Taking main event honours, a middleweight championship rematch between defending gold holder, Israel Adesanya and the #3 ranked contender, Marvin Vettori — with the pair re-running their UFC Fight Night Glendale matchup back in April of 2018 which ended in a split decision win for Adesanya.
Hoping to rebound to the winner’s enclosure for the first time in his professional mixed martial arts career, Adesanya returns to the middleweight division for the first time since a UFC 259 light heavyweight title challenge loss to Jan Blachowicz back in March.
For Trento native, Vettori, he’s won five consecutively since his 2018 loss to Adesanya, most recently besting Kevin Holland at UFC on ABC 2 in April.
In the night’s co-headliner, a flyweight championship takes place as defending champion, Deiveson Figueiredo takes on the #1 ranked flyweight contender, Brandon Moreno in a rematch of their Fight of the Year contender in December at UFC 256.
Featuring in the first five round, non-title, non main event in the history of the UFC, the #3 ranked welterweight challenger, Leon Edwards meets the returning veteran, Nate Diaz in a high-profile main card tilt prior to the night’s two title fights.
UFC 263 Results: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2
Main Card: (ESPN+ Pay-Per-View 10 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Israel Adesanya (c) def Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision (50-45 x3)
Flyweight: Brandon Moreno def. Deiveson Figueiredo (c) via third round (2:26) submission (rear-naked choke)
Welterweight: Leon Edwards def. Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (49-46 x3)
Welterweight: Belal Muhammad def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (30-27, and 29-28 x2)
Light Heavyweight: Paul Craig def. Jamahal Hill via first round (1:59) technical submission (armbar)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN/ESPN+ 8 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Brad Riddell def. Drew Dober via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Light Heavyweight: Eryk Anders def. Darren Stewart via unanimous decision (29-28, and 29-27 x2)
Flyweight: Lauren Murphy def. Joanne Calderwood via split decision (29-28 x2, and 28-29)
Featherweight: Movsar Evloev def. Hakeem Dawodu via unanimous decision (29-27 x3)
Early Preliminary Card: (ESPN+ 6 p.m. ET)
Bantamweight: Pannie Kianzad def. Alexis Davis via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, and 29-28)
Lightweight: Terrance McKinney def. Matt Frevola via first round (0:07) KO (punches)
Catchweight (148.5lbs): Steven Peterson def. Chase Hooper via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, and 29-28)
Lightweight: Fares Ziam def. Luigi Vendramini via majority decision (29-28 x2, and 28-28)
Heavyweight: Carlos Felipe def. Jake Collier via split decision (28-29, and 29-28 x2)