Pros and Cons from UFC 281: Adesanya vs Pereira

Pros and Cons from UFC 281: Adesanya vs Pereira

UFC 281 is within the books, and it brought a option of finishes and a chaotic reside to a long title reign. Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira’s MMA bout regarded plenty love their final assembly in kickboxing. The longtime middleweight champion used to be ahead early, wobbling, hurting and dumb out Pereira again and again, finest for “Poatan” to seek out a skill to land his trademark energy shot.

Likely down 3-1 on the scorecards, Pereira got right here up gargantuan within the final round and scored one more comeback victory against Adesanya. He gained his third bout against Adesanya, and finished a meteoric upward thrust to take the title in precisely his fourth UFC strive against.

In the co-valuable event, Weili Zhang place on a sanatorium both on the toes and on the bottom, handily beating Carla Esparza to turn into a two-time UFC strawweight champion.

Underneath, we analyze the mavens and cons of every of the predominant bouts, with a transient twitter thread that’s brief and fitting for of us’s social media technology attention spans:


CONS: Crowd booed a enjoyable strive against.

PROS: Assist and forth, placing vs leg locks. Hooker’s knee doubtlessly popped from that knee bar, and used to be limping. He then picked him apart at half of energy to steer certain of the bottom, but it used to be enough.

— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) November 13, 2022


PROS: None. This used to be depressing.

CONS: Edgar deserved better. He must’ve had a enjoyable senior circuit bout (love Cruz?) as a replace of being sacrificed on the reside of his occupation to model up a younger guy.

— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) November 13, 2022


CONS: I know it’s a strive against, but those fish hooks and motivate of the head photographs were blatant.

PROS: That used to be as wild and as enjoyable as expected. They’re both tricky, they both hit laborious, but valuable distinction used to be composure whereas under fire

— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) November 13, 2022


CONS: None! That used to be a sanatorium.

PROS: Weili outclassed Esparza. She picked her apart on the toes, which used to be expected, but even when Esparza went for takedowns, Zhang showed superiority on the bottom as smartly.

— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) November 13, 2022


PROS: He did it again. What a comeback. Hurt again and again, down in cards, regarded old down, but chanced on a skill take

CONS: Izzy’s imperfect habits showed up? Reducing output & letting him off the hook stored that energy in play unless gradual

— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) November 13, 2022


PROS: Immense card top to bottom. Pereira’s gargantuan moment, Zhang’s sanatorium, Poirier-Chandler violence.

CONS: Edgar loss (and matchmaking) used to be unhappy. Rogan pushing depraved narratives about Pereira’s swiftly upward thrust/total fights kinda ruined the moment.

— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) November 13, 2022

And that’s about it. For added social media musings, apply me on twitter over at @antontabuena, and clearly you have to always fabricate that for Bloody Elbow’s decent twitter checklist as smartly.