Israel Adesanya Calls Marvin Vettori a F*ckboy Ahead of UFC 263

Published 06/12/2021, 4:17 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 05: UFC interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya of New Zealand poses for the media during the UFC seasonal press conference at T-Mobile Arena on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori are set to clash in a rematch at UFC 263. The champion defeated ‘The Italian Dream’ by split decision in 2018.

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The stakes are even higher this time with the 185lbs belt on the line. The build-up has been as entertaining as one can ask for, with both men going guns blazing at the other.

Recently in an interview, Izzy dropped another bomb on Vettori. When asked by Laura Sanko if Vettori has created the same sort of animosity as Paulo Costa, Adesanya labeled his next opponent as a ‘Fu*kboy’. Needless to say, these exchanges only make the fight more entertaining.

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He can’t help himself, he can try. By tomorrow, you have till tomorrow to change who you are as a person. But unfortunately, he is a fu*kboy. So he won’t be able to do that,” said Adesanya.

This sort of verbal abuse is not something new from both sides. They haven’t spared each other any room for comfort at all so far. One can only hope that translates to the Octagon when the bell rings in the main event. And if their first fight is anything to go by, fans are in for a treat in this one too.

Adesanya has been on a hot streak in the middleweight division since entering the promotion. Vettori has managed to put together a 5-fight winning streak as well since his 2018 loss to ‘Stylebender’.

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Many believe Jan Blachowicz has laid out the blueprint to beat Adesanya in their clash at UFC 259. However, that’s not necessarily the case as ‘Stylebender’ has shown great takedown defense in the rest of his UFC career. Vettori will look to take the fight to the ground, one might assume.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Israel Adesanya makes his way to the Octagon for the Middleweight title bout during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

But he might just have to face the best version of Adesanya to date as the champion will be determined to bounce back stronger than ever after suffering his first career loss. The fight obviously promises to be a banger.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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