UFC returns to Miami for the first time in 20 years this week with a Pay-per-View event headlined by a blockbuster Middleweight championship rematch between titleholder Alex Pereira and former titleholder and No. 1-ranked contender Israel Adesanya.
UFC 287 TV Channel from Anywhere
Venue: Miami-Dade Arena in Miami, Florida
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023
Start Time: Main Card: 10:00 pm ET / Main Event Cage-walks (approx): 1:00 am ET
TV Pass: OolaTV (anywhere)
The main event is a rematch between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira, who will take on each other for the second time in UFC and overall fourth time (two kickboxing matchups). After losing a hat-trick of encounters, Israel Adesanya will be out for revenge and to end his three-match losing streak against Brazilian when they meet in a couple of days.
UFC 287: Pereira vs Adesanya Live Stream Free Without Cable
In the US, ESPN+ has the UFC 287 live stream featuring Pereira vs Adesanya. It’s a pay-per-view event that requires an ESPN+ subscription: Your final option is to buy access to UFC 286 and with it, get one Day of access to the OolaTV ($29.99)
UFC 287: Pereira vs Adesanya Live Stream In Canada
The UFC Fight Pass, while the prelims are on TSN and RDS. UFC 287’s main card is available on various providers, including OolaTV.
UFC 287: Pereira vs Adesanya Live Stream In USA
You can get UFC 287 plus a year of ESPN Plus for $124.98, which is savings of $55 (ESPN Plus costs $99.99 per year, and UFC 287 costs $79.99). This is one way to avoid that $5 price hike for UFC PPVs, which used to cost $74.99, at least for this fight.
UFC 287: Pereira vs Adesanya Live Stream In Australia
In Australia, UFC 286 will be live on Sunday at 9 a.m. AEDT on Kayo, where it costs AU$ 54.95.
Adesanya made his MMA debut in 2012 following a kickboxing career, winning over 70 fights. He joined UFC in 2018 and quickly made his place at a high rank.
Nigerian won against Kelvin Gastelum in 2019 for the interim UFC middleweight title and then against Robert Whittaker a few months later when he became champion. He defended the belt five times before losing it to Pereira.
Adesanya is widely known for his unique style of mocking his opponent. Moreover, he has an overwhelming reach (6′4) which gives him an edge over most of his opponents.
Alex Pereira is 4-0 in the UFC and 7-1-0 in mixed martial arts overall. He is a hard-hitting fighter who likes to pace himself and gets his opponent tired before unleashing lethal jabs and hooks as he looks for the killer blow which wins him games.
The pair met for the first time in 2016 at GLORY of Heroes 1 in China, where after a lot of combinations applied by both fighters, Pereira won via unanimous decision. A year later, Alex and Pereira faced each other at GLORY of Heroes 7, where Adesanya was on top until Pereira’s devastating shot to his chin dropped him.
One of the greatest strikers in UFC history
Israel Adesanya and UFC middleweight champion Alex last met at UFC 281. As always, Adesanya was in command in the first four rounds, but Alex came from behind by landing brutal shots to take the game away in the fifth round.
In the co-main event, former Welterweight title challengers No. 5 seeded Gilbert Burns (21-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) and hometown favorite No. 11 Jorge Masvidal (35-16 MMA, 12-9 UFC) will take on each other.
Jorge Masvidal is making his return after a long time. He has lost his last three straight fights, including title losses to ex-champion Kamaru Usman. Meanwhile, his number five ranked welterweight contender opponent comes from a big fresh win over Neil Magny in Rio de Janeiro.
The winner will face the winner of Colby Covington and Leon Edwards, who will likely fight for the welterweight title at some point this year. Masvidal made his MMA debut in 2003 and UFC debut in 2013, when he was 12-9. He won against Nate Diaz for the BMF title, and his win against Ben Askren was the fastest knockout in UFC history.
Also on the card, Adrian Yanez (16-3) and Rob Font (19-6) will meet in bantamweight. In another fight, Santiago Ponzinibbio (30-6) will take on Kevin Holland (23-9) at welterweight. Moreover, Christian Rodriguez (8-1) and Raul Rosas Jr (7-0) will battle at bantamweight.
Adesanya 2 vs. Alex Pereira: What has been said?
Adesanya: “I’m hunting, and I mean that in every sense of the word. The mindset is different. I like it because it puts it all on me, and it’s poetic in a way. One life: Roll the dice. This is my last shot, and I will give it all I’ve got in every sense of the word.”
Alex Pereira Bio and Record:
- Nationality: Brazilian
- Date of birth: July 7, 1987
- Height: 6′ 4″
- Reach 80″
- Total fights: 8
- Record: 7-1-0
Israel Adesanya Bio and Record:
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Date of birth: July 22, 1989
- Height: 6′ 4″
- Reach 80″
- Total fights: 25
- Record: 23-2-0
Following is the full fight card of Alex vs. Adesanya 2:
- Alex Pereira vs. Israel Adesanya – For Pereira’s UFC middleweight title
- Gilbert Burns vs. Jorge Masvidal – Welterweight
- Rob Font vs. Adrian Yanez – Bantamweight
- Kevin Holland vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio – Welterweight
- Raul Rosas Jr vs. Christian Rodriguez – Bantamweight
- Chris Curtis vs. Kelvin Gastelum – Middleweight
- Michelle Waterson vs. Luana Pinheiro – Women’s Strawweight
- Gerald Meerchaert vs. Joe Pyfer – Middleweight
- Cynthia Calvillo vs. Lupita Godinez – Women’s Strawweight
- Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Trey Ogden – Catchweight (160lbs)
- Shayilan Nuerdanbieke vs. Steve Garcia – Featherweight