|UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||June 12, 2021|
|Venue||Gila River Arena|
|City||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2 was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on June 12, 2021 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, United States.
The event was the second that the promotion has contested in Glendale, following UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje in April 2018. Zuffa had previously hosted the final World Extreme Cagefighting event, WEC 53, at the arena in December 2010.
A UFC Middleweight Championship bout between current champion Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori headlined the event. The pair previously met at UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje, where Adesanya won via split decision.
A UFC Flyweight Championship rematch between champion Deiveson Figueiredo and former title challenger Brandon Moreno took place as the co-main event. The pairing previously met in December 2020 at UFC 256, where Figueiredo retained the title after the bout was scored a majority draw.
A light heavyweight bout between Paul Craig and Jamahal Hill took place at the event. The pairing was previously scheduled to take place at UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland, but Hill withdrew from that event on March 10 after testing positive for COVID-19.
A welterweight fight between Leon Edwards and former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Nate Diaz (also The Ultimate Fighter 5 lightweight winner) was expected to take place at UFC 262. However, Diaz pulled out due to a minor injury in early May and the bout took place at this event. Despite the different date, the pairing retained its original status, marking the first time in UFC history that a non-title bout other than the main event was scheduled for five rounds.
A women's bantamweight bout between Karol Rosa and Sijara Eubanks was scheduled to take place at the event. However, Rosa pulled out of the fight in late-May citing an eye injury. In turn, Eubanks was removed from the card and will face Priscila Cachoeira six weeks later at UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw instead.
A lightweight bout between Frank Camacho and Matt Frevola was originally scheduled to take place at UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov in June 2020, but Frevola was pulled from the fight during the week leading up to the event after teammate and cornerman Billy Quarantillo tested positive for COVID-19. Despite two negative tests, Frevola was removed from the bout in an abundance of caution. They were then rescheduled for this event. In turn, Camacho pulled out of the fight four days before the event after being injured in a car accident. Frevola faced promotional newcomer Terrance McKinney instead.
At the weigh-ins, Steven Peterson weighed in at 148.5 pounds, two and a half pounds over the featherweight non-title fight limit. His bout proceeded at catchweight and he was fined 20% of his purse, which went to his opponent Chase Hooper.
|Middleweight||Israel Adesanya (c)||def.||Marvin Vettori||Decision (unanimous) (50–45, 50–45, 50–45)||5||5:00||[a]|
|Flyweight||Brandon Moreno||def.||Deiveson Figueiredo (c)||Submission (rear-naked choke)||3||2:26||[b]|
|Welterweight||Leon Edwards||def.||Nate Diaz||Decision (unanimous) (49–46, 49–46, 49–46)||5||5:00|
|Welterweight||Belal Muhammad||def.||Demian Maia||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Paul Craig||def.||Jamahal Hill||TKO (elbows and punches)||1||1:59|
|Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+)|
|Lightweight||Brad Riddell||def.||Drew Dober||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Eryk Anders||def.||Darren Stewart||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 29–27)||3||5:00|
|Women's Flyweight||Lauren Murphy||def.||Joanne Calderwood||Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Movsar Evloev||def.||Hakeem Dawodu||Decision (unanimous) (29–27, 29–27, 29–27)||3||5:00|
|Early preliminary card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)|
|Women's Bantamweight||Pannie Kianzad||def.||Alexis Davis||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Terrance McKinney||def.||Matt Frevola||KO (punches)||1||0:07|
|Catchweight (148.5 lb)||Steven Peterson||def.||Chase Hooper||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Fares Ziam||def.||Luigi Vendramini||Decision (majority) (29–28, 29–28, 28–28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Carlos Felipe||def.||Jake Collier||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.
The event broke the record for the most decisions on a single UFC card with 11, breaking the four way tie with UFC 169, UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi, UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping, and UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov. This event was also the longest UFC event with 3:19:32 of fight time.
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