In March, Israel Adesanya suffered the first defeat of his MMA career when he failed to try to become UFC double champion to Jan Blachowicz. Now he’s back in his traditional weight class and wants to put his stamp on it again against Marvin Vettori. Before that, Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno still have a score to settle. And the sting in the flesh of the UFC, Nate Diaz, is back to thwart Leon Edward’s title ambitions.
Both the pre-program and the main program of UFC Vegas 28 will be broadcast on the UFC Fight Pass, which starts at 9.99 euros per month ufc.tv is available. The main program is also based on DAZN shown. A subscription there costs 11.99 euros per month with the option to cancel monthly, or 119 euros per year. The first month is free. There are no additional costs for UFC events.
Here are the start times:
Pre-program (ufc.tv): Sunday, June 13th, 12:00 am
Main program (ufc.tv/DAZN): Sunday, June 13th, 4:00 a.m.
Der Main Event: Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori
Three years after their first meeting, there is a rematch between Israel Adesanya (20-1) and Marvin Vectors (17-3-1). In 2018 the two fought once at a FOX event, Adesanya won divided on points and made his way towards the top.
Since then a lot has happened. The “Last Stylebender” has not only risen to become the undisputed king of the weight class, but also one of the UFC’s biggest stars. The former kickboxer catapulted himself to the throne in no time at all and was even allowed to try his way up a weight class after defending his title convincingly against Paulo Costa, although it went wrong against Jan Blachowicz.
Vettori on the other hand has remained undefeated since then and has shown himself to the UFC as a good employee who is willing to accept short-term changes and still deliver. The UFC needs a main fight against Jack Hermansson? Vettori is there. Darren Till cancels? Vettori takes Kevin Holland. The UFC appreciates this kind of fighter that the Italian does not hold back verbally either, has let his shares rise further.
Now he gets his revenge and hopes to build on the third round of the first meeting when he scored with takedowns. Adesanya, who has not only given a shovel since then, is not the favorite in the game against Vettori for nothing.
Der Co-Main Event: Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno
Meet beforehand Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1) and Brandon Moreno (18-5-2) for the second time within six months. The two were in the main fight of UFC 256 and made UFC history together as they stood in a title fight three weeks after winning.
In the first fight Figueiredo was able to convince over long distances and was most of the fight over in the forward gear, a point deduction because of a low kick cost him the victory and ensured a majority draw. Moreno was often forced into reverse, but could score good hits himself, just not enough to crack Figueiredo.
Now they are in the cage again. Three months of preparation instead of three weeks. This could especially help the massive Brazilian who has to get the bigger weight cut behind them. In any case, fans can look forward to up to five rounds of high-class and fast-paced MMA sport in the flyweight division.
The main event of hearts: Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz
The UFC is always good for a surprise. Because although there are already two title fights scheduled for five rounds in the program, there is also something between Nate Diaz (20-12) and Leon Edwards (18-3) over up to five rounds to the point. A novelty. But maybe suitable for the secret main event of the hearts.
Because nobody can doubt Nate Diaz’s pulling power with UFC fans, he, who recently made himself rare again, is the star of the event next to Adesanya. His condition was a fight over five rounds, the Englishman would be happy to do him a favor, as a long fight would even suit him.
Edwards wants to beat the biggest name of his career so far against Diaz and thus finally earn a revenge against Kamaru Usman for the UFC title. The good sense of distance and all-round skills that Edwards possess like few world champions make the Englishman a favorite in this duel.
But Diaz wouldn’t be Diaz if his uncomfortable and fast-paced style weren’t always good for a surprise. The Californian likes to cover his opponents with punches until they shift the fight to the mat only to get them to surrender there. In the past this has always worked brilliantly, but whether Edwards will do him this favor or not with hard elbows in the clinch is the question of whether Diaz’s scar tissue will tear again.
The further program
The rest of UFC 263 is also more than impressive. BJJ luminary Demian Maia (28-10) prepares against Belal Muhammad | (18-3 (1)) is saying goodbye to MMA sport and hopes to get a real farewell match from the UFC with a win. The wild Scot Paul Craig (14-4-1) wants the explosive American Jamahal Hill (8-0 (1)) take the perfect balance.
Close the preliminary program beforehand Brad Riddell (9-1) and Drew Good (23-10 (1)). After he didn’t see a stitch on the mat against Makhachev, Dober wants to let his fists fly again against the Australian kickboxer Riddell.
In a duel between Lauren Murphy (14-4) and Joanne Calderwood (15-5) could previously emerge as the next challenger to Valentina Shevchenko’s flyweight title. And in Hakeem Dawodu (12-1-1) and Movsar Evloev (14-0) two aspiring featherweights meet on their way to the top ten.
The program at a glance:
12. June 2021
Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, USA
Middleweight title fight
Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vectors
Flyweight title fight
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno
Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz
Demian Maia vs. Belal Muhammad
Paul Craig vs. Jamahal Hill
Drew Dober vs. Brad Riddell
Darren Stewart vs. Eryk Anders
Joanne Calderwood vs. Lauren Murphy
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Movsar Evloev
Alexis Davis vs. Miss Kianzad
Terrance McKinney vs. Matt Frevola
Chase Hooper vs. Steven Peterson
Luigi Vendramini vs. Ziam Fares
Jake Collier vs. Carlos Felipe