Christmas really has come early with this absolute monster of a card. All eyes will be on the main event as the middleweight champion finally faces his arch nemesis in New York City!

UFC 281

Main Card (BT Sport)

Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Alex Pereira (Middleweight)

What an epic main card this is. The story surrounding this bout is like no other (Pereira has beaten Adesanya twice in kickboxing – the first being a dodgey decision, the second knocking him clean out), and whilst Adesanya was becomming one of MMA’s biggest names, the Brazilain was cleaning out organisations such as Glory FC. Pereira turned his hand to professional MMA in 2015, signing with the UFC in 2021. After only 3 fights he finds himself challenging for the middleweight belt, in the mecca of combat sports, against one of the biggest names in the sport. Is anyone really the bad guy here? We don’t think so as fans respect the fact these two are probably the best strikers in the MMA universe right now. So who wins? We are going for Perreira within 3 round.

WINNER: Pereira



Carlas Esparza (c) vs. Zhang Weili (Women’s Strawweight)

Following one of the worst female, if not the most time consuming, fights in UFC history, Esparza finds herself trying to defend the belt once again. There is no way this one can be as painful as watching her last bout with Thug Rose, but if the self procalimed ‘Cookie Monster’ manages to win here it will be the biggest upset on the card for sure. Expect Weili to stream roll the champ and regain the title.




Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler (Lightweight)

Can we just say how excited we are for this one! Hopefully fans haven’t had their fill of fireworks as we guarantee you’ll see more when these two throwdown. Chandler can’t help getting himself involved in a stand up war and unfortunately for him, Poirier has got some of the best hands in the division which could spell danger. Bring it on!

WINNER: Poirier



Frankie Edgar vs. Chris Gutierrez (Bantamweight)

As much as we would like to go with Edgar for the win, we just can’t do it. Expect the New jersey native to get the biggest cheer of the night, and rightly so, but they will unfortunately turn to tears when his oppoenent batters him. We wouldn’t be surprised if ‘The Answer’ leaves his gloves in the cage.

WINNER: Gutierrez



Dan Hooker vs. Claudio Puelles (Lightweight)

Purely because the Kiwi is fighting at a much more comfortable weight, against someone who arguably isn’t as good as the oppoenents who have beaten him we are going to take a punt on ‘The Hangman’. Are we confindent? Not really, but it would be great to see him get a win at MSG.

WINNER: Hooker



Preliminary Card (BT Sport)

Brad Riddell vs. Renato Moicano (Lightweight)

A tough one to call so maybe swerve it on your accumulator/parlay. If we had to pick (which we obviosuly do) it will be a tough grinded out split decision going to the New Zealand brawler.

WINNER: Riddell

METHOD: Decision


Dominick Reyes vs. Ryan Spann (Light heavyweight)

Pretty much everyone apart from us has picked Spann to send the former title contender’s chin into oblivion (that’s because Spann hits really hard) but you know what? We don’t think Reye’s soul was fully taken in his last bout and believe there is life in the not so old dog. We are going for the upset.


METHOD: Decision


Molly McCann vs. Erin Blanchfield (Womens’s Flyweight)

Nobody can deny the Liverpool native has proved her worth, and the fact she’s finsihed her previous two bouts with spinning elbows is rediculosly impressive – can she do it again? We don’t think so. It would be great to see her continue to rise up the rankings but the likely outcome is a Blanchfield decision. McCann to hold her own in the first but the next 2 will go in the favor of a slightly strogner Blanchfield.

WINNER: Blachfield

METHOD: Decision


Andre Petroski vs. Wellington Turman (Middleweight)

Although Turman is not as bad as some may think, we feel he’ll come up short against Petrsoki who is getting better in every fight.

WINNER: Petroski

METHOD: Submission


Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass)

Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar (Lightweight)

It pains us to pick Azaitar as he probably shouldn’t be in the UFC (google him) but whatever, expect Frevola’s hands to drop in the later rounds and be caught off guard by the German ‘Bulldozer’.

WINNER: Azaitar



Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez (Women’s Strawweight)

Yes the former champion got back to winning ways following 5 losses on the bounce, but it was against an injured fighter in Felice Herrig, who’s heart clearyl wasn’t in it. Plus we simply can’y bet on someone who got armbarred by Jessica Penne. If Juarez doesn’t get the finish she’ll take this one via decision with ease.

WINNER: Juarez



Michael Trizano vs. Choi Seung-Woo (Featherweight)

The 30 year old South Korean fighter has to come up with the goods or else its goodbye UFC career. It’s a bit of a long shot but don’t be surprised if ‘Sting’ produces an impressive knockout.

WINNER: Seung-Woo



Julio Arce vs Montel Jackson (Bantamweight)

The man with some of the biggest hands in the UFC should be able to power through this one with a unaminmous decision victory.

WINNER: Montel Jackson

METHOD: Decision


Carlos Ulberg vs. Nicolae Negumereanu (Light Heavyweight)

There was a time not so long ago where we would not of hesitated to pick against Ulberg but the team mate and friend of Israel Adesanya seems to have found his rhythm.

WINNER: Ulberg



UFC 281 WILDCARD BET: Michael Chandler to defeat Dustin Poirier via KO/TKO

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