After developing brief in his quest to change into a two-division champion, Israel Adesanya will return to the middleweight division to defend his title in a rematch three years within the making towards Marvin Vettori at UFC 263.
Adesanya’s undefeated MMA run got here to a halt when he did not dethrone Jan Blachowicz for the sunshine heavyweight title in March. He stays the undisputed UFC middleweight champion, nevertheless, and has but to style defeat at 185 kilos. He’ll sq. off with Vettori, who pushed Adesanya to the restrict once they first met however misplaced a break up resolution. Because the loss, Vettori has received 5 straight to place himself again in place to not solely get revenge but in addition change into a champion.
However Adesanya has proven vital enchancment in his takedown protection since their first assembly and picked up victories over the likes of Paulo Costa, Yoel Romero, Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum and Robert Whittaker. Solely Vettori has come near defeating Adesanya within the division, so that’s one thing “The Final Stylebender” goals to place to mattress within the rematch.
There was vital dangerous blood between the 2 fighters heading into the rematch as each consider they did greater than sufficient to win their first assembly. Now they may get an opportunity to again up the robust speak within the Octagon with the stakes increased.
Additionally on the cardboard is a flyweight title rematch between champion Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno. The 2 battled in a high-octane match that led to a majority draw. Will Figueiredo show he’s nonetheless the perfect flyweight within the UFC, or will Moreno pull off the upset?
The PPV can even mark the return of Nate Diaz, who will face Leon Edwards in a five-round welterweight battle the place the winner will transfer nearer to a championship alternative whereas the loser will fall to the again of the road.
Sporting Information is monitoring stay battle updates and round-by-round highlights from Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori 2 and the complete card at UFC 263. Observe beneath for full outcomes.
UFC 263 stay updates, highlights from Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori 2
Israel Adesanya retains with hanging clinic towards Marvin Vettori
Outcome: Too simple for Adesanya
Spherical 5 (1:16 a.m.): Adesanya feints and lands a head kick. Leg kick follows. Vettori shoots for a takedown. Nothing. They separate and Adesanya lands one other head kick. Vettori tries one other takedown. Nope. Detrimental. He’s simply hanging on now. Referee breaks them up. Left hand by Adesanya. Extra leg kicks. Vettori shoots for a takedown. Battle ends and Adesanya laughs. 10-9 Adesanya (50-45 Adesanya)
Spherical 4 (1:09 a.m.): Izzy is tearing that leg up. Vettori remains to be coming for him however struggles to search out something. Vettori goes for a takedown. Lastly will get him down however Adesanya sweeps instantly. Again to the ft and Izzy sinks one other leg kick. Vettori lands a proper hand and clinches. Izzy escapes. Man, he’s killing that leg. Two punch combo ends with a leg kick from Adesanya. Vettori pushes ahead and fires. Lands one out of 6. head kick by Adesanya. Vettori shoots for an additional takedown. Adesanya squeezes Vettori’s butt because the spherical involves a detailed. Yup, he did that. 10-9 Adesanya (40-36 Adesanya)
Spherical 3 (1:02 a.m.): Vettori shoots for a takedown and will get it. Huge confidence booster. Vettori in half guard. Vettori takes Adesanya’s again! He’s going for a choke! Izzy reverses and is on prime! They scramble and get to their ft. Unintentional eye poke by Adesanya causes a break within the motion. Adesanya cracks Vettori with an enormous uppercut and staggers him with a leg kick. Adesanya appears to be performed playing around. Proper uppercut lands. One other leg kick. Vettori’s leg is in hassle. Vettori is burning out. Leg kick places Vettori down. Izzy factors at Vettori’s leg. Adesanya kicks Vettori within the nether areas proper earlier than the tip of the spherical. 10-9 Adesanya (30-27 Adesanya)
Spherical 2 (12:56 a.m.): Spherical 2 begins. Adesanya lands one other exhausting leg kick. Head kick by Adesanya. He’s piecing Vettori up. Adesanya with a counter proper hand. Leg kicks. Vettori shoots for a takedown. Adesanya clubbing with elbows. Vettori can’t take him down. Head kick by Adesanya lands. Vettori simply swinging at air. Proper hand by Izzy. One other head kick. Izzy is killing Vettori’s leg. Vettori presses and goes for an additional takedown. Izzy with one other collection of elbows. They separate once more. Adesanya barely misses a head kick. Lands a head kick to shut the spherical. 10-9 Adesanya (20-18 Adesanya)
Spherical 1 (12:51 a.m.): Izzy with a leg kick. And one other. And one other. Vettori making use of strain however misses. Vettori lands some leg kicks. Physique kick by Adesanya. Leg kick caught by Vettori and he takes Izzy down. Adesanya will get to his ft. Vettori nonetheless has a maintain of Izzy. They separate. Izzy with one other leg kick. Vettori misses a bunch of punches and Izzy rattles a fast mixture. Adesanya with a head kick that’s partially blocked. Vettori comes ahead however Adesanya is killing the leg. Mixture by Izzy lands and ends with a head kick. Regardless of the takedown the hanging was masterful from Adesanya. 10-9 Adesanya
12:25 a.m.: What an evening! And now we nonetheless have another battle left as Israel Adesanya seems to be to defend the middleweight title towards his rival Marvin Vettori.
Brandon Moreno dominates and submits Deiveson Figueiredo for flyweight title
Outcome (12:20 a.m.): A fully dominant efficiency by Brandon Moreno to tug off the upset and change into the brand new UFC flyweight title. He owned the battle from begin to end with crisp hanging and takedowns. Figueiredo had no reply for Moreno and the rear-naked choke punctuated a stellar outing by the brand new champion. Phenomenal.
Spherical 3 (12:16 a.m.): You need to surprise how a lot the burden minimize has affected Figueiredo. Figueiredo lands a jab and a kick to the physique. Moreno with a leg kick. Figueiredo simply wings an enormous punch that Moreno sees coming. Moreno takes Figueiredo down and will get his again! Moreno going for a rear bare choke! It’s getting deeper however Figueiredo breaks the maintain. Moreno working to get the choke sunk in. Moreno sinks within the choke! Figueiredo faucets! New champion!!!
Spherical 2 (12:13 a.m.): Moreno lands a tough jab however Figueiredo fees in and takes Moreno down. Figueiredo fishing for a guillotine. Moreno sweeps and they’re to their ft. Moreno takes Figueiredo down. Not so much occurring on the bottom in the intervening time. They briefly scramble and Moreno falls again into Figueiredo’s guard. Robust begin by Moreno. 10-9 Moreno (20-18 Moreno)
Spherical 1 (12:06 a.m.): Moreno pumping the jab. Lands a leg kick. Figueiredo steps in with a knee. Moreno throws a 3 punch mixture. Figueiredo not doing a lot. Moreno very lively. Moreno lands a body-head mixture. Moreno drops Figueiredo and dives into his guard. Figueiredo sweeps and will get to his ft. Doesn’t appear to be broken. Physique kick by Moreno. Very robust opening spherical by the challenger. 10-9 Moreno
11:50 p.m.: Co-main occasion time. Deiveson Figueiredo defends his flyweight title in a rematch with Brandon Moreno. They final met in December and that battle led to a majority draw. What occurs tonight?
Leon Edwards survives late scare from Nate Diaz to win unanimous resolution.
Outcome (11:46 p.m.): Whew. That was a detailed name for Edwards. The judges all scored it 49-46 for Edwards however Diaz definitely earned himself one other huge battle by almost pulling off a large upset within the last spherical. However, alas, it was Edwards’ evening and we’ll see if that is sufficient to get him the title battle he is been searching for.
Spherical 5 (11:41 p.m.): Diaz runs proper into a mixture to open the fifth. Diaz urgent forwards however can’t land something of significance. One other left hand by Edwards lands. I need to say Diaz is getting beat up however he’s simply chilling. Diaz lands a left hand and follows with a proper that briefly stuns Edwards. Physique kick from Edwards. Edwards with a 3 punch mixture and Diaz simply strikes ahead. Diaz with a proper hand that hurts Edwards dangerous!!!! Diaz pouring it on! Edwards is shook and Diaz is coming after him. Diaz unloading! Edwards in huge hassle! Diaz slamming punches into Edwards! Edwards survives however oh my goodness. 10-9 Diaz (49-46 Edwards)
Spherical 4 (11:35 p.m.): Edwards rams a knee into Diaz’s ribs. Diaz lands a proper hand. Follows with a left however Edwards isn’t bothered and lands a leg kick. Edwards SMASHES Diaz with a left hand. Diaz wobbles and regains composure. Offers him a thumbs up. One other left hand by Edwards. Edwards with a visit and Diaz provides him props as he will get to his ft. One other left hand by Edwards. It’s changing into one-way visitors. Diaz lands a tough mixture and clinches with him. Edwards turns him and misses an enormous elbow. Brief left elbow by Edwards lands. Extra blood. Edwards slaps Diaz up with a left hook. One other spherical down, one other spherical for Edwards. 10-9 Edwards (40-36 Edwards)
Spherical 3 (11:29 p.m.): Edwards cracks Diaz with a left hand. Edwards chewing at Diaz’s leg with kicks. Edwards takes Diaz down once more off the clinch. Edwards shreds Diaz with an elbow. Diaz is leaking blood. Diaz has two nasty cuts. They cease the motion as a result of Diaz cup is hanging out. Motion resumes and Diaz slaps away Edwards’ handshake. Edwards with one other takedown. Blood is all over the place. Diaz will get to his ft and eats a spinning elbow from Edwards. Complete domination from Edwards because the spherical involves an finish. 10-9 Edwards (30-27 Edwards)
Spherical 2 (11:23 p.m.): Each are looking for their vary. Edwards lands a left hand. They change proper palms. Edwards lands a 1-2 mixture. Edwards continues to land leg kicks. They clinch once more. Edwards with a takedown and in half guard. Diaz threatens a heel hook however Edwards escapes. Onerous leg kick clearly hurts Diaz. Diaz turns round and bends over in entrance of Edwards and turns again into him with a punch. Plenty of thoughts video games from Diaz. Diaz clinches with Edwards however eats a spinning elbow to finish the spherical. 10-9 Edwards. (20-18 Edwards)
Spherical 1 (11:17 p.m.): Loud chants for Diaz to begin the battle. Diaz turns his again on Edwards, Edwards relaxes and Diaz rushes him. Nothing huge lands. Leg kick by Edwards. Edwards chopping on the leg. Proper hand lands by Edwards. Left hand lands by Edwards and one other leg kick. Physique shot from Diaz. Diaz lands a left hand. Throws his palms as much as say “what’s up?” They clinch and Diaz rams a knee into Edwards’ ribs. Edwards takes Diaz down and has his again. Edwards threatens a rear-naked choke. They get to their ft and Edwards lands one final calf kick to shut the spherical. 10-9 Edwards.
11:03 p.m.: It is time for the return of Nate Diaz! It has been over 18 months since we final noticed the fan-favorite and he’ll return to the Octagon to face Leon Edwards in a five-round showdown with heavy championship implications.
Belal Muhammad stuffs a number of takedowns to upend Demian Maia
10:58 p.m.: Nicely, that wasn’t a complete lot of enjoyable. Demian Maia tried takedown after takedown. 20 of them, to be precise. And Muhammad stuffed takedown after takedown. That is actually all that occurred in three rounds. Nothing to jot down about. Muhammad wins with a powerful efficiency. Keep in mind the title however you may neglect concerning the battle.
10:32 p.m.: Now that we have gathered ourselves after being sickened to our stomachs, we have now a welterweight battle between MMA O.G. Demian Maia and Belal Muhammad. Muhammad returns to motion after going to a No Contest with Leon Edwards after an unintended eye poke whereas the 43-year-old Maia returns for his first battle in over a yr when he was stopped by Gilbert Burns.
Paul Craig grotesquely breaks Jamahal Hill’s arm for a first-round end
10:24 p.m.: Oh my goodness. Paul Craig will get the first-round end by grotesquely breaking Hill’s arm in an armbar. However Hill did not faucet and Craig torqued on it extra. Though it was clear that the arm was snapped, the referee allowed the battle to proceed as Craig slammed fists into his opponent as Hill’s arm flopped round. Lastly, the battle was stopped however Hill’s arm wants medical consideration in a rush.
10:13 p.m.: Paul Craig and Jamahal Hill are set to kick off the primary card. Their staredown on the weigh-ins on Friday was intense. It is a battle of Hill’s ferocious hanging and Craig’s distinctive grappling. Who will come out on prime?
9:58 p.m.: Good luck to the remainder of the cardboard. Dober and Riddell was an absolute banger. Dober began off robust and rocked Riddell badly within the first spherical with a left hand. However Riddell gathered himself and outstruck his opponent within the second spherical. The third spherical noticed Riddell start to tug away and he punctuated the comeback by almost ending Dober within the last seconds. Riddell earned the victory and they’re going to doubtless take residence a pleasant bonus verify.
9:36 p.m.: We’re at our last prelim earlier than the primary card as Drew Dober is about to battle Brad Riddell in a light-weight conflict. What have you ever missed? Not a complete lot. Lauren Murphy upended Joanne Calderwood by a slim break up resolution that doubtless put her in place to problem champion Valentina Shevchenko subsequent.
Oh, after which there was this…
The debuting Terrance McKinney wanted solely seven seconds and two punches to cease Matt Frevola. That was spectacular.
UFC 263 begin time
- Date: Saturday, June 12
- Time: 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT
- Principal card (PPV): 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
- Principal occasion: 12:15 a.m. ET/9:15 p.m. PT
UFC 263: Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori takes place Saturday with the early prelims kicking the occasion off at 6 p.m. ET and the pay-per-view essential card starting at 10 p.m. ET. Adesanya and Vettori ought to enter the Octagon round 12:15 a.m. ET, relying on the size of the undercard bouts.
Methods to watch UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2
- TV channels/stay stream: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+
The primary card for UFC 263 is offered within the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service for a pay-per-view value. That portion of the occasion begins at 10 p.m.
Earlier fights, nevertheless, are viewable stay on ESPN, the WatchESPN app and, for the early prelims, on UFC Battle Cross.
In Canada, the primary card pay-per-view is offered on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Battle Cross.
UFC 263 battle card
- Israel Adesanya def. Marvin Vettori by way of unanimous resolution to retain middleweight title (50-45, 50-45 & 50-45)
- Brandon Moreno def. Deiveson Figueiredo for flyweight title by way of third spherical submission (2:26)
- Leon Edwards def. Nate Diaz by way of unanimous resolution (49-46, 49-46 & 49-46)
- Belal Muhammad def. Demian Maia by way of unanimous resolution (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28)
- Paul Craig def. Jamahal Hill by way of 1st spherical TKO (1:59)
- Brad Riddell def. Drew Dober by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28)
- Eryk Anders def. Darren Stewart by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-27 & 29-27)
- Lauren Murphy def. Joanne Calderwood by way of break up resolution (29-28, 29-28 & 28-29)
- Movsar Evloev def. Hakeem Dawodu by way of unanimous resolution (29-27 29-27 & 29-27)
Battle Cross prelims
- Pannie Kianzad def. Alexis Davis by way of unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28)
- Terrance McKinney def. Matt Frevola by way of 1st spherical KO (:07)
- Steven Peterson def. Chase Hooper by way of unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28)
- Fares Ziam def. Luigi Vendramini by way of majorty resolution (29-28, 29-28 & 28-28)
- Carlos Felipe def. Jake Collier by way of break up resolution (29-28, 29-28 & 28-29)