New Zealand lightweight Brad "Quake" Riddell has announced that he's set to step away from MMA competition following his submission defeat at UFC 281.
Michael Chandler may have been battered and bruised following his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 281, but the always-positive lightweight contender still has high hopes for a huge fight with Conor McGregor down the line.
Matt "Steamrolla" Frevola lived up to his fighting moniker at UFC 281 as he demolished Ottman Azaitar, before turning his attention to Paddy "The Baddy" Pimblett.
Israel Adesanya made no excuses following his dramatic fifth-round TKO loss to Alex Pereira at UFC 281, and said he has no plans to step away following his middleweight title loss at Madison Square Garden.
Alex Pereira stunned Israel Adesanya, and Madison Square Garden, with a dramatic final-round flurry to turn the fight on its head, stop Adesanya and capture the undisputed UFC middleweight title at UFC 281.
The stars of UFC 281 – two champions, challengers, and fan favourites – cut their final pounds ahead of Friday morning's weigh-in. Then it's one more pre-fight showdown at the ceremonials held at Radio City Music Hall.
Champs Israel Adesanya and Carla Esparza join their opponents at the UFC 281 presser; Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier face off. Zhang Weili and Frankie Edgar train for their next chapters. Izzy and Alex Pereira pose at a landmark.
Champ Carla Esparza and Michael Chandler take in their billboard. Dustin Poirier loosens up in the ring. Molly McCann meets a legend. Zhang Weili crosses paths with Esparza. At media day, champion Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira talk up their main event.
It's fight week in New York City and today marks the "fight before the fight," as the stars of UFC 281 take to the scale for the official early-morning weigh-ins ahead of fight night at Madison Square Garden.
Michael Chandler said that he's ready to follow up his 2021 Fight of the Year clash at MSG with Justin Gaethje with another big performance against Dustin Poirier, as he said he had no problem trying to match his previous performance at the iconic arena.