Israel Adesanya will try to defend his middleweight title against Alex Pereira at UFC 281 in Madison Square Garden.

Adesanya versus Pereira is battling Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira for the most anticipated fight of the year. The two have a history before switching to MMA. Pereira beat Adesanya in kickboxing twice, one via decision and another by knockout.

Pereira has chased Adesanya to the UFC to see if he could take his belt in front of millions. This might be one of the best villain arcs in modern-day sports if Pereira wins the bout.