‘This Fight I Dedicate to You Fau’- Israel Adesanya Sends a Touching Tribute to Deceased Teammate Fau Vake After UFC 263

Published 06/13/2021, 1:55 AM EDT


UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya spoke out on the mic after defending his belt for the third time at UFC 263. ‘The Last Stylebender’ won a dominant decision over Marvin Vettori and put an end to their rivalry. Chiefly, both men have had a professional rivalry brewing since they fought back in April 2018.

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However, there wasn’t much left to chance in the second outing, as Adesanya put on a striking clinic. After the win, Israel Adesanya candidly spoke to Joe Rogan about his teammate, Fau Vake, who was murdered in an altercation. ‘Izzy’ was emotional as he dedicated his most recent victory to his City Kickboxing Teammate.

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“One of our boys, one of the guys that was on his way up to this UFC, got murdered. Let’s not mince words, he got murdered by some thugs who are still walking around free, but I just want to say, Fau Vake, I love you, man…All love, you know what we do. This fight I dedicate to you, Fau.”

“Even in his last sparring with me, he whooped my a**, whooped my a** so I have to give you credit, Fau. Trust me, I’m never going to get that one back, but I’m glad you whopped my a** on your last sparring.”

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Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori: Fight recap

The story of the fight was leg kicks by Adesanya as he systematically aimed to break down Marvin Vettori. ‘The Italian Dream’ came prepared to tussle with Adesanya in grappling range, however, he found mixed success. Vettori expended a lot of energy trying to get Adesanya down and ended up losing vital position.

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‘The Last Stylebender’ proved that his TD defense was up to the mark after his disappointing loss to Jan Blachowicz. He remains undefeated as a middleweight and will be keen to continue his reign of dominance.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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