UFC 263 Was all we wanted to see in a paper view, like Diaz, on the other hand, comes dangerously close to pulling off a last-minute miracle. Diaz (20-13) seriously wobbled Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) in the last minute of their five-round battle and was on the edge of stopping him at the final horn in a featured fight on the UFC 263 program inside Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, after being bloodied and brutalized for four-plus rounds. Edwards held on for a unanimous decision by identical scores of 49-46, avoiding a heartbreaking setback that would’ve been par for the course in his recent run of terrible luck and fights to fall apart.
In the second round, Figueiredo changed things up by taking Moreno to the mat early, much to the chagrin of the Phoenix fans. Moreno remained composed on the ground, fending off a pair of guillotine choke attempts before returning to his feet. Moreno followed up with a takedown of his own, landing in the champion’s full guard until the end of the round.
Finally, When it comes to the main event Vettori felt short against Adesanya By a two-to-one margin, Adesanya was announced the winner. He went on to win his next seven fights, collecting the interim championship in the process, before knocking out Robert Whittaker to become the undisputed champion. After the fight, Izzy called out Robert Whittaker.
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 Technical Submission (armbar) 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
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