UFC 263: Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori 2: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/09/2021, 12:57 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after defeating Paulo Costa of Brazil in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


Israel Adesanya will face Marvin Vettori in a rematch at UFC 263 this weekend. The duo previously fought in 2018 with ‘The Last Stylebender’ claiming a split decision win. This time the stakes are even higher as the champion will put his belt on the line against ‘The Italian Dream’.

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Adesanya is coming off a loss in his last fight against Jan Blachowicz. ‘Stylebender’ moved up a weight class to achieve the elusive double champ status. However, despite failing in his bid to create history, he will be determined to prove that middleweight is still his division with a win this weekend.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: Israel Adesanya of New Zealand is introduced prior to his middleweight bout against Anderson Silva of Brazil during the UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena on February 10, 2019 in the Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

As for Vettori, he is currently on a 5-fight winning streak in the middleweight division. Since his loss to Adesanya, ‘The Italian Dream’ has picked up 4 decisions and a submission win in the UFC. As Vettori strongly believes he won the first fight against the current champion, he will aim to leave no doubts on Saturday.

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Adesanya has a professional record of 20-1 with 15 knockouts under his belt. Vettori’s record stands at 17-4. His total of 11 wins comprises 2 T/KO and 9 submission wins.

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Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori 2: Analysis

Having already fought each other, both men will know what they are going up against. Adesanya arguably won the first 2 rounds in their previous contest with Vettori clinching the third.

But this time, Vettori might start fast and get the first round over the champion with his pressure and takedown attempts. However, Adesanya’s takedown defense should eventually come into play as the fight progresses. This might leave the Italian exhausted and gasping for air later in the contest.

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Stylebender‘ should be able to capitalize on that and eventually finish Vettori in the fourth round of the contest by stacking him up against the cage. The pressure later in the fight might just be too much for Vettori to absorb.

Final Prediction: Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya by fourth-round T/KO.

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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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