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Who won Adesanya vs Pereira?
Alex Pereira beat Israel Adesanya by during the main event of UFC 281, on Saturday 12th November 2022 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Alex Pereira.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
This contest was for the UFC middleweight championship.
Adesanya vs Pereira stats
Israel Adesanya stepped into the octagon with a record of 23 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Alex Pereira made his way to the cage with a record of 6 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 5 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Pereira had an advantage in power over Adesanya, with a 83% knock out percentage over Adesanya's 65%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested that Adesanya and Pereira would have been pretty equal, both with a 0% submission rate.
Israel Adesanya was the younger man by 2 years, at 34 years old.
Adesanya was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 17 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 3 years and 7 months earlier than Pereira, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He had fought 51 more professional rounds, 76 to Pereira's 25.
Adesanya vs Pereira form
Adesanya had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 on 2nd July 2022 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 on 12th February 2022 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Toyota Center, Houston.
Going into that contest, he had beat Marvin Vettori at UFC 263 on 12th June 2021 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Gila River Arena, Glendale.
Before that, he had been beaten by Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had won against Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on 26th September 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Adesanya's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 4 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 22 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.4 rounds on average.
Pereira's last 4 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Adesanya vs Pereira?
Israel Adesanya was a 16/25 (-160) favourite going into the contest, while Alex Pereira made his way into the ring at 5/4 (+130) with oddsmakers.