Move over Ray Sadeghi, there’s a new “Jizzy” in town.
Reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is gearing up for his 185-pound title defense against longtime kickboxing rival Alex Pereira in the UFC 281 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, scheduled for this Sat. night (Nov. 12, 2022) inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.
If Adesanya calls you during his weight cut, don’t answer.
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE-DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to “The Fight Mecca,” Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Sat., Nov. 12, 2022, featuring two highly-anticipated championship showdowns. In UFC 281’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event, Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, will look to settle the score with former kickboxing foe and No. 5-seeded contender, Alex Pereira. In the ESPN+-streamed PPV co-main event, women’s Strawweight champion, Carla Esparza, intends to defend her newly-won title for the first time against former champion and No. 2-ranked contender, Zhang Weili.
“I busted a nut to make weight,” Adesanya told Taylor Rooks about the craziest thing he ever did to hit his mark. “At the time I was young and I was on that whole no [release] before a fight — before I knew it was a myth — and yeah … a few grams came off. A hundred grams. I made weight. I was younger back then, like 21, 22, I didn’t know what I was doing with weight cutting. Yeah, that was something.”
In unrelated news, UFC 281 is now sponsored by Kleenex.
Adesanya, 33, has never missed weight in his UFC career and barely cracked 200 pounds when he jumped to light heavyweight to battle Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259. His last official weight was 183.5 pounds for his Jared Cannonier title defense at UFC 276, a far cry from what Pereira endures to make weight.
The UFC 281 early weigh ins take place this Friday (Nov. 11) at 9 a.m. ET.
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