UFC 263 Predictions: Adesanya vs. Vettori & Main Card Picks (June 12)

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  • UFC 263 set to showcase 14 fights.
  • Nate Diaz set for long-awaited return and will face Leon Edwards in five-round brawl.
  • Middleweight title showdown between Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori will headline.

This weekend is set to showcase yet another hugely exciting UFC PPV event.

UFC 263, which is scheduled to take place at the Gila River Arena in Arizona, will see 14 fights take place across the event’s early prelims, prelims, and main card.

With Saturday night’s main card expected to be opened by light heavyweights Paul Craig and Jamahal Hill, fight fans are likely to treated to an enthralling show from start to finish.

Following on from Craig vs. Hill, a double helping of welterweight action is then expected to ensue.

Jiu-Jitsu ace Damian Maia is set to take on Belal Muhammad before ‘Rocky’ Edwards welcomes fan-favorite Diaz back to the octagon following a near two-year-long layoff.

Co-headlining the promotion’s latest PPV event will see a rematch between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno for the flyweight title.

Capping the exciting main card off in true UFC style, middleweight king Adesanya will face Italian Vettori in what will be a re-run of the pair’s 2018 encounter.

UFC 263: Full Schedule

Early Prelims

  • Heavyweight: Carlos Felipe ( 10-1) vs. Jake Collier (12-5)
  • Lightweight: Fares Ziam (11-3) vs. Luigi Vendramini (9-1)
  • Featherweight: Chase Hooper (10-1-1) vs. Steven Peterson (18-9)
  • Lightweight: Matt Frevola (8-2-1) vs. Terrance McKinney (10-3)
  • Women’s Bantamweight: Pannie Kianzad (15-5) vs. Alexis Davis (20-10)

Prelims

  • Featherweight: Movsar Evloev (14-0) vs. Hakeem Dawodu (12-1-1)
  • Women’s Flyweight: Lauren Murphy (14-4) vs. Joanne Calderwood (15-5)
  • Light Heavyweight: Eryk Anders (13-5) vs. Darren Stewart (12-6)
  • Lightweight: Drew Dober (23-10) vs. Brad Riddell (9-1)

Main-Card

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Light Heavyweight: Paul Craig (14-4-1) vs. Jamahal Hill (8-0)

What a great way to kick UFC 263’s main card off!

Craig, who boasts a stacked frame, is an exceptionally hard hitter and even better on the ground.

Despite coming in as one of the event’s biggest underdogs, we’re backing the more experienced veteran to be the fighter to get his hand raised.

Prediction: Craig Paul via submission.

Sep 21, 2019; Mexico City, MEX; Paul Craig (blue gloves) defeats Vinicius Moreira (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Mexico City Arena. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Paul Craig celebrating victory | Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Welterweight: Damian Maia (28-10) vs. Belal Muhammad (18-3)

The second fight on UFC 263’s main card will see an old veteran take on one of the promotion’s rising stars.

Despite recently suffering an unfortunate no-contest result against Edwards, Muhammad will rightfully come into Saturday’s bout as the overwhelming favorite.

Currently riding an impressive five-fight unbeaten streak, we expect the Chicago-born striker to get one over on the rapidly declining Maia.

Prediction: Belal Muhammad via decision.

Sep 7, 2019; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Belal Muhammad (red gloves) fights Takashi Sato (not pictured) during UFC 242 at The Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports
Belal Muhammad at UFC 242 | Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

Welterweight: Leon Edwards (18-3) vs. Nate Diaz (21-12)

Edwards and Diaz will be the UFC’s first-ever fight that is a non-title bout or co-main event to showcase five grueling rounds.

Coming back after a near 48 month layoff, Diaz will be keen to impress.

However, following on from a huge rise that sees his English opponent on a stunning six-year-long unbeaten run, beating ‘Rocky’ will not be an easy task.

Prediction: Leon Edwards via decision.

Jul 20, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; Leon Edwards (blue gloves) after his win over Rafael Dos Anjos (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at AT&T Center. Edwards won by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
Leon Edwards | Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Flyweight: Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1) vs. Brandon Moreno (18-5)

This one has ‘Fight of the Night’ written all over it!

Just six months after the pair’s enthralling encounter at UFC 256, which eventually ended in a majority draw, Figueiredo is set to defend his flyweight strap against Moreno once again.

Virtually impossible to call, we’re going to stick our necks on the line and call another underdog win, which will, in turn, see the 125lb belt change hands.

Prediction: Brandon Moreno via decision.

Mar 14, 2020; Brasilia, Brazil; Brandon Moreno in the press room during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio Nilson Nelson. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports
Top flyweight contender Brandon Moreno | Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Middleweight: Israel Adesanya (20-1) vs. Marvin Vettori (17-4)

Set to conclude what should be a night of jam-packed action, Nigerian kickboxer Adesanya will take on rising contender Vettori in an exciting rematch.

All through the lead-up to Saturday’s main event, the animosity between the pair has been bubbling beneath the surface with fight fans eager to see which fighter will come out on top.

Vettori is likely to execute a game plan which will include grappling and wrestling, whereas Adesanya will almost certainly look to rely on his striking from range.

UFC 263’s main event is another exceptionally tough fight to call, but we’re going for the dog, once again.

Prediction: Marvin Vettori via decision.

June 13, 2020; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marvin Vettori of Italy celebrates after his submission victory over Karl Roberson in their middleweight fight during UFC Fight Night at the UFC APEX.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports
Marvin Vettori will be looking to hand Israel Adesanya just his second-ever loss when he faces the Nigerian for the middleweight title in UFC 263’s main-event | Mandatory Credit: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports
Leah is a 28-year-old professional British sports journalist who specialises in reporting on top-flight European football and MMA. Leah works for a top-tier UK sports media company which is where she can be found providing exclusive content and interviews with some of sport's biggest names. In her spare time Leah enjoys playing poker and listening to American hip-hop!

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