Derek Brunson, Francis Ngannou and Other UFC Stars React as Israel Adesanya Defends His Belt for the Third Time at UFC 263

Published 06/13/2021, 1:24 AM EDT

The main event at UFC 263 featured a rematch three years in the making. Marvin Vettori took on a familiar face in Israel Adesanya with the UFC middleweight belt on the line this time around.


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Vettori believed that he had improved a lot more than Adesanya since their first fight. He also believed that Jan Blachowicz exposed a gaping hole in Adesanya’s game, which he would also take advantage of. However, ‘The Last Stylebender’ proved his championship mettle by stuffing takedowns and getting back to his feet when he was taken down.

With the performance tonight, ‘Izzy’ defended his belt for the third time and stayed undefeated at 185-pounds in the UFC.


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Twitter reacts as Israel Adesanya makes it 2-0 against Marvin Vettori at UFC 263

Marc Raimondi commented on a wonderful night of fights for the fans.

NFL star David Njoku tweeted in support of Adesanya.

Israel Adesanya walked out towards the octagon in style.

The Schmo shared a clip of the crowd going wild as ‘Izzy’ made his walk.

Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman made a bold prediction in favor of his friend Israel Adesanya.

Ariel Helwani scored round one to Israel Adesanya.

Robert Griffin III also scored the first round for ‘Izzy’.

Andre Fili commented on Adesanya’s striking prowess.

2-0 to Israel Adesanya per Ryan Frederick.

A fan commented on the brutal leg kicks that Vettori was absorbing.

Francis Ngannou, who was in attendance, shared a clip of Israel Adesanya walking out.

Derek Brunson commented on the rivalry between Adesanya and Vettori.

Ariel Helwani shared his thoughts on the fight towards the end of round four.

4-0 to Adesanya per Rob Tatum.

A fan had an interesting perspective on the fight. Do you agree with his statement?

Another fan commented on Israel Adesanya’s takedown defense at UFC 263.

Light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz congratulated his former foe on an excellent performance.

A rematch between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya anyone?

Israel Adesanya dedicated the win to his teammate who tragically passed away during the build-up to his fight.


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Former champion Robert Whittaker sent a message to his foe.


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What did you make of Israel Adesanya’s performance? Did the fight play out as you had predicted? Let us know in the comments below!


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