Adesanya and Pereira face off at weigh-in ahead of UFC 287

Israel Adesanya looks to regain the UFC middleweight title from Alex Pereira in the main event of UFC 287 tonight, in what is the fourth clash between the long-time rivals.

Pereira outpointed Adesanya and knocked out the Nigerian-New Zealander across two kickboxing bouts, before the pair transitioned to MMA. Adesanya was the first to make the move, going on to reign as a dominant UFC champion until he lost his belt to Pereira in their first MMA meeting, five months ago. Brazilian Pereira, a relative newcomer to MMA, fought from behind to secure a TKO of Adesanya in the final round in November, and tonight’s main event in Miami marks the new champion’s first title defence.

In the co-main event, hometown fighter Jorge Masvidal faces Gilbert Burns in a huge welterweight showdown, which could yet have implications in the title picture.

Former US president Donald Trump is among those in attendance at UFC 287, the former US president sitting in the front row next to Mike Tyson and UFC president Dana White.

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UFC 287 LIVE: Rob Font vs Adrian Yanez

Next up: Rob Font vs Adrian Yanez at bantamweight.

Alex Pattle9 April 2023 04:23


UFC 287 LIVE: Kevin Holland knocks out Santiago Ponzinibbio

Kevin Holland def. Santiago Ponzinibbio via third-round KO (punches, 3:16).

Alex Pattle9 April 2023 04:18


UFC 287 LIVE: Kevin Holland vs Santiago Ponzinibbio

HOLLAND WITH THE FINISH! He catches a kick, comes over the top with a right cross, then tags Ponzinibbio with a left hook after the Argentine spins around!

Ponzinibbio falls face first, eats a few more punches, and the referee waves it off! Ponzinibbio comes to and complains, but that was a good stoppage.

Alex Pattle9 April 2023 04:17


UFC 287 LIVE: Kevin Holland vs Santiago Ponzinibbio

Ponzinibbio fires off two hard low kicks, early in this final round. Another one, and Holland felt that for sure.

Holland responds with kicks of his own – one to the leg, one to the body.

More leg kicks from Ponzinibbio, while Holland misses with wide left hooks.

Alex Pattle9 April 2023 04:15


UFC 287 LIVE: Kevin Holland vs Santiago Ponzinibbio

Again Ponzinibbio catches a kick, but this time it’s him who follows up with a back fist! No connection, though.

Now the Argentine drives Holland to the fence, but he can’t hold him there for long.

Alex Pattle9 April 2023 04:11


UFC 287 LIVE: Kevin Holland vs Santiago Ponzinibbio

Before this fight, Robbie Lawler’s classic against Rory MacDonald was inducted into the fight wing of the UFC Hall of Fame.

Alex Pattle9 April 2023 04:09


UFC 287 LIVE: Kevin Holland vs Santiago Ponzinibbio

For what it’s worth, Verdict MMA’s global scorecard agreed with the judges that Christian Rodriguez was a worthy winner over Raul Rosas Jr.

Verdict MMA’s global scorecard for Raul Rosas Jr vs Christian Rodriguez

(Verdict MMA)

Alex Pattle9 April 2023 04:08


UFC 287 LIVE: Kevin Holland vs Santiago Ponzinibbio

Holland keeps looking for a left hook as Ponzinibbio steps into range. Holland has the height advantage, but the Argentine is the thicker man.

Big left hook from Ponzinibbio now.

He grabs a kick by Holland, and the American smashes Ponzinibbio with a back fist!!

Ponzinibbio drops to the mat but survives to the buzzer, with just a few seconds left on the clock when he ate that strike! Wow!

Alex Pattle9 April 2023 04:05


UFC 287 LIVE: Kevin Holland vs Santiago Ponzinibbio

Next up is Kevin Holland vs Santiago Ponzinibbio at welterweight.

Holland and Jorge Masvidal, who fights in tonight’s co-main event, were separated by security at a hotel in Miami on Wednesday.

Alex Pattle9 April 2023 03:58


UFC 287 LIVE: Donald Trump sits in front row as crowd cheers ex-president

Former US president Trump is known to have a friendship with UFC president White and has attended numerous events staged by the mixed martial arts promotion.

Trump was also visited by UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal earlier this week. Miami native Masvidal, who is on the UFC 287 card, visited Trump at the ex-president’s home in Mar-a-Lago after attending one of the 76-year-old’s rallies.

Alex Pattle9 April 2023 03:55


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