Mick Maynard’s Shoes: What’s next for champs Alex Pereira, Zhang Weili after UFC 281 wins?

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UFC 281 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York marked a changing of the guard in two weight classes. Alex Pereira and Zhang Weili both exited the event as new champions.

In the headliner, Pereira (7-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) once again got the better of Israel Adesanya (23-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) when he claimed the middleweight title with a fifth-round TKO in a memorable battle. The co-headliner saw Weili (23-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) reclaim the strawweight strap with a second-round submission of Carla Esparza (19-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC).

Whom should the new champions fight next? Watch the video above for thoughts analysis on their respective futures after UFC 281.

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Twitter reacts to Alex Pereira's stunning title-winning TKO of Israel Adesanya at UFC 281


Twitter reacts to Zhang Weili's title-winning submission of Carla Esparza at UFC 281

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