pro MMA card and does extensive research before every event.

Over the past three-plus years, $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks have won over $13,000. The accomplished MMA analyst kicked off the UFC 2022 season in January by advising SportsLine members to back Calvin Kattar (+200) against Giga Chikadze (-240) in the featherweight main event. Kattar’s lopsided unanimous decision victory gave Marley supporters another easy winner. Everyone who followed him is upstairs.

Now, with UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira in sight, Marley has studied the card top to bottom and revealed his best bets. You can only see his MMA picks on SportsLine.

UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira preview

Adesanya and Pereira followed similar career paths, as they both turned to professional MMA later in their careers after establishing themselves in other disciplines, primarily kickboxing. The middleweight champion made his MMA debut in March 2012 and has maintained a foothold in both sports for over five years.

Coincidentally, the last fight of his kickboxing career came in the knockout loss to Pereira in March 2017. He walked away from the sport with a 30-5 record when he signed with the UFC and immediately predicted that he would become an MMA world champion. most famous promotion.

Adesanya (23-1) wasted no time in delivering on his promise. He made his UFC debut in 2018 and won the interim title in April 2019 over Kelvin Gastelum. The 33-year-old Nigerian-born fighter became the undisputed champion when he knocked out former titleholder Robert Whittaker in October 2019 at UFC 243.

At that time, Pereira (6-1) was unknown to UFC watchers, but he was gaining recognition in lesser-known promotions. In a rare move, the UFC signed him after just four professional fights and sped him up against quality opponents, ostensibly so he could potentially renew his rivalry with Adesanya in a division that lacked legitimate contenders.

The 35-year-old fought a title eliminator against rising contender Sean Strickland at UFC 276 in July and won the title bid with a first-round knockout. Now they will renew their rivalry with a UFC title on the line. You can see who to support here.

UFC 281 Predictions

We’ll share one of Marley’s UFC 281 selections here: he’s accompanying Dustin Poirier (-220) to raise his hand against Michael Chandler (+180) in a clash of former lightweight title challengers on the main card.

Both fighters are known for their elite striking, fearlessness, and sinister dispositions inside the cage. Many MMA analysts, including Marley, expect this battle to earn Fight of the Night honors.

The second Poirier (28-7-1) is best known for his pair of knockout wins over Conor McGregor, and the Louisiana native also has a Justin Gaethje save under his belt. He is looking to get back into the title picture after his last appearance resulted in a stoppage loss to Charles Oliveira for the belt in December last year.

Chandler (23-7) is the former Bellator champion who went 2-2 in four appearances with the UFC. One of them was a loss to Oliveira in a title fight in May last year. The 36-year-old knocked out former interim champion Tony Ferguson in his last appearance. See who else to choose here.

How to make UFC 281 picks

Marley also has strong picks for Adesanya vs. Pereira and every other fight on the UFC 281 card. He also backs a fighter who will “dominate in the strike” to come out with a huge win. Marley’s picks and predictions are only available on SportsLine.

Who wins Adesanya against Pereira? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now for detailed picks on every fight at UFC 281, all from the unrivaled expert who has earned over $13,000 on MMA over the past three years, and find out.

UFC 281 odds, fight card

See full UFC 281 picks, best bets and predictions here.
Israel Adesanya (-230) vs Alex Pereira (+190)
Zhang Weili (-360) against Carla Esparza (+280)
Dustin Poirier (-220) vs. Michael Chandler (+180)
Chris Gutierrez (-240) vs. Frankie Edgar (+200)
Dan Hooker (-155) against Claudio Puelles (+130)
Renato Moicano (-125) against Brad Riddell (+105)
Dominick Reyes (-220) vs. Ryan Spann (+180)
Erin Blanchfield (-400) vs. Molly McCann (+310)
André Petroski (-190) against Wellington Turman (+160)
Ottman Azaitar (-165) against Matt Frevola (+140)
Silvana Gomez Juarez (-125) against Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+105)
Sueng Woo Choi (-180) against Michael Trizano (+155)
Montel Jackson (-210) against Julio Arce (+175)
Carlos Ulberg (-140) against Nicolae Negumereanu (+120)


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