Many fight fans were pining for Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 to be next up for “The Last Style Bender.” Instead the UFC 263 contracts were signed for Adesanya vs. Vettori 2. Sometimes a close fight (ending in a split decision favoring Israel) can build a perfect storm for a rematch, and that is exactly what we got at UFC 263.
As fight week went on, the bad blood between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori simmered to a boil. The champ and “The Italian Dream” clearly did not like one another.
Marvin Vettori not only had revenge on his mind in trying to earn a win over repeat rival Israel, but also saw an opportunity to become the first ever Italian UFC champion.
Israel Adesanya had seen his pursuit of Champ Champ status came up fruitless, losing to the current light heavyweight champion Jan Błachowicz a few months back. But at UFC 263, Adesanya had no time to dwell on the loss. Instead, he needed to show Vettori that he had made the necessary adjustments, what with a blueprint for success being laid out in that 205lb fight.
While Vettori had success with a takedown in the opening round, at UFC 263 Israel Adesanya once again earned a tactical victory over the Italian. Israel showcased the skills he had acquired since the two last met back in 2018. Adesanya took his foe deep into the fifth round, earning the unanimous decision and adding another title defense to his ever-growing legacy as the UFC middleweight champion.
PROS GIVE THEIR TAKE
Here are the pros’ reactions to the UFC 263 main event inside a jam-packed arena in Glendale, Arizona.
— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) June 13, 2021
Love the rivalry here ! #UFC263
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) June 13, 2021
Izzy’s distance management and range control is high level. And his defensive grappling looks like it’s leveled up. #UFC263
— Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) June 13, 2021
No interview with Marvin? He is probably arguing with the judges right now! 😂 #ufc263
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) June 13, 2021
How could you not learn from the costa fight… pure arrogance thinking you can just eat leg kicks #ufc263
— Jessy Jess (@missjessyjess) June 13, 2021
It's hard to see anyone beating Adesanya at 185lb right now.
His striking and range control is just at another level #UFC263
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) June 13, 2021
Ass grab baby
— C H🖕🏽T O🇪🇨V E R A (@chitoveraUFC) June 13, 2021
Izzy grabbed his ass the way I grab my husbands 😂
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) June 13, 2021
😂😂 Izzy a fool!
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) June 13, 2021
I was hoping Vettori would come in more like Jan for this fight. Chop Israel down
— Randa Markos (@randamma) June 13, 2021
Lmfaooo!! 🤣🤣 Gimmie dat 🍑! 😩 #UFC263
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) June 13, 2021