UFC 263

UFC 263: Latest News, Fight Card, Where to Watch

UFC 263 is on the horizon as the biggest MMA organization in the world makes its way to Glendale, Arizona. The fight card boasts two title fights to close out the night at the Gila River Arena. Chiefly, the UFC has had two successful trips to capacity arenas in the post-pandemic era with Arizona being the third stop.

The fight card features something for everyone with high-level bouts from several weight classes sprinkled throughout. What’s more, UFC 263 will also be remembered for having the first non-title fight to feature five-round action instead of three. The MMA world was taken by storm when it was revealed that Nate Diaz’s return to action will be historic as he’s scheduled to fight Leon Edwards for five, five-minute rounds.

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UFC 263- Main Card

Weight ClassFighters
Middleweight[C] Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori
Flyweight[C] Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno
WelterweightLeon Edwards vs Nate Diaz
WelterweightDemian Maia vs Belal Muhammad
Light HeavyweightPaul Craig vs Jamahal Hill

The main event of the card that closes the show features Israel Adesanya’s third title defense against Marvin Vettori. Both men met back in 2018 and Vettori gave Adesanya one of his hardest fights in the UFC. ‘The Italian Dream’ believes he can convert his split decision loss into a career-defining title fight win. Not to mention, it’s also Adesanya’s first appearance since losing for the first time in pro-MMA.

The gauntlet of high-level talent continues to turn with an explosive five-round flyweight title fight rematch. Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno went to war at UFC 256 and their ‘Fight of the Night’ scrap ended in a draw. The elite 125-pounders will step inside the cage and settle the score once and for all.

The main card continues to deliver as Nate Diaz makes his historic comeback against number 3 ranked Leon Edwards. A win over ‘Rocky’ would mean that Diaz would be the top contender to challenge Kamaru Usman for the belt.

Moreover, veteran Demian Maia takes on surging contender Belal Muhammad who had a disappointing outing against Edwards. The main card will be brought over by light heavyweights Paul Craig and Jamahal Hill who are explosive fighters.

UFC 263- Preliminary Card

Weight classFighters
LightweightDrew Dober vs Brad Riddell
Light HeavyweightEryk Anders vs Darren Stewart
Women FlyweightLauren Murphy vs Joanne Calderwood
FeatherweightMovsar Evloev vs Hakeem Dawodu

Rising lightweights Drew Dober and Brad Riddell take the center of the cage to close out the preliminary card at UFC 263. Moreover, there’s a marquee number one contender bout that is set to go down between Lauren Murphy and Joanne Calderwood. Both women have shown good looks in their previous outings and the winner could be in pole position.

The UFC is always in need of fresh faces to challenge flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko and UFC 263’s bout will probably produce her next challenger.

UFC 263- Early Preliminary Card

Weight classFighters
Women BantamweightPannie Kianzad vs Alexis Davis
LightweightFrank Camacho vs Matt Frevola
FeatherweightChase Hooper vs Steven Peterson
LightweightFares Ziam vs Luigi Vendramini
HeavyweightCarlos Felipe vs Jake Collier

The early prelims section of UFC 263 features five fights that range all the way from heavyweight to women’s bantamweight. Two scraps in particular stick out as potential contenders to lock in ‘Fight of the Night’ honors based on past performances. Frank Camacho vs Matt Frevola and Fares Ziam vs Luigi Vendramini has been earmarked by fans as all the aforementioned fighters bring it.

Additionally, fan-favorite fighter Chase Hooper looks to charter a new course after having a dicey performance in his last fight. Despite getting beaten for the majority of the fight, Hooper made sure to pull off the comeback victory and will want to assert himself at UFC 263.

Where to Watch UFC 263?

The early prelims section of the fight card takes place on the UFC Fight Pass streaming service and starts at 3:30 PM PDT. Furthermore, the preliminary card airs on ESPN or ESPN+ and takes place two hours after the start of the show. The stellar main card takes place at 7:00 PM PDT and can be ordered on ESPN +

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TSN and RDS will broadcast UFC 263 fight card live in Canada while Australian MMA fans will be able to watch UFC 263 unfold Foxtell, Fetch TV, and ESPN PPV.

Ten Sports Network will feature the event in India while DAZN will be the place to go for fight fans hailing from Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland.

What time does UFC 263 start?

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United StatesEarly Prelims: 3:00 PM PDT, 6:00 PM ET

 

Preliminary Card: 5:00 PM PDT, 8:00 PM ET

 

Main Card: 7:00 PM PDT, 10:00 PM ET

 

Sat, 12 June

 

United KingdomEarly Prelims: 11:00 PM BST            Sat, 12 June

 

Preliminary Card: 1:00 AM BST  Sun, 13 June

 

Main Card: 3:00 AM BST  Sun, 13 June

IndiaEarly Prelims: 3:30 AM IST

 

Preliminary Card: 5:30 AM IST

 

Main Card: 7:30 AM IST

 

Sun, 13 June

 

Australia:Early Prelims: 8:00 AM AEST

 

Preliminary Card: 10:00 AM AEST

 

Main Card: 12:00 AM AEST

 

Sun, 13 June