Israel Adesanya returned to his absolute best at UFC 263 when he defeated Marvin Vettori in the rematch to continue his reign as the UFC middleweight champion.
The Last Stylebender controlled the pace of the fight extremely win to make it 2-0 against the Italian Dream. Vettori was unable to take the champion down despite making several attempts.
Adesanya clinched the win via a unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45), just like his first win over Vettori. The UFC champ seemed to have learned well from his last loss on lightweight debut against Jan Blachowicz.
Speaking to Joe Rogan after the win, Adesanya made it clear that he wants Rob Whittaker next.
“I don’t know what will happen with all this COVID s**t, but if he wants to run that back, we will do it in Auckland – my territory. Do you know why? Because I’m the mother f***ing king of this place,” the middleweight champion affirmed.
Whittaker, who has once lost to Adesanya, was quick to respond.
“Rest up, see you soon,” he replied on Twitter to confirm that he is up for the challenge as well.
— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) June 13, 2021
UFC President Dana White also had some words for the Adesanya-Vettori fight.
“It’s almost like he gets better every time,” White said. “The other thing I love about Adesanya is that before this [Vettori] fight happened, two or three days ago, we got the word that ‘I want to fight again in October’. He hadn’t even fought yet and this kid is talking about his next fight. I love that,” White said in a press conference held after UFC 263.
“Adesanya has become a very badass champion for us. We’ll figure out him and Whittaker ASAP. New Zealand or Australia I would highly doubt it [as a location because of Covid-19 restrictions].”
Brendon Moreno is the new flyweight champ
Brendon Moreno made history at UFC 263 as he upset the odds to defeat Deiveson Figueiredo. Moreno, who was once cut from the UFC, is now the first-ever Mexican to become the UFC flyweight champion.
The Assasin Baby became emotional after overwhelming Figueiredo in the rematch after their last match ended in a majority draw.
“Man, I worked so hard for this, man…Watch me now, man! Watch me now holding this, man. This is unbelievable.” Brandon Moreno told Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview.
Edwards gets the better of Nate Diaz
Leon Edwards put on a sublime show against Nate Diaz to add another win to his resume. Diaz went berserk in the final moments of the last round but did not finish Edwards when he had the chance.
Edwards went on to win the fight via unanimous decision.
After the contest concluded, Edwards admitted that Diaz’s punches jolted him in a way no other fighter has been able to.
This was the Stockton Slugger’s 13th pro-MMA loss.