Adesanya remains middleweight champion; Moreno dethrones Figueiredo

By John Christopher Aquino

UFC 263 saw two championship bouts as Israel Adesanya defended his middleweight championship after dominating Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision, and Brandon Moreno submitting Deiveson Figueiredo for the flyweight championship in Glendale, Arizona.

Israel Adesanya of Nigeria reacts after defeating Marvin Vettori of Italy by unanimous decision to win the middleweight championship during UFC 263 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. AFP
The co-main event was a championship rematch between Moreno and Figueiredo as their last bout ended in a draw. After dominating the previous rounds, Moreno closed the match with a third-round rear naked choke to become Mexico’s first UFC champion.

The main event was a rematch between Adesanya and Vettori, who both stepped into the octagon with bad blood. 

The continuous trash talk before the bout came to a close once the cage door shut, with Adesanya defending the middleweight championship via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45). 

The champion then called out no.1-ranked UFC middleweight in Robert Whittaker for a rematch.

The event also featured the return of UFC icon Nate Diaz, who fell to Leon Edwards’ striking prowess.

Topics: Israel Adesanya , Marvin Vettori , UFC 263 , Brandon Moreno , Deiveson Figueiredo
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