The UFC 263 was super-exciting, and the fans had the opportunity to see fantastic action. Israel Adesanya defeated Marvin Vettori, Brandon Moreno shocked Deiveson Figueiredo, while Leon Edwards did beat Nate Diaz, but barely surviving a scare in the last moments of the bout.
Izzy (21-1) would retain his UFC middleweight title after a unanimous decision win over the challenger, Marvin Vettori (17-5-1). All three judges scored in his favor with the same result, 50-45.
It was the 10th straight UFC middleweight win for the champion, who now trails only Anderson Silva with 13.
Adesanya was perfect in this one, keeping the distance with strong leg kicks, slowly chopping Vettori’s leading leg, and collecting points through kickboxing. Even though the Italian had four takedowns, Izzy managed to get away from the canvas and turn back the tide in his favor on each occasion.
In the end, he had 96 significant strikes, compared to 58 by Vettori, who didn’t have many chances to hurt his rival. Unlike the match from three years ago, once Adesanya posted a suspicious split decision win, there were no doubts about who won tonight’s event.
Following the match, the champion called out Robert Whittaker, the guy against whom he won the title. It seems that we might expect this match late this year.
In the sensation of the night, Brandon Moreno Moreno (19-5-2) took away the UFC flyweight title from Deiveson Figueiredo (20-2-1). Moreno sealed his upset with a rear-naked choke with 2:26 inside the third round, leaving the majority of fans inside Gila River Arena speechless.
He would once again go against the odds and shut down all the critics. Also, Moreno became the first Mexican-born champion in UFC history, which is a massive honor for this country.
In the most exciting event of the night, Leon Edwards defeated Nate Diaz with a unanimous decision (49-46 al three judges), but it needs to be said that the Brit had a lot of luck.
He dominated the octagon in the first three rounds, but the situation began to change in the fourth. In the final five minutes, it was all about Nate Diaz, who was smashing and bashing “Rocky,” missing a chance to close the match following one huge combo and allowing Edwards to survive.
There is no doubt that if the fight lasted for one more round, Diaz would post a KO win.