Israel Adesanya has retained his middleweight championship title after defeating rival
Marvin Vettori at UFC 263 on Saturday, June 12.
Marvin Vettori believed he won his 2018 clash with Israel Adesanya and never stopped
calling for a rematch with the man who would go on to become UFC middleweight
champion. Vettori got his rematch on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 263 and
came up empty, with Adesanya taking a clear decision victory at Gila River Arena in
In the end, Adesanya took every round on all three official scorecards, winning by scores
of 50-45 across the board. Adesanya has now successfully defended the 185-pound
championship three times and rebounded from a loss in his previous fight, an attempt to
become a two-division champion when he went to light heavyweight to face 205-pound
champion Jan Blachowicz.
After his victory, Adesanya called for a rematch with Robert Whittaker, the man he
defeated to become champion. He said;
“Whittaker, my arch-nemesis, Bobby. I don’t know what the f— is gonna happen with
COVID. We need to run that back in Auckland, in my territory this time. I’ll tell you what
it is, I get to decide, you don’t get to decide, because why? I’m the motherf—ing king,
Prior to the fight with Vettori, Adesanya had shared a screenshot of a message he got
from his opponent’s fan. The fan was hurling racial slurs at him, ahead of the fight with
the Italian fighter.