UFC 263: Israel Adesanya Vs. Marvin Vettori 2 Location Almost Finalized

Published 04/28/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 13: (L-R) UFC President Dana White places the interim middleweight championship belt on Israel Adesanya after defeating Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision in their interim middleweight championship bout during the UFC 236 event at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


A rematch between the current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and the #3 middleweight contender Marvin Vettori will headline the UFC 263 event on Saturday, 12 June 2021. It will be an intriguing fight, as the champion will enter the cage on the back of his first MMA loss. However, he is still the belt holder as he suffered a defeat at light heavyweight.

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Another enticing aspect of this fight will be that his opponent, Marvin Vettori, took him to the judges’ scorecards in their first fight and suffered a split decision loss. Given that first fight, and Adesanya‘s susceptibility to grappling exposed at UFC 259, fans have been curious about the location as they would want to be in the arena for this blockbuster.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Jan Blachowicz of Poland celebrates after his victory over Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

According to MMA Island, the venue of the UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2 is almost finalized. The UFC 263 event is going to take place in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix Suns Arena is a probable location for the event.

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Another option is the Glendale Arena (also known as Gila River Arena). There have already been other UFC events in this Arena, for example, UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje in 2018. Hence, this venue is also a candidate. And considering the UFC 263 main event, it would be a fitting venue as Adesanya and Vettori clashed for the first time at the Glendale Arena itself.

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UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2 main fight card

As per the official UFC website, the officially announced main fight card is public knowledge. Apart from the middleweight title fight, there will be a title fight in the co-main event as well.

Deiveson Figueiredo will defend his UFC flyweight title against the #1 UFC flyweight contender Brandon Moreno. The pair first clashed at the UFC 256 main event and fought to a majority draw in a classic back-and-forth bout.

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There will also be an exciting lightweight bout between Drew Dober and Brad Riddell. Also, the #8 UFC welterweight contender Demian Maia will clash against the #12 welterweight contender Belal Muhammad.

Overall, the entire UFC 263 main fight card is full of exciting fights and if rumors are true, the town of Phoenix will have a massive show on offer.

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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