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UFC 281: Brazilian Alex Pereira Knocks Out Isreal Adesanya In The Fifth Rounds

An evening which saw the fierce contest between Brazilian Alex Pereira and Nigerian born Isreal Adesanya battled. Pereira scored his first MMA win and third overall victory over Israel Adesanya. The fifth-round knockout earned Pereira the middleweight crown and came while he was down on all three scorecards.

UFC 281 marked the promotion’s sixth event at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. There have been a total of 11 title fights on those cards. Fans who have watched those six pay-per-views have witnessed six title changes. Like UFC 217, which saw three champions fall, both fighters who entered the Garden at UFC 281 with UFC belts in hand walked into the Manhattan night post-event empty-handed

The lead-up to those title fights was the “Fight of the Night” bonus-winning contest between veteran lightweight competitors Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler in a blood-soaked battle that Poirier won via submission.

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