UFC 263 Reside Scores and Evaluation – Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori 2

GLENDALE, Arizona – UFC 263 headliner Israel Adesanya defends his middleweight title against Marvin Vettori in Saturday’s Stacked Card main event. Adesanya defeated Vettori by split decision in 2018, a close fight that has been one of the toughest for Adesanya on the road to the title. Vettori firmly believes he won this fight – and he wants to remove any doubts with UFC gold at stake.

Adesanya, who will be battling for his third successful title defense, is number 3 on ESPN’s pound-for-pound list, and he is No. 1 middleweight while Vettori is No. 6 in the division.

Vettori (17-4-1) has won five times in a row. The native Italian has not lost since that fight with Adesanya in April 2018. He tries to become the first Italian-born fighter to win a UFC title.

Two title fights between well-known opponents make UFC 263 headlines. Israel Adesanya will defend his middleweight title against Marvin Vettori, whom he defeated by split decision in April 2018. Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno will fight for the flyweight championship for the second time after a draw in December.

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• Saturday, Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
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In the co-main event, Deiveson Figueiredo defends his flyweight title in a rematch against Brandon Moreno. The two fought for a majority draw last December at UFC 256 in one of the best fights of the year. Figueiredo (20-1-1), 33, and Moreno (18-5-2), 27, are each unbeaten in six straight. If Moreno wins, he will be the first Mexico-born fighter to take UFC gold.

Also on the map, Leon Edwards competes in a five-round non-title fight against fan favorite Nate Diaz, who could be a welterweight title eliminator. Edwards (18-3, NC 1), a Jamaican-born Englishman, is unbeaten in nine straight bouts. Fighting from Stockton, California, Diaz (20-12) has not fought for the mythical BMF title at UFC 244 since losing to Jorge Masvidal in November 2019. He is looking for his first win since August 2019.

Additionally, veteran welterweight Demian Maia will face Belal Muhammad, light heavyweight contestant Jamahal Hill will take on sly Paul Craig, and Lauren Murphy will face Joanne Calderwood in a potential women’s flyweight knockout.

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Fight in progress:

Men’s featherweight: Movsar Evloev (14-0, 4-0 UFC, -240) vs. Hakeem Dawodu (12-1-1, 5-1 UFC, +200)


Women’s bantamweight: Pannie Kianzad (16-5, 4-2 UFC) defeated Alexis Davis (20-11, 7-6 UFC) by unanimous decision

Summary is coming.

Lightweight: Terrance McKinney (11-3, 1-0 UFC) defeated Matt Frevola (8-3-1, 2-3-1 UFC) by first-round knockout

Terrance McKinney finished Matt Frevola on UFC 263 in seven seconds and then injured his knee in a party. Christian Petersen / Getty Images

It only took seven seconds, but a lot happened on McKinney’s UFC debut.

McKinney (11-3), who briefly accepted the lightweight competition against Frevola (8-3-1), recorded the fastest break in the division’s history when he knocked out Frevola in just seven seconds.

McKinney’s debut even caught the attention of UFC superstar Jorge Masvidal, who tweeted, “So close!” The tweet referred to Masvidal’s record 5-second knockout due to a flying knee against Ben Askren in 2019.

So close! # ufc263

– Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) June 12, 2021

After the interruption, McKinney jumped out of the cage celebrating and injured his right knee. He said afterwards that he would be fine even though he was limping out of the arena.

McKinney dropped Frevola on his chin with his left hand in the opening change. Frevola tried to straighten from the shot, but McKinney followed him with several hammer fists to finish the job. It is his fourth result in a row in the first round.

The 26-year-old, who is fighting out of Spokane, Washington, fought Jan.

– Okamoto

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Men’s featherweight: Steven Peterson (19-9, 3-3 UFC) defeated Chase Hooper (10-2-1, 2-2 UFC) by unanimous decision

The easiest route to victory for Peterson would have been to keep the fight going, as his opponent was a highly skilled grapple with limited hitting play. Instead, he spent most of the three rounds with Hooper on screen. He spent a significant amount of that time inflicting damage from above, but in the end, Peterson won by surviving Hooper’s strongest attempt at submission.

Two of the judges gave Peterson all three rounds, and the other rated the fight 29:28.

Peterson, a 31-year-old from Dallas, did some tough work on his feet, but most of his best work on screen, fending off an uninterrupted flurry of Hooper’s filing attempts. Peterson has won two in a row after two fights.

The 21-year-old Hooper from Enumclaw, Washington, has lost two of his last three fights after starting his career unbeaten in his first 10 fights.

Despite the tough win, Peterson hasn’t covered himself with fame this weekend. He lost 2½ pounds on Friday and had to give up 20% of his wallet to Hooper. And at the beginning of the third round, Peterson feigned a glove touch, but instead fired a large overhand right.

This led to a derogatory comment from analyst Paul Felder on the show: “Dirty move, Joe.”

Joe Rogan replied, “That’s what you’d expect from a guy who measures weight.”


– Wagenheim

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Lightweight: Fares Ziam (12-3, 2-1 UFC) defeated Luigi Vendramini (9-2, 1-2 UFC) by majority decision

Fares Ziam beats Luigi Vendramini in her fight at UFC 263. Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC

Ziam rocked Vendramini to sleep for two rounds with his jab. In the third, Vendramini finally woke up, but it wasn’t enough.

Ziam escaped by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28) in a bout that had a wild swing at the start of the third round. Ziam used his nice jab and his range advantage to keep Vendramini at a distance for the first 10 minutes. Vendramini turned it on in the third, landed great combinations on his feet, sent Ziam to the canvas, and worked on a template from there.

However, it wasn’t the dominance that resulted in a 10-8 from all three judges that would have made it a tie. A judge scored the third 10-8 for Vendramini.

Ziam, 24, has won two after dropping his UFC debut in September 2019. The native French won seven out of eight. Vendramini, a 25-year-old Brazilian, has lost two out of three in the UFC.

– Raimondi

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Heavyweight: Carlos Felipe (11-1, 3-1 UFC) defeated Jake Collier (12-6, 4-5 UFC) by split decision

Carlos Felipe took a split decision win over Jake Collier at UFC 263. Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC

Felipe (11-1) took his third win in a row and had a lot of fun.

Felipe from Brazil defeated Collier (12-5) after a split decision in a three-round fight. In a heavyweight fight that never touched the ground, it was Felipe’s superior boxing and head movements that stood out. Two judges rated it 29-28 for Felipe, a third with 29-28 for Collier.

Greaaaaat to start the night # ufc263

– Randy Costa (@ RandyCosta135) June 12, 2021

A former middleweight, Collier, from Missouri, landed some good shots early on and made Felipe’s right eye swell when hit. However, Collier got tired on the second lap and struggled to handle Felipe’s pressure. Even so, he landed more punches overall than Felipe, but Felipe’s shots seemed to have more weight.

Despite the swelling of his eyes, Felipe would sometimes mock Collier, wiping blows from his shoulders, and shuffling around the cage.

The win improves Felipe’s record in UFC 3-1. Collier is now 1-2 since moving to the heavyweight division last year.

– Okamoto

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Still to come:

Middleweight title fight: Israel Adesanya (c) (20-1, 9-1 UFC, -260) vs. Marvin Vettori (17-4-1, 8-2-1 UFC, +210)
Flyweight title fight: Deiveson Figueiredo (c) (20-1-1, 9-1-1 UFC, -220) vs. Brandon Moreno (18-5-2, 6-2-2 UFC, +180)
Welterweight (five rounds): Leon Edwards (18-3, 10-2 UFC, -550) vs. Nate Diaz (21-12, 15-10 UFC, +400)
Welterweight: Demian Maia (28-10, 20-9 UFC, +180) vs. Belal Muhammad (28-3 1 NC, 9-3 1 NC UFC, -220)
Light Heavyweight: Paul Craig (14-4-1, 6-4-1 UFC, +240) vs. Jamahal Hill (8-0 1NC, 2-0 1 NC, -300)
Lightweight: Drew Dober (23-10 1 NC, 9-6 1 NC UFC, -150) vs. Brad Riddell (9-1, 3-0 UFC, +125)
Light Heavyweight: Eryk Anders (13-5 1 NC, 5-5 1 NC UFC, -150) vs. Darren Stewart (12-6 2 NC, 5-5 2 NC UFC, +125)
Women’s flyweight: Lauren Murphy (14-4, 6-4 UFC, +120) vs. Joanne Calderwood (15-5, 7-5 UFC, -140)
(c) = defending champion

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