Israel Adesanya, Brandon Moreno make it big at UFC 263; Plus Full Results
Israel Adesanya got the win via decision as his attack on Marvin Vettori’s lead leg and takedown defense helped him one up the opponent on the judges’ scorecard. As confirmed by UFC President Dana White, he will next defend his strap against Robert Whittaker for the second time.
While the middleweight champion triumphed, UFC flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo fell to a familiar rival. Brendon Moreno finished what he failed to do so in the last outing against Figueiredo.
Moreno put on a stellar performance to become the first-ever Mexican-born UFC champion. The new flyweight king was ecstatic to get his new belt as he poured his emotions out after submitting Figueiredo in the third round.
The other fight that sent the MMA fraternity abuzz was the Edwards-Diaz clash. Leon Edwards thumped Nate Diaz to win his 19th pro MMA fight. He won the fight via decision after surviving a late scare where Diaz went berserk. The Stockton Slugger went for a finish, but the fightback was too late.
UFC 263 Official Results
Israel Adesanya (c) def. Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Brandon Moreno (c) def. Deiveson Figueiredo via third-round submission (rear naked choke)
Leon Edwards def. Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Belal Muhammad def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Paul Craig def. Jamahal Hill via first-round TKO (arm injury)
Brad Riddell def. Drew Dober via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Eryk Anders def. Darren Stewart via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Lauren Murphy def. Joanne Calderwood via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Movsar Evloev def. Hakeem Dawodu via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Pannie Kianzad def. Alexis Davis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Terrance McKinney def. Matt Frevola via first-round TKO (punches)
Steven Peterson def. Chase Hooper via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Fares Ziam def. Luigi Vendramini via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Carlos Felipe def. Jake Collier via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)