UFC 281 – Severe MMA Staff Predictions

The mecca of combat sports arenas, Madison Square Garden, will play host to a stacked UFC 281 card as the world leader in MMA returns to New York City on Saturday night.

In the main event, New Zealand striking sensation Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya will attempt to defend his middleweight crown for the 6th time against the only man to ever render the superstar unconscious (albeit in another sport), Alex “Poatan” Pereira.

Two-time strawweight champion Carla Esparza locks horns with former champion Weili Zhang in the co-main event. Meanwhile, an absolutely mouth-watering showdown between all-team violence fighters Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler is featured on the main card.

For a full preview of all the UFC 281 action, check out the Severe MMA Preview Show (linked at the bottom of this article). For now, here are our picks:

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