UFC 287: Pereira vs. Adesanya Best Prop Bets
UFC 287: PEREIRA VS. ADESANYA BEST PROP BETS – The UFC is returning after a two-week hiatus with an electric pay-per-view card.
They will be in Miami, Florida, at the Kaseya Center to run back the title fight in the middleweight division. Alex Pereira will enter this time as the champ to face Israel Adesanya, who is trying to regain the belt.
Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal will fight in the co-main event, and some of the best young prospects will be center stage on the main card.
Alex “Poatan” Pereira is 7-1 in his MMA career and 4-0 in the UFC. He is an experienced kickboxer and a superb striker but does not have that much time in the octagon, especially for a champion. He fights in the orthodox stance and will have a 79-inch reach.
Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya is 23-2 in his career, with one loss to Pereira and the other to Jan Blachowicz at light heavyweight. It will be his tenth consecutive title fight, but he will be the challenger this time. He switches stance and will have a one-inch reach advantage with an 80-inch reach.
Adesanya by KO/TKO/DQ +300
These two men have lots of experience fighting each other. Pereira has now beaten Adesanya three times, twice in kickboxing and once in MMA.
In kickboxing, Pereira won by knockout and decision, and he knocked Adesanya out in the fifth round of their MMA bout. Pereira has serious power, especially with his left hand, but is also a technical fighter.
Adesanya is the more technical fighter, but both are skillful. Before being knocked out, Adesanya was up 3-1 on each judge’s scorecard, only dropping the second round on each card. He was on his way to a decision victory but got caught by a left hand up against the fence.
Adesanya’s Right Hand
At the end of the first round, Adesanya landed a big right hand above Pereira’s ear and followed up with a left hook as the horn sounded. These nearly dropped Pereira and made him stumble backward with very wobbly legs.
If Adesanya had 10 more seconds, he likely finishes the fight, but Pereira was able to recover between rounds.
Adesanya should be more aggressive in this fight because he has nothing to lose and knows he is the better fighter. Pereira is a skilled knockout artist, but Adesanya has proven multiple times that he can land on Pereira but lets him hang around and find his chin. To beat Pereira, Adesanya needs to fight the way Pereira does and end it without the judges.
Under 2.5 Total Rounds +165
Both men are comfortable standing in front of each other after three fights. They should not have a feeling out process in this fight and get to the action.
Each man can knock the other out despite Pereira never being knocked out in MMA. He has been knocked out twice in kickboxing, however. Both men are busy inside the cage: Pereira lands 5.23 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.63 strikes, and Adesanya lands 3.93 significant strikes and absorbs 2.8 strikes.
Of course, most of Adesanya’s stats are from title fights against the best fighters in the world, so they are impressive. This fight could go deep into the fifth round like the last one, but it is not crazy to think both men come out more aggressively in this one.
Adesanya to win by KO/TKO/DQ or Submission +275
Adesanya is far more likely to finish this by knockout than submission, but Pereira’s only loss in MMA is via submission.
If Adesanya knocks him down and can find an easy choke, it would be ludicrous for him not to. Pereira does not have much experience in the octagon and even less experience on the mat.
If he finds himself there, especially after a knockdown, he will be uncomfortable there to some degree.
Adesanya can use his experience edge in multiple spots in this fight. Another way he can do that is to gain control time, as he did in his last fight. He had six and a half minutes of control time, six more minutes than Pereira had. Adesanya should use his experience to his advantage and look for the finish.