Prelims on ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET
Early Prelims on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET
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UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira, featuring two hotly anticipated championships, will be live from Madison Square Garden, in New York this Saturday, November 12 at 10:00p.m. ET, exclusively on ESPN+ PPV (English and Spanish).
The Prelims will air on ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ (English & Spanish) at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Early Prelims will air on ESPN+ (English & Spanish) at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT. Live coverage begins on Friday with UFC Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Adesanya vs. Pereira at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, providing fans with exclusive insights and views heading into Fight Night.
In the main event, reining middleweight king Israel Adesanya (23-1) defends his title against Brazilian knockout artist No. 4 Alex Pereira (6-1). Adesanya will now put his undisputed 185-pound title on the line for the sixth time fighting Pereira, a former kickboxing rival who defeated Adesanya in that sport twice—one of those wins by knockout.
The co-main championship doubleheader kicks off in the strawweight division as surging two-time champion Carla Esparza (20-6) defends her crown against striking phenom No. 2 Zhang Weili (22-3), China’s first and only champion in UFC history.
The PPV portion of the event will also feature the greatly anticipated lightweight showdown between fan-favorite No. 2 Dustin Poirier (28-7) and No. 5 Michael Chandler (23-7), who has delivered action-packed bouts since entering the UFC last year. Also on the card, former UFC lightweight champion and future Hall of Famer Frankie Edgar (23-10), taking on his final career battle before retiring from MMA, faces rising bantamweight talent, Chris Gutierrez (18-3). Edgar is arguably one of the most respected fighters of the past two decades.
Jon Anik will call the action alongside Joe Rogan and former two-division Champion and UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier. Megan Olivi will handle reporting duties. All coverage in Spanish will be handled by Troy Santiago, Victor Davila, and Alexa Grasso.
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Programming (All times ET)
|12 noon||ESPN+||UFC 281 Pre-Show Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Adesanya vs. Pereira
|4 p.m.||ESPN App/@ESPN YouTube||UFC 281 Ceremonial Weigh-In: Adesanya vs. Pereira|
|4:30 p.m.||ESPN2||UFC 281 Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Adesanya vs. Pereira|
|Sat., 11/12||6 p.m.||ESPN+ (English & Spanish)||UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira (Early Prelims)|
|8 p.m.||ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+ (simulcast, English & Spanish)||UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira Presented by Modelo (Prelims)|
|10 p.m.||ESPN+ PPV
(English & Spanish)
|UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira
|1 a.m.*||ESPN+||UFC 281 Post Show presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Adesanya vs. Pereira|
*Immediately following Main Event.
Main Card and Prelims (All times ET)
|10 p.m.||Main||Israel Adesanya (C) vs. Alex Pereira||UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Co-Main||Carla Esparza (C) vs. Zhang Weili||UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship|
|Undercard||Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler|
|Undercard||Frankie Edgar vs. Chris Gutierrez|
|Undercard||Dan Hooker vs. Claudio Puelles|
|8 p.m.||Feature||Brad Riddell vs. Renato Moicano|
|Undercard||Dominick Reyes vs. Ryan Spann|
|Undercard||Erin Blanchfield vs. Molly McCann|
|Undercard||Andre Petroski vs. Wellington Turman|
|6 p.m.||Feature||Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar|
|Undercard||Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez|
|Undercard||Michael Trizano vs. SeungWoo Choi|
|Undercard||Julio Arce vs. Montel Jackson|
|Undercard||Carlos Ulberg vs. Nicolae Negumereanu|
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