Nigerian-born UFC Middleweight Champion, Israel Adesanya, will be returning to the ring for a lock-on battle with Marvin Vettori on Sunday. He has vowed to give his opponent a hiding in the fight which is his first time since his unanimous loss to Jan Blachowicz on March 7.
It is billed for the River Arena, Glendale, Arizona, USA, and coming under UFC 263 Action and will beamed live, beginning with the undercards at 1:00am. The main event will come up at 3:00am on SuperSport Grandstand, SuperSport Action, and SuperSport Variety 3, DStv channels 201, 210 and 208.
Adesanya who lost for the first time to Blachowicz in an obvious failed attempt to step up to the light heavyweight division, will enter Sunday’s encounter with his UFC Middleweight World Championship belt on the line. Adesanya, better known as ‘Last Stylebender’ defeated the Italian via split decision in April 2018.
The fight, which appears to have special interest for African MMA watchers, including his fans, will be beamed live beginning with preliminaries telecast at 1.00 am. The main card will come live at 3.00 am on SuperSport Grandstand, SuperSport Action, and SuperSport Variety 3 on DStv channels 201, 210 & 208.
“I wanted to fight Rob (Robert Whittaker) after I saw him with Kelvin (Gastelum),” Adesanya said.
On why he agreed to another fight with Vettori, Adesanya quipped, “Marvin’s like, ‘I want to go in October,’ Rob’s like, ‘I want to go in September.’ I’m like, ‘Look, I’m going in June. Whoever wants it, step up.’ The Italian stepped up, so kudos to him. But yeah, we already know. He’s holding onto that loss better than his best wins. So yeah, I’m in his head rent-free.”
Vettori who has notched up a 17-4 streak, has added five straight wins to his collection since his loss to the Last Style bender. Impressively, he ended his last fight with a unanimous decision over Kevin Holland in April.
The Italian Dream as he is referred to, believes is of the view that Adesanya’s defeat to Blachowicz is the blueprint for him to claim revenge.
“With Jan, the last time he got taken down, he kind of quit. He was just laying there. 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,” he boasted.
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