UFC 281 is coming along quite nicely, as we’ve got a pair of back-to-back title fights to look forward to in the main and co-main events of the evening. This showcases UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who aims to make the sixth defense of his title against fellow former kickboxing champion Alex Pereira, someone he’s 0-2 against in kickboxing.
UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza also aims to make the first defense of her second title reign against former champion Weili Zhang in the co-main event of the evening.
UFC 281 is to go down on November 12, 2022, live from Madison Square Garden, New York City.
We’ve also got an exciting middleweight showcase that’s been added to the card between talented grapplers Andre Petroski (8-1) and Wellington Turman (18-5).
Petroski came to the UFC with a record of 5-1 last year following a 1-1 stint on The Ultimate Fighter 29.
Since then, he’s gone 3-0 with three finishes over the likes of Michael Gilmore (TKO), Hu Yaozong (arm-triangle choke), and Nick Maximov (anaconda choke).
He’d lost his bout prior to joining The Ultimate Fighter cast via TKO in round two, and he lost his second TUF bout via submission (ninja choke), also in round two.
There was a hurdle he wasn’t quite able to overcome. However, his first two UFC victories both came in the third and final round, so it appears he’s made the proper adjustments to be successful in the promotion.
And, submitting Maximov the way he did, a very talented wrestler and grappler in his own right, it seems Petroski has found his groove, and he goes into this fight facing another very talented grappler.
Wellington Turman is a BJJ black belt that’s coming off two-straight victories himself, the latter a submission (armbar) over fellow BJJ black belt Misha Cirkunov, the eighth submission victory of his career.
Who do you see coming out on top in this middleweight showdown?
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