PHOENIX — Junk threads will stop on Saturday night, the UFC middleweight championship between Israel Adesanya and challenger Marvin Vettori is now official.
Adesanya (183.5 pounds) and Vettori (184.5) both achieved weight gain Friday morning for UFC 263’s main event on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona. The middleweight title fight limit is 185 pounds.
This was the rematch of Adesanya’s 2018 split decision win, one of the toughest battles in the running for the belt.
On Thursday, Adesanya and Vettori had repeated verbal quarrels during pre-fight press conferences until Adesanya promptly and there told Vettori to fight him, and Vettori rose to accept the offer.
Dana White, the chairman of the UFC and security, intervened, removing Vettori from the ring. ESPN finished third in Adesanya̵7;s list of pound-for-pound men’s MMA fighters. At middleweight, Adesanya is 1st; Vettori is 6th.
Adesanya, 31, (20-1) is looking to defend his third successful middleweight title. The Nigerian-born New Zealander is unbeaten at 185 pounds and has dominated the UFC since April 2019. He is set to lose to Jan Blachowicz in the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 259 when. March 6
Vettori (17-4-1) won five matches and was the hottest fighter in the division. The Italian pushed Adesanya to an end in 2018, a fight Vettori still believes he has won. The 27-year-old has not lost since. And was about to unanimously win Kevin. Holland in April
The UFC flyweight title will be featured in the co-main event. Champion Deiveson Figueiredo and challenger Brandon Moreno both succeeded in keeping the weight at 125 pounds. I’ve had weight problems before. but came in at the point at this time He is ranked 8 pounds per pound by ESPN, with him and Moreno at 1st and 2nd respectively in the flyweight class.
One of the best bouts of 2020, Figueredo (20-1-1) and Moreno (18-5-2) fought for a draw at UFC 258 last December. A six-match undefeated Brazilian and the most feared knockout artist in flyweight history, UFC Moreno, 27, struggles to become the first Mexican-born fighter to win a UFC title. Who in his last six fights
Leon Edwards will face hugely popular Nate Diaz in an unnamed welterweight boxing match in the fifth round on Saturday. Edward weighed 170.5 pounds; Diaz turned 170 on Friday morning.
The winner may be awarded the title.
Edwards (18-3, 1 NC) is unbeaten in nine matches in a row. Diaz (20-12) hasn’t fought since losing to Jorge Masvidal in his battle for the legendary BMF championship at UFC 244 in November 2019. He is Look for his first win since August 2019.
Steven Peterson lost 2.5 pounds, coming in at 148.5. For the featherweight match with Chase Hooper, Peterson will have 20% of his wallet forfeited. But the match will continue as scheduled according to UFC officials.