UFC 263 saw middleweight king Israel Adesanya ascend to new heights.
In addition, the night was dominated by the co-main event. Specifically, Brandon Moreno made history when defeating Deiveson Figueiredo with a quick rear-naked choke.
Israel Adesanya defended his middleweight title in a rematch against Italian-born contender Marvin Vettori in the main event of the evening. But that’s not all, we even had an unprecedented five-round affair between none other than Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards.
UFC Crowns First-Ever Mexican Born Champion
The first-ever Mexican-born champion was crowned in Moreno. The Mexican title challenger took the belt from the fearsome Deiveson Figueiredo.
While their last bout resulted in a majority draw, their second time out had a much different tone and finality. In particular, many noticed that Figueiredo’s weight cut easily could have impacted his performance. Although, in his title-winning performance, Moreno represented the country of Mexico proudly. Certainly, that was a big part of the night but UFC 263 had a couple of other storylines.
Only For Stockton’s Nate Diaz
In an unprecedented five-round fight non-title and non-co-main event, Nate Diaz went to war against Leon “Rocky” Edwards. As many predicted, Edwards mostly had his way with Stockton slugger on the feet until late into the fight. In essence, Edwards got caught being lazy. Specifically, the Englishman got slapped and then rocked with a follow-up shot from Diaz. Since it was the most dramatic strike of the fight, it seems that is what many have taken away from their epic five-round clash. However, Diaz went on to lose a unanimous decision.
Pros React To UFC 263 Co-Main Event
Pros React To UFC 263 Main Event
Following the Diaz/Edwards fight and Moreno capturing the flyweight title, middleweight king Israel Adesanya would defend his title in style against Vettori in a rematch at UFC 263 in Arizona in front of a full capacity crowd.
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