Jul 2, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Israel Adesanya (red gloves) reacts after defeating Jared Cannonier (blue gloves) during UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
UFC 281: Erin Blanchfield is the fighter to watch
Full betting odds for every matchup at UFC 281: Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira.
UFC 281 is one of the most anticipated fight cards of 2022, with two title fights including strawweight champion Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili, as well as a featured lightweight showdown between fan favorites Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler.
The main event of UFC 281 between middleweight champion Adesanya and former Glory kickboxing world champion Pereira has a fair amount of history behind it, with Pereira having previously defeated Adesanya twice, first in 2016 by unanimous decision and again in 2017 via a vicious knockout.
The two will meet again five years later, this time for the UFC middleweight championship belt. The odds between the two strikers opened with Adesanya as the slight favorite at -160. However, the line has continued to creep in Adesanya’s direction, currently sitting around -185 in favor of the champ.
As for the co-main strawweight title fight between two-time champ Esparza and former champ Weili, oddsmakers have this bout in overwhelming favor for Weili with the line at -360. After what many fight fans considered one of the most underwhelming title fights in UFC history against Rose Namajunas at UFC 274, it is no surprise that the wrestler Esparza is a significant underdog against the exciting striker Weili, who most recently knocked out Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 275.
UFC 281: Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira full betting odds
Israel Adesanya (-185) vs. Alex Pereira (+150)Carla Esparza (+295) vs. Zhang Weili (-360)Dustin Poirier (-220) vs. Michael Chandler (+185)Frankie Edgar (+185) vs. Chris Gutierrez (-220)Dan Hooker (-160) vs. Claudio Puelles (+130)
Renato Moicano (-125) vs. Brad Riddell (+105)Dominick Reyes (-220) vs. Ryan Spann (+175)Erin Blanchfield (-425) vs. Molly McCann (+325)Andre Petroski (-210) vs. Wellington Turman (+170)Ottman Azaitar (-110) vs. Matt Frevola (-110)Karolina Kowalkiewicz (-115) vs. Silvana Gómez Juárez (-110)Mike Trizano (-165) vs. Seung Woo Choi (+135)Julio Arce (+170) vs. Montel Jackson (-200)Carlos Ulberg (-125) vs. Nicolae Negumereanu (+105)