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Getty Israel Adesanya attends UFC 277.

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is set to defend his title against Alex Pereira, a man known to have the ‘touch of death.’

The UFC has found the headlining bout for its long-awaited return to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12 in New York, Adesanya announced Friday on ESPN MMA’s “SportsCenter.

” He will defend his belt against a former foe, who he’s already fought twice but in a different sport.

With only three outings under the banner, Pereira gets a title shot off the back of a vicious knockout win over the formerly fourth-ranked middleweight contender Sean Strickland. While he went into his bout against Strickland unranked, Pereira broke through into the top five rankings after the win.

The former two-division Glory champion has stepped inside the ring opposite Adesanya on two occasions in kickboxing. He won both outings, with the first coming by decision in 2016 and the second by way of knockout a year later. As the only man to have put Adesanya out cold on the canvas, his arrival into the promotion had fans clamoring for the highly-anticipated matchup.

UFC confirmed the booking, tweeting: “As announced on @SportsCenter, we have a ???????????????????????????? main event set for MSG @Stylebender vs Alex Pereira is confirmed for #UFC281!“

As announced on @SportsCenter, we have a ???????????????????????????? main event set for MSG [email protected] vs Alex Pereira is confirmed for #UFC281!

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— UFC (@ufc) August 5, 2022

Adesanya Reacts to the UFC 281 Booking

“Stylebender” is coming off a successful title defense over Jared Cannonier during the International Fight Week card of UFC 276. Following a comfortable victory on the judges’ scorecards, Adesanya called out Pereira using a reference from the Disney animated kids movie “Frozen.”

Adesanya shared his reaction to the news online, tweeting: “#UFC281 “Vengeance is mine says the lord.” Brooooo I said the same thing too!! This ends here. Kill or be killed.”

He remains confident he will avenge the losses and is excited to fight an opponent that will look to attack him as opposed to being cautious in their approach and staying defensive like the recent string of challengers he faced.

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“Vengeance is mine says the lord.”
Brooooo I said the same thing too!!
This ends here. Kill or be killed ⚔️

— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) August 5, 2022

Pereira Responded to Adesanya’s Callout

In an appearance on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani, Pereira issued his response to Adesanya’s callout.

“Look, number one, he spent a childhood watching cartoons,” he said (ht Sportskeeda). “I spent my childhood working at a tire shop, trying to make money, and provide for my family for a better life. I didn’t watch those cartoons.”

Pereira bashed Adesanya for his trash talk of Cannonier leading up to the event.

“He’s been fooling the people,” he added. “He creates expectations like he said that he was going to make the last fight [against] Cannonier look easy and then, makes a show, talks a lot, and goes there with a bummer.”

In another interview with Combate, Pereira explained that Adesanya didn’t believe he would get to the position that he’s in, and at the very least, not so quickly.

“Adesanya is surprised that I’m here today. There’s a video from about two years ago where he said I’d be in a bar telling my friends something like ‘Do you see that guy on the TV? The UFC champion. I’ve beaten him twice before’.

“He never believed I’d be here today and not so quickly. Now look at this. The world kept turning and I’m fighting him in my next fight.”

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Fetty Wap Busted By Feds For Making Death Threat, Flashing Gun On Facetime While Free On Bond

Paterson rapper Fetty Wap is in custody again, this time for flashing a gun and threatening to kill a “rat” during a Facetime call while he was free on bond in another case, federal authorities on Long Island said.

The Dec. 11, 2021 video call violated conditions of the hip-hop artist’s release following a drug arrest in Queens late last year, they said, leading to his arrest in New Jersey on Monday, Aug. 8.

As a result, federal authorities on Long Island asked a judge Monday afternoon to revoke his $500,000 bond and order that Wap – whose real name is Willie Junior Maxwell II – remain in custody during the ongoing prosecution of him and several associates.

In a Facetime call to his unidentified target, Maxwell “possessed a gun, threatened to kill him, and called the individual a ‘rat’,” according to documents filed in U.S. Eastern District of New York Court in Central Islip.

Federal authorities included the video, in which Maxwell twice tells the victim “Imma kill you and everybody you with.”

He's seen holding a gun and pointing it at the person on the phone.

“I’m gonna kill you,” Maxwell says again.

He did this “despite the fact that this was a direct violation of both state law and the conditions of his release,” according to the federal complaint, which was unsealed with Maxwell’s arrest early Monday.

Maxwell had originally been taken into custody at Citifield last Oct. 29 on charges of conspiring to distribute heroin, fentanyl, coke and crack in New Jersey and on Long Island.

The terms of his Nov. 5 release on a half-million-dollar bond include not violating any federal, state or local law – and not in any way possessing “a firearm, destructive device, or other weapon” -- while he remained free pending trial, court papers show.

“The defendant is advised that violating any of the foregoing conditions of release may result in the immediate issuance of a warrant of arrest, a revocation of the order of release, an order of detention, a forfeiture of any bond, and a prosecution for contempt of court and could result in imprisonment, a fine, or both,” the release papers say.

Arrested with Maxwell last year were Anthony Cyntje, a corrections officer from Passaic, Anthony Leonardi and Kavaughn L. “KV” Wiggins, both of Coram, NY, Robert Leonardi of Levittown, PA, and Brian Sullivan of Lake Grove, NY.

Warranted searches during the investigation turned up 35 pounds of cocaine, nearly 4 ½ pounds of heroin, as well as fentanyl, $1.5 million in drug cash and several weapons, including two 9mm handguns, a rifle and two pistols, federal authorities said at the time.

Cyntje and Robert Leonardi both pleaded guilty earlier this year and are awaiting sentencing pending the outcome of the case against the others.

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