UFC 281: Adesanya vs Pereira Betting Odds and Prediction

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UFC 281 is UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya‘s to avenge two consecutive losses from his kickboxing days which came from the hands of Alex Pereira.

Pereira is a highly skilled kickboxer and even if he has been rushed into a deserved title shot, MMA is Adesanya’s domain. The best middleweights in the sport of MMA have yet to beat him, and Adesanya has more than enough tools to wear down Pereira with his grappling.

In the co-main event, we have UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza taking on the former champion Weili Zhang. Carla Esparza is the heavy underdog going into this fight and she hasn’t been on the favourable side of the bookies for quite some time now. In her last eight fight, he has been the underdog in each one of them. The main reason for this has been her poor striking game. With that being said, she has a very good wrestling base to compensate for it. We have seen this in her previous fights against the likes of Marina Rodriguez and Alexa Grasso, where she fought to her strength and took down both the fighters to control significant amount of ground time to grind out a decision. On the other hand, Weili Zhang is a ferocious fighter. Ever since capturing the title back in 2019, she is 2-2 in her weight class. She has defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk twice and lost to Rose Namajunas. Weili Zhang is a phenomenal striker and on paper she should definitely outstrike Carla, however, her biggest drawback would be her wrestling. If Zhang has no answer for Esparza’s wrestling, she could very well grind out a victory. With that being said, Zhang is very dangerous in the opening rounds and very likely to score an early stoppage victory.

Michael Chandler vs Dustin Poirier | Getty Images

Also present on this card is a mouth watering lightweight fight between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. The former Bellator champion, Chandler is coming off of a vicious knockout win over former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson. On the other hand, this will be Dustin Poirier’s first fight in nearly eleven months. He last fought against Charles Oliveira where he suffered a submission loss. Both fighters like to stand and trade and rely on their boxing. Michael Chandler likes to trade going forward and at times he has shown tendency to get hit and be hurt, that’s where his previous opponents have capitalised on. On the other hand, Poirier is very measured in his approach, even when he has been hurt before, he has shown that he can whether the storm and win the fight. If Chandler approaches this fight like he has done before, he is going to be walked down by Poirier.

UFC 281 Betting Odds and Prediction

Dan Hooker (1.63) vs. Claudio Puelles (2.20)

Prediction: Dan Hooker wins the fight.

Frankie Edgar (2.70) vs. Chris Gutierrez (1.43)

Prediction: Chris Gutierrez wins.

Dustin Poirier (1.45) vs. Michael Chandler (2.75)

Prediction: Dustin Poirier wins.

Carla Esparza (4.10) vs. Zhang Weili (1.25)

Prediction: Weili Zhang wins

Israel Adesanya (1.44) vs. Alex Pereira (2.85)

Prediction: Israel Adesanya wins


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