UFC 287 Predictions: Pereira vs. Adesanya 2

After a week away from action, the UFC returns to form at Miami-Dade Arena in Miami, Florida.

In the main event, Alex Pereira looks to cement his legacy opposite longtime rival Israel Adesanya, while gamer and BJJ elite Gilbert Burns squares off with Miami’s own Jorge Masvidal in our Welterweight co-main. The card also features numerous prospects looking to make a splash, with Joe Pyfer, Adrian Yanez, and Raul Rosas Jr. looking to make career-statement performances.

Main Card

Alex Pereira (7-1) vs. Israel Adesanya (23-2) II (MW Championship)

Our main event marks the fourth meeting between these high-level kickboxers with Adesanya looking to finally mark one in his win column. He had nearly secured victory in their November 2020 clash, up on the scorecards before “Poatan” forced the referee to step in with a barrage of strikes. The technical striking battle is going to be the name of the game in this fight, with neither fighter often looking to get to the mat. While Adesanya showed he can assuredly have success from top position, he did little to show his ability to get the fight there, going 1/4 on takedowns and racking up nearly four minutes of control time off a well-timed reversal. I expect a close battle on the feet with Pereira denying takedowns and finding success inside the pocket and the clinch for a knockout, likely in the third or fourth round.

My Pick: Alex Pereira via Knockout

Gilbert Burns (21-5) vs. Jorge Masvidal (35-16) (WW)

My Pick: Gilbert Burns via Decision

Rob Font (19-6) vs. Adrian Yanez (16-3) (BW)

My Pick: Rob Font via Knockout

Kevin Holland (23-9) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (29-6) (WW)

My Pick: Kevin Holland via Knockout

Raul Rosas Jr. (7-0) vs. Christian Rodriguez (8-1) (BW)

My Pick: Raul Rosas Jr. via Decision


Kelvin Gastelum (17-8) vs. Chris Curtis (30-9) (MW)

My Pick: Kelvin Gastelum via Decision

Michelle Waterson-Gomez (18-10) vs. Luana Pinheiro (10-1) (SW)

My Pick: Michelle Waterson-Gomez via Decision

Gerald Meerschaert (35-15) vs. Joe Pyfer (10-2) (MW)

My Pick: Joe Pyfer via Knockout

Karl Williams (8-1) vs. Chase Sherman (16-11) (HW)

My Pick: Karl Williams via Knockout

Cynthia Calvillo (9-5-1) vs. Lupita Godinez (8-3) (SW)

My Pick: Lupita Godinez via Decision

Trey Ogden (16-5) vs. Ignacio Bahamondes (13-4) (160-lb. Catchweight)

My Pick: Ignacio Bahamondes via Decision

Steve Garcia Jr. (13-5) vs. Shaylian Nuerdanbieke (39-10) (FTW)

My Pick: Shayilan Nuerdanbieke via Decision

Jacqueline Amorim (6-0) vs. Sam Hughes (7-5) (SW)

My Pick: Jacqueline Amorim via Submission

The card is live at 5 PM EST with the main card action going at 10 PM EST!

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