UFC 263

UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2
UFC 263 poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJune 12, 2021 (2021-06-12)
VenueGila River Arena
CityGlendale, Arizona, United States
Total gate$4,200,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2 UFC on ESPN: Jung vs. Ige

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.[2][3]


The event was the second that the promotion has contested in Glendale, following UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje in April 2018.[3] Zuffa had previously hosted the final World Extreme Cagefighting event, WEC 53, at the arena in December 2010.[3]

A UFC Middleweight Championship bout between current champion Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori headlined the event.[4] The pair previously met at UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje, where Adesanya won via split decision.[5]

A UFC Flyweight Championship rematch between champion Deiveson Figueiredo and former title challenger Brandon Moreno took place as the co-main event.[2] The pairing previously met in December 2020 at UFC 256, where Figueiredo retained the title after the bout was scored a majority draw.[6]

A light heavyweight bout between Paul Craig and Jamahal Hill took place at the event.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] However, Diaz pulled out due to a minor injury in early May and the bout took place at this event.[10] 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.[11]

A women's bantamweight bout between Karol Rosa and Sijara Eubanks was scheduled to take place at the event.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] They were then rescheduled for this event.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
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


Bonus awards

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[19]

  • Fight of the Night: Brad Riddell vs. Drew Dober
  • Performance of the Night: Brandon Moreno and Paul Craig

Records set

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.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Mike Bohn (2021-06-13). "UFC 263 post-event facts: Decision-heavy card shatters record for most fight time". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  2. ^ a b Ariel Helwani (2021-02-25). "UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo to again fight Brandon Moreno on June 12". espn.com. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  3. ^ a b c Richard Obert (2021-05-01). "UFC 263 coming to Gila River Arena in Glendale on June 12". azcentral.com. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  4. ^ Brett Okamoto (2021-04-24). "UFC finalizing middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori, Dana White says". espn.com. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  5. ^ Andrew Pearson (2018-04-14). "UFC on Fox 29 results: Israel Adesanya outlasts Marvin Vettori for first career decision win". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  6. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2020-12-13). "UFC 256 results, highlights: Deiveson Figueiredo, Brandon Moreno fight to a draw in an instant classic". cbssports.com. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  7. ^ Staff (2021-03-24). "Multiple UFC fights announced, including Craig vs. Hill". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2021-03-24. (in Dutch)
  8. ^ Farrah Hannoun (2021-03-10). "UFC on ESPN 21 co-main event scrapped after Jamahal Hill forced to withdraw from Paul Craig bout". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  9. ^ Nolan King and Mike Bohn (2021-03-30). "UFC 262 books Nate Diaz vs. Leon Edwards for five-round co-main event in Houston". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  10. ^ Damon Martin (2021-05-03). "Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz rescheduled from UFC 262 in May to UFC 263 in June". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  11. ^ Marc Raimondi (2021-05-04). "Nate Diaz battling minor injury; fight vs. Leon Edwards moved to UFC 263 in June". espn.com. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  12. ^ Raphael Marinho (2021-03-18). "UFC sets duel between Karol Rosa and Sijara Eubanks for UFC 263, June 12". globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 2021-05-28. (in Portuguese)
  13. ^ Raphael Marinho and Zeca Azevedo (2021-05-28). "UFC: Karol Rosa injures her eye and Pedrita replaces her against Sijara Eubanks". globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 2021-05-28. (in Portuguese)
  14. ^ Farah Hannoun (2020-06-18). "Matt Frevola out of UFC on ESPN 11 after cornerman Billy Quarantillo tests positive for COVID-19". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  15. ^ Alex Behunin (2021-04-18). "Frank Camacho vs. Matt Frevola set for UFC 263". cagesidepress.com. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  16. ^ Matthew Wells, John Morgan and Nolan King (2021-06-08). "Frank Camacho in car accident, out of UFC 263; Terrance McKinney agrees to fight Matt Frevola". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  17. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2021-06-11). "UFC 263 weigh-in results: Deiveson Figueiredo makes weight at last minute for flyweight championship bout". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  18. ^ https://m.sherdog.com/events/UFC-263-Adesanya-vs-Vettori-2-88760
  19. ^ Staff (2021-06-13). "UFC 263 bonuses: That wicked arm injury Paul Craig delivered was worth an extra $50,000". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-06-13.


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