Adesanya vs Vettori UK start time, live stream, TV channel and full fight card including Figueiredo vs Moreno and Edwards vs Diaz tonight
Israel Adesanya will be back under the lights at UFC 263 tonight when he defends his middleweight crown against Marvin Vettori.
Adesanya failed on his move up to light heavyweight in March as he lost to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 to suffer his first career defeat.
Now ‘The Last Stylebender’ will return to the middleweight ranks and will put his title on the line in a rematch with dangerous Italian Vettori.
The 27-year-old, who has won his last five bouts including beat Kevin Holland in April, lost to Adesanya in April 2018 and will want revenge.
The two will headline UFC 263 next weekend while Deiveson Figueiredo will also defend his flyweight belt against Brandon Moreno in another rematch following their draw in December.
The card will also include England’s Leon Edwards facing off against Conor McGregor’s old rival Nate Diaz.
UFC 263: Date and start time
The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 12 and is being held at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
The prelims will get going from 11:30pm UK time, with the main card starting from 3am on Sunday, May 16.
The main fight of Adesanya v Vettori should get under way from around 5am.
UFC 263: TV and live stream
This event will not be pay-per-view in the UK and will instead be shown on BT Sport 1 from 1am on Sunday morning.
It will be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app for subscribers.
EE mobile customers will be able to get a FREE three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150. You can then cancel the trial at any time.
The early prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass and in the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ABC and ESPN+.
UFC 263: Fight card
- MAIN EVENT: Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Marvin Vettori – For the UFC Middleweight Championship
- Deiveson Figueiredo (c) vs. Brandon Moreno – For the UFC Flyweight Championship.
- Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz, Welterweight
- Demian Maia vs. Belal Muhammad, Welterweight
- Paul Craig vs. Jamahal Hill, Light Heavyweight
- Drew Dober vs. Brad Riddell, Lightweight
- Eryk Anders vs. Darren Stewart, Light Heavyweight
- Lauren Murphy vs. Joanne Calderwood, Women’s Flyweight
- Movsar Evloev vs. Hakeem Dawodu, Featherweight
- Pannie Kianzad vs. Alexis Davis, Women’s Bantamweight
- Frank Camacho vs. Matt Frevola, Lightweight
- Chase Hooper vs. Steven Peterson, Featherweight
- Fares Ziam vs. Luigi Vendramini, Lightweight
- Carlos Felipe vs. Jake Collier, Heavyweight
UFC 263: What has been said?
Marvin Vettori: “People pictured him like the Mayweather of MMA, and he’s not. He’s not.
“Jan was doing a great job defensively and then he was able to take him down again.
“People were picturing him like this phenom. He’s good, but he gets hit, and he misses a lot of shots, and he gets taken down. I can do all of that.
“With Jan, the last time he got taken down, he kind of quit. He was just laying there.
“Adesanya, when it comes to the middle of the cage, when he’s taken down in the middle of the cage and he doesn’t have the cage, he’s pretty useless on the floor to be honest.
“Kevin Holland is a better jiu-jitsu player than Adesanya for sure. Even when Adesanya said, and I made fun of it because even after the Blachowicz fight he was like, ‘I was trying to go for deep half.’
“I’m like, what the f**k are you talking about. There was no attempt to go to deep half. That shows you don’t know what deep half is, and I know exactly what deep half is, because I’ve been training with (Fabricio) Werdum. I actually used deep half in my Roberson fight. I used it successfully.
“His game and the way he fights, because he scrambles hard the moment you try to take him down next to the cage, but yeah definitely when he’s down, he’s pretty useless to be honest.”