UFC 281 New York has confirmed ISRAEL ADESANYA's fight against Alex Pereira.
Since he won the belt in 2019, the 33-year-old has successfully defended it five times.
Adesanya has been widely regarded as one the most pound-for–pound fighters in UFC
Pereira plans to dethrone Adesanya in November's meeting
He did, however, move up to light-heavyweight but lost to Jan Blachowicz last yea. But the Nigerian-born fighter is still a formidable opponent in the UFC.
Pereira, the man who stopped Adesanya from kickboxing five year ago, is now eligible for a title shot. He scored a vicious knockout of Sean Strickland last month at UFC 276.
Adesanya won a unanimous shutout win over Jared Cannonier on the same card.
He was quick to declare that Pereira would his next challenge after the win - a fight ESPN has announced will be at Madison Square Garden.
The champion stated that he knew who was next after the fight. That Poatan Porra.
Trust me, the first time I said it was an error by myself - a stabbing right handed. That was kickboxing.
"It's simple to knock out, but what's the name of the hillbilly? He was parrying the jab.
"But, like I said at my press conference, the next time I put your on skates you're going get frozen like Elsa."
This was somewhat surprising considering that Pereira had been asked prior to his fight with Cannonier whether he was worthy of a title shot. He replied, "I don’t think so."
Brazilian Pereira, 35 years old, has won six of his six MMA fights since he lost his debut in 2015.
To earn Adesanya a date, he has compiled a string of three UFC wins in seven months.
He will now attempt to defeat Adesanya again in the same manner he did back in 2017 as a kickboxer.