UFC 263- Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori: Fight Card Details

Published 05/31/2021, 6:30 AM EDT

The UFC heads to Arizona for its third live event since the pandemic. The first two live shows were a massive success as the promotion sold out both arenas and set records for live attendance. As more and more states open, the UFC has been scheduling events in different states.


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For their event in Arizona, the promotion has gone with two title fights. The card also features a host of extremely good non-title fights that fans will be delighted to witness. Here’s everything you need to know about the fight card that is UFC 263

Date:- 06/12/21


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Venue:- Gila River Arena  

Early Preliminary Card 

Carlos Felipe vs Jake Collier (Heavyweight)

Fares Ziam vs Luigi Vendramini (lightweight)

Chase Hooper vs Steven Peterson (Featherweight)

Frank Camacho vs Matt Frevola (Lightweight)

Pannie Kianzad vs Alexis Davis (Bantamweight)

Preliminary Card 

Movsar Evloev vs Hakeem Dawodu (Featherweight)

Lauren Murphy vs Joanne Calderwood (Flyweight)

Eryk Anders vs Darren Stewart (Light heavyweight)

Drew Dober vs Brad Riddell (Lightweight)

Main Card 

Paul Craig vs Jamahal Hill (Light heavyweight)

Demian Maia vs Belal Muhammad (Welterweight)

Leon Edwards vs Nate Diaz (Welterweight)

Deiveson Figueiredo (c) vs Brandon Moreno (Flyweight)

Israel Adesanya (c) vs Marvin Vettori (Middleweight)


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Can the champions Israel Adesanya and Deiveson Figueiredo defend their belts at UFC 263?

For both champions, ‘Daico’ and ‘The Last Stylebender’, the men standing across the cage from them on June 12 will be familiar faces. Adesanya previously faced Vettori early on in his career. Although Adesanya won the fight, it was not his most convincing performance as he secured a split decision win over ‘The Italian Dream’. 


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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria poses on the scale during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Figueiredo and Moreno, on the other hand, put on a fight of the year contender at UFC 256. They both took the fight on short notice and made a quick turnaround after their UFC 255 fights. Both men swung leather from the very minute of the fight, displaying tremendous heart to last all five rounds. 

Now with a full training camp and over six months of time away from the sport, both fighters will be ready and energized to put on a splendid display. 


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